Posted: Mar 11, 2019
- Palmetto Golf Club - Aiken, S.C.
- Par 70 course (6,617 yards)
- First & Second Rounds: Monday, March 11
- Third Round: Tuesday, March 12
- The Field: 18 teams, 90 golfers
- After the first day of competition at USC Aiken's Palmetto Intercollegiate, Rhode Island sits in 18th place
- The Rams opened with a team score of 308 and combined for a 298 the second time through, finishing Day 1 competition 46 strokes over par.
- South Carolina sits atop the team leaderboard at 23-under (268-269=537).
- Virginia (-6), Clemson (+1), UAB (+4) and Memphis (+5) round out the top-5.
- The only other Atlantic 10 program competing in the tournament is VCU, which is in 11th place after two rounds with a team score of 581 (+21).
- Senior Dawson Jones leads Rhode Island through 36 holes, sitting in 28th place at 3-over par. He finished the first round in 73 strokes and carded an even 70 in the afternoon.
- Sophomore Chris Francoeur is tied for 62nd overall, with a two-round score of 149 (74-75).
- Playing in the five slot for Rhode Island, freshman Austin Fox ranks third on the team with a two-round score of 154 (79-75).
- Redshirt senior Brody King will enter Tuesday's final round in 89th place after combining for a 162 (82-80).
- Making his first career appearance for the Rams, freshman Sean Taylor opened with an 88 but knocked 10 strokes off his second-round score to finish the day in 90th place with a 166.
Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take
- Our goal was to come south and get in some rounds outdoors. Playing in this storied event is a bonus.
- In my eight years as coach, Palmetto presents the toughest challenge of any golf course we've played simply because of the greens. This is not a good golf course, it is a great golf course.
- Obviously, having Jason get so sick that he couldn't play really, really hurt our scoring.
- We were hosted by two great alums at their club before the tournament so I looked at the scores there as much as I looked at today's scores. We knew we had not played outside in a long time so playing the two courses was all about competitiveness and playing without your best stuff.
- Obviously Dawson is a very special player and Chris has proven he is the next great player for us. I said at the end of the fall semester that we need Austin in the lineup to be really good and aside from four or five holes in the three rounds we played down here, he has proven that.
- Brody was not Brody and I understand why so I expect him to bounce back. Sean was pressed into action when Jason got sick (following Burke being sick) so seeing 78 today was a big help.
- We simply cannot be taking scores in the eighties ever.
The Rams return to the Palmetto Golf Club for the final round of play Tuesday morning.