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Host Augusta grabs lead at star-studded 3M Augusta Invitational

Augusta's Robin Petersson
Augusta's Robin Petersson (Photo Courtesy of Augusta University)

Against a plethora of the top teams in the nation, Augusta University more than held its ground on its home turf.

The No. 41 Jaguars fired rounds of 275 and 283 Saturday at the 3M Augusta Invitational, boosting the squad to an 18-under total through 36 holes. That was good enough for a three-shot lead, with No. 1 Texas (276-285) posting 15 under, as well as first-round leader No. 2 Illinois (271-290).

Despite holding host status at Forest Hills Golf Club, Augusta hasn’t won this annual event since 2010. The Jaguars have also produced just one win all of the 2015-16 season, but go into Sunday’s final round in a good position to beat out Golfweek‘s top 3 teams in the country.

The leading effort Saturday was produced by Robin Petersson, who posted rounds of 68 and 69 to trail by one in the individual race. Broc Everett (71-68) sits T-6 and Maverick Antcliff (67-75) finds himself T-16.

Texas’ Beau Hossler finds himself in the individual lead after consecutive rounds of 68. Golfweek‘s No. 1, Hossler has already won four times in college this season, and has a shot at victory once again thanks to an 8-under performance on the par 5s on Saturday. Doug Ghim (T-6, 67-72) is Texas’ next highest on the leaderboard, with two players in a tie for 21st behind that.

Illinois’ Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry joined Ghim at that 5-under number. Petersson finds himself tied with Tennessee’s Chad Merzbacher, Central Florida’s Manuel Elvira and South Florida’s Claudio Correa at 7 under.

On the team leaderboard, No 13 South Florida sits fourth at 14 under, and after that there’s serious separation.

No. 3 Georgia is fifth at 7 under, with No. 38 New Mexico and No. 45 Tennessee (both 4 under) the only other squads under par.

The third and final round of the 3M Augusta Invitational finishes up on Sunday.

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