Trojans make moves at East Bay Classic

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. ( – Jared Bettcher, Clayton Vannoy and Luke Moser combined for 11 birdies to lead a Troy charge up the leaderboard in Monday’s second round of the East Bay Classic at Kiawah on the Turtle Point Golf Course.

Troy shot 4-over on the day to climb five spots into seventh place; the Trojans are just four shots back of fifth place and eight shots out of fourth. Augusta jumped into the lead after shooting 4-under as a team; College of Charleston is eight shots back in second.

Bettcher led the charge with three birdies en route to a 1-under 71 for the second straight day; he will enter Tuesday’s final round tied for sixth place and just four shots behind Wofford’s Andrew Novak for the individual lead.

Vannoy dumped five strokes off his opening round total as he carded three birdies en route to an even par day. He jumped 30 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 37th place heading into the final round.

Moser found an early groove as he picked up three birdies in a stretch of five holes to move to 2-under par. A triple-bogey put him into the black and he traded two birdies for two bogeys down the stretch. Moser finished the day at 1-over and tied for 24th place overall after two rounds.

Calum Masters and Cam Norman each had one birdie as they finished with identical rounds of 76; Masters is tied for 70th place and Norman is tied for 85th. Playing as an individual, Sam Prater shot an 82 and is tied for 107th place.

Troy, Coastal Carolina, Memphis and Lipscomb will play Tuesday’s final round together beginning at 9 a.m. (CDT); the parings will open on holes four through six.

Team Standings

1. Augusta 288-284—572, 2. College of Charleston294-286—580, 3. Tennessee 285-296—581, 4. Jacksonville State 298-286—584, 5. Coastal Carolina 298-290—588, 6. Memphis 290-301—591, 7. Troy 300-292—592, T8. Lipscomb 294-300—594, T8. Winthrop 294-300—594, T10. Campbell 296-299—595, T10. Rutgers 301-294—595, T12. Nebraska 302-297—599, T12. Charleston Southern 302-297—599, 14. Gardner-Webb 298-302—600, 15. Wofford 300-301—601, 16. Abilene Christian 306-295—602, T17. Maryland 305-302—607, T17. Radford 306-301—607, 19. Loyola (Md.) 297-312—609, 20. Francis Marion 304-307—611, 21. Presbyterian 304-310—614, 22. USC Upstate 323-320—643


Individual Leaders

1. Andrew Novak (Wofford) 70-68—138, T2. Jack Smith (Tennessee) 68-72—140, T2. Toks Pedro (Rutgers) 70-70—140, T4. Pablo Torres (Jacksonville State) 69-72—141, T4. William Rainey (College of Charleston) 73-68—141


Troy Individuals

T6. Jared Bettcher 71-71—142, T24. Luke Moser 74-73—147, T37. Clayton Vannoy 77-72—149, T70. Clalum Masters 78-76—154, T85. Cam Norman 80-76—156, T107. Sam Prater 82-82—164 

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