Monday, March 12, 2018

Murray Naysmith goes from the sublime  to the ridiculous!

Edinburgh's Murray Naysmith, a second-year student at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, equalled the tournament record of seven-under-par 63 in the second round of the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Invitational college tournament at Aiken, South Carolina. 
The Scot had eight birdies - and one bogey - in his memorable round which tied the 63 former UAB student Graeme McDowell returned in his college days. The score is one below the lowest ever round in UAB golf program history. 
"Murray was absolutely on fire in the second round and it was impressive to watch," UAB head coach Mike Wilson said.
 "To have eight birdies in one round is amazing, but it was even more remarkable to accomplish that in the second round of a 36-hole day."
It wasn't all plain sailing for Naysmith however. He started the 54-hole tournament with a three-over-par 73 and then, after his great 63, he slumped to a five-over-par 75 which included only one birdie (at the fifth)  and  a double bogey 6 at the first, plus bogeys at the second, eighth, 16th and 17th.
Doesn't it underline just how much one's golf form can fluctuated?
Murray went on to finish T10 in a field of 90 players. His aggregate of one-over 211 was four behind the joint winners, Jake Storey (Georgia Southern) (69-69-69) and Daniel Overas (Coastal Carolina) 70-67-70).
UAB (856) finished fourth behind Virginia (840), Georgia Southern (849) and South Carolina-Aiken (855) in a field of 18 teams.
+Murray Naysmith, who will be 21 in June,  was a Scotland U18 boy international and a former winner of the Paul Lawrie Junior Jug tournament.




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