Three UK golfers in top 10: Sophomore Cooper Musselman shot a 1-over 71 on Saturday at the windy Seaside Course to help the Kentucky men’s golf team take a 2-shot lead heading into the final day of the Southeastern Conference Championship in St. Simons Island, Ga.
UK, 6 over par through two rounds, leads second-place Georgia by 2 shots and Texas A&M by 4 with 18 holes to play. The final round on Sunday starts at 7:30 a.m.
The Cats are chasing their second SEC title under Coach Brian Craig. They won it in 2005 with future PGA Tour player J.B. Holmes leading the way.
“We know we’ll have to go out and play great because there are so many good teams in the hunt,” Craig said. “We’re going to play Sunday like we’re 10 behind, because as soon as you lay off, somebody will catch you.”
Kentucky is the only team in the field with three players in the top 10. Sophomore Tyler “Chip” McDaniel, even par for the tournament, is tied for third. Musselman and junior Stephen Stallings are tied for ninth at 1-over.
Georgia’s Lee McCoy leads the field at 2 under. Auburn’s Matt Gilchrest is 1 under.
UK’s Hack in top 25: UK freshman Anna Hack made three consecutive birdies on her second nine to climb the leader board at the women’s SEC golf championship in Birmingham, Ala. Hack moved into the top 25 for the Cats, who are in last place entering the final round at the Greystone Golf & Country Club.
Led by Maria Torres’ score of 7-under par through 36 holes — 6 strokes better than anyone in the field — No. 7 Florida has surged into a tie for the lead with top-ranked Alabama at 2 over. Twelve strokes separate the leaders from the rest of the field.