Men's Golf remains in 10th place after second round at Puerto Rico Classic
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- UT freshman Lance Lopez shot an even-par 72 to lead the 17th-ranked Longhorns Monday in the second round of the Puerto Rico Classic at the 6,902-yard Rio Mar Golf Club. Texas remains in a tie for 10th place with Duke at five-over for the tournament after shooting a five-over 293 in the second round. Georgia leads the event at 20-under par.
"Today was a fairly difficult day with wind and a bit of rain," said UT coach John Fields. "I was proud of the way our guys competed today."
Lopez (Missouri City, Texas) lowered his first-round score of 73 to 72 in the second round and now sits in a tie for 31st at one-over par. Senior Matt Bortis (Springfield, Mo.) shot a one-over 73 in the second round to land in a tie for 21st place at one-under par.
"Matt Bortis has been very solid, but he had a frustrating day," Fields said. "It could have been so much better with just a few positive breaks. That seems to be the story for us this week...close, but not quite there, which speaks to the fact that we have been off almost two months."
Senior Jhonattan Vegas (Maturin, Venezuela) dropped off to two-over for the tournament after carding a three-over 75 in the second round. He now sits in a tie for 38th place.
"Jhonattan was so close to playing well for us today," Fields said. "Putts just didn't fall like they have been, which was frustrating for him."
Senior Farren Keenan (Middlesex, England), like Lopez, improved in round two with a one-over 73 and now sits in a tie for 51st place at four-over par.
Redshirt freshman Charlie Holland (Dallas, Texas) shot a 77 in round two to fall into a tie for 68th place at seven-over par.
"Charlie is getting much needed experience," Fields said. "He had it going early but just wasn't able to close. However, his freshman ways will give way to excellence as he becomes more comfortable.
"I look for better golf in the near future," Fields concluded. "These guys are great people, and they work really hard."
Texas tees off in the final round at 5:30 a.m. Central.
Puerto Rico Classic - Rio Mar Golf Club