Wexford Plantation director of golf Scott Hunter brought two red pens to write scores on the big scoreboard Monday.
He barely needed one.
For much of the day, the redesigned course was the toughest competitor as 17 men's college golf teams converged on Hilton Head Island for the seventh annual Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate.
At the end of the day, Georgia State (297-294--591) held the team lead by seven strokes over Davidson (303-295 --598), and the Panthers' top two golfers -- Damon Stephenson and Tyler Gruca -- were separated by a stroke in the top two positions on the leaderboard.
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"I've got to drive it better," said Stephenson, whose score of 72-71--143 was the only two-round total under par. "I was hitting a few long iron shots. Luckily, they were good, but I'd like some shorter shots."
Stephenson's teammate Gruca is right there with him.
"Tyler is our best player. He played well," Georgia State coach Joe Inman said. "He hung in there and made some par saves. He really had a chance to shoot low."
By the time all of the scorecards had been turned in for the tournament's first round in the early afternoon, the 71 of Richmond's Jack Wilkes was the lone score under par on the board.
After the completion of the second round, there were a few more red numbers, but all-in-all, there were just seven rounds under par out of the 178 rounds played Monday.
Part of the difficulty came from the weather. At tee time Monday, the golfers were dealing with 15 mph winds and gusts of up to 25 mph.
"(The second round) was a completely different round, espeically when you got to 17 and 18, where it's open there on the harbor," Stephenson said. "(No. 17) was tough. In the morning I was hitting knock-down 5-iron and in the afternoon I was hitting 7-iron."
And if the wind and the cold wasn't enough, the extensive renovations the course underwent last year only made it tougher.
"It's a thinking man's course now," Francis Marion coach Mark Gaynor said. "You can't just go out there and hit the ball. You've got to know what you're doing."
A major result of the renovations were extremely firm greens, especially in the cold morning round.
"They were really firm," Gruca said. "Especially if you hit anything more than an 8-iron, you had to land it five yards short. It was tough with any long irons and even chipping."
Furman (601), Louisville (603) and Presbyterian (606) rounded out the top five after two rounds. Individually, Davidson's Richard Fountain (145), Furman's Matthew Broome (147 and Francis Marion's Fredrik Sporck (147), who had the day's low round of 69, trailed the Georgia State duo.
The teams will tee off the third and final round today with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
"We had a great first day on the new course," Gaynor said. "We're thankful for everybody that came out and supported us. We're looking forward to tomorrow."