Johnson, Barcos Both in the Top 10 at Hamptons Intercollegiate
EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. – Davis Johnson and Javier Barcos both own spots in the top 10 and the University of Utah men's golf team is in fourth at the conclusion of play on Monday at the Hamptons Intercollegiate at the Maidstone Golf Club.
"We got off to a really poor start in the morning," said coach Garrett Clegg, "however, we did a great job of turning things around in the afternoon. Davis played the best and really hit the ball well. Martin and Hunter both played really well in the afternoon 18. Tomorrow we're expecting tough conditions again and we need to compete like we did this afternoon."
Johnson recorded multiple birdies his first time out, though a trio of late bogeys tarnished his opening round, but he bounced back in the afternoon. The freshman from Arizona played even golf in round two, birdieing the eight and 13th holes to offset two bogeys and his 72 allowed him to climb nine spots and enter the clubhouse alone in ninth at 4-over. His 24 pars are tied for the tournament's third-most.
Darkness brought play on Monday to an end before Barcos could squeeze in four more holes, but with 32 in the books, he trails his teammate by only a single shot, putting Barcos in a tie for 10th. Barcos started his first 18 holes with eight consecutive pars before finishing 3-over. His second trip around the course included birdies on the ninth and 13th, his second-to-last hole, putting him at plus-five before darkness fell.
Braxton Watts only got in 30 holes before the end of round two was postponed, but his mark of 2-over to that point allowed him to jump up 13 spots and claim a share of 24th. Watts' overall score is 9-over.
Hunter Howe is tied for 30th at 11-over and played his best golf on the back nine of the opening round, when two birdies helped him shoot an even 37. No Utah player had more birdies on Monday than Martín León, who piled up five and rebounded from a difficult round one to shoot 1-over through 17 holes in the second round. Leon is 12-over and tied for 34th. Playing as an individual is Brandon Robison, who is in 55th. The Utes team score is 27-over.
The tournament originally called for the first two rounds to be completed on Monday, but darkness caused the conclusion of the second round to postponed until Tuesday morning. The competition's final round will also take place on Tuesday.
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