PALM CITY, FL (March 22, 2016)--No. 7 Texas (570) leads No. 21 LSU (580) by 10 strokes heading into the final round at the Valspar Collegiate. Texas and LSU are just two of the nine top-25 teams in the field at the Floridian Golf Club, four of which are ranked in the top-10.
Texas, coming off a win last week at the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic, has been led through two rounds by junior Gavin Hall. The All-Big 12 first teamer last year shot rounds of 69-68 on day one to lead by three.
In second place behind Hall are LSU senior Zach Wright (-2) and senior Jordan Niebrugge (-2) of Oklahoma State. Three additional golfers are four behind at 1-under par.
In his second round, Hall started on No. 10 and birded the 12th and 13th holes to get his round started. In fact Hall was four-under par on his round through 12 holes. However, from there he had to battle to keep things together.
Hall bogeyed the fourth and fifth before birding the sixth and seventh. After a closing bogey, Hall concluded his second round with a 3-under par 69.
Texas also received strong play from a handful of other players. Redshirt sophomore Taylor Funk (+2) and sophomore Doug Ghim (+2) are tied for 13th. Last weeks Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic medalist winner, junior Beau Hossler (+4) is tied for 16th.
Directly behind Texas and LSU in team standings is No. 12 Oklahoma State (583) in third place. While it is Texas A&M (584) and No. 18 South Florida (585) currently in fourth and fifth place. The three teams are separated by just two strokes.
No. 1 Illinois (590) is tied for seventh with one round left to be played.