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Some of the top college golfers in the country played 36 holes at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational at the Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, Fla., Monday.
Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech separated themselves, sharing the lead at 14 under, but with 18 holes of golf left to play, teams like LSU, SMU, Illinois, UCLA and Florida State will be chomping at the bit to close the gap.
With eight teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings’ top 25 competing in Tuesday’s final round, the tournament features one of the toughest fields of the year.
The complete field includes No. 25 Arkansas, Florida, No. 20 Florida State, No. 4 Georgia Tech, No. 8 Houston, No. 6 Illinois, No. 27 Kent State, Lamar, No. 29 LSU, No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 31 SMU, No. 30 South Florida, No. 40 Tennessee, No. 11 Texas A&M and No. 16 UCLA.
Here is a preview of the event’s final round By the Numbers:
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40 – Freshman Jack Maguire led the Florida State Seminoles and the entire field yesterday, shooting a 65 and a 66 to go to 11 under for the tournament. Maguire fired 10 birdies and an eagle over 36 holes to seize the individual lead, but that’s where 40 comes into play. Maguire is the only Seminole to finish better than No. 40 on the leaderboard after 36 holes. Florida State’s four other contributors combined to go 4 over, putting the team in a tie for sixth heading into the final round.
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8 – Oklahoma State standout Wyndham Clark struggled in his second round, shooting a 73 on the par-71 course. Clark finished play Monday with a total of eight holes of bogey or worse, but the Cowboys are still tied for the lead. If Oklahoma State’s top player can bounce back on Tuesday, it will be in a good spot to win.
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3 – Junior Roman Robledo and the Houston Cougars headed into the tournament on a three-event winning streak. But Robledo has put that streak in serious jeopardy, sitting at 3 over par with 18 holes to go. Robledo has played the par 5s at 3 over for the tournament, including a triple bogey at the 637-yard fifth hole.