Navy Leads Service Academy Golf Classic
Sophomore Staton Pruitt birdied the final two holes to turn in the field's lowest mark of the day, a 2-under 70 in the second round.
Oct. 22, 2012
COLTS NECK, N.J. — After trailing Army and Air Force by four strokes following the opening round of the 2012 Service Academy Golf Classic at the par-72 Trump National Golf Club, the Navy golf team (303-294=597) bounced back to shoot a 6-over par 294 in the second round to take a 6-stroke lead over both the Black Knights (299-304=603) and Falcons (299-304=603) on Monday afternoon.
“Our players have been working hard and it’s nice to be able to see some positive results,” said Pat Owen, who is in his 23rd year as Navy’s head coach. “Trump National Golf Club is a great facility and we are looking forward to another competitive round on Tuesday.”
Five of Navy’s six players stand among the field’s top eight, including junior Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) who stands atop the leader board alongside Air Force’s Andrew Hoops and Army’s Anthony Kim with a 3-over par 147. Selby produced a 1-over par 73 in the opening round and finished with a 2-over par 74 over the second 18 holes of play to push up in the standings.
Second-year standout Staton Pruitt (Columbia, S.C.) struggled in the first round on Monday, turning in a 7-over par 79. Pruitt, however, regrouped and shot the day’s low score with a 2-under par 70 which featured birdies on each of the last two holes to finish the afternoon in fourth place with a 5-over par 149.
Sophomore August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) produced a 7-over par 151 and is tied with Army’s John Lee for sixth, while Navy rookie Garrett Moyer (Annapolis, Md.) (76-77) and junior Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) (77-76) are in a six-way tie for eighth with a 9-over par 153. Junior Bobby Keating (Garden City, N.Y.), meanwhile, is in 22nd with a 17-over par 161.
Three Mids are also playing as individuals and are led by sophomore Bryce Keene (Bakersfield, Calif.) who is tied for 14th with a 10-over par 154. Junior David Hall (Huntersville, N.C.) stands 20th with a 15-over par 159, while newcomer David Won (Bothell, Wash.) is in 27th with a 30-over par 174.
The final round of the 2012 Service Academy Classic is slated for an 8:00 am tee time, as Navy looks to unseat reigning champion Air Force, who has not lost the SAGC title since 1994.
### Go Navy ###