Technically, the USC Beaufort men's golf team and junior Brian Langley won't sleep on the 36-hole lead Monday night -- but only because the second round of the Sand Shark Classic hasn't officially been completed.
Nonetheless, Langley and Sand Sharks will be in front of the pack when play resumes Tuesday morning at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, as USC Beaufort posted team scores of 297 and 291 on Monday and is three shots clear of Sun Conference rival St. Thomas and seven ahead of Johnson & Wales.
Nine players were unable to complete their second round because of darkness, leaving three teams -- Asbury (Ky.), Averett (Va.) and Spalding (Ky.) -- with incomplete scores. Those players will finish the second round beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, and a shotgun start for the final round will follow.
When the final 18 holes begin, the Sand Sharks will try to finish off another sweep of the team and individual titles. Mark Phillips, then a senior, won the individual crown while leading USCB to the team championship last year.
This year it's Langley leading the way, as the junior carded a pair of 2-under-par 70s and has a five-shot advantage over senior teammate Travis Cashion. Johnson & Wales teammates Colin Brennan and Damon Salo are another shot back at 2-over 146, and USCB senior Tyler Jacobs, playing as an individual, is tied for fifth with Southeastern's Kyle Martin at 5-over 147.
Freshman Bradford Curren (80-72--152), freshman Cory Cottrell (75-80--155) and sophomore Andrew McCullough (80-76--156) rounded out USCB's lineup. The rest of the Sand Sharks are competing as individuals with Jacobs and junior Owen Bell (75-74--149) leading the way, followed by sophomore Chris Finke (74-81--155), sophomore Ryan Clancy (74-82--156), freshman Alex Mihai (84-79--163) and sophomore Shane Goldsmith (95-94--189).
USCB WOMEN IN SECOND
The USC Beaufort women's golf team played its best round of the spring season Monday, posting a team score of 306 to put the Sand Sharks in second place after the opening round of the Hilton Head Lakes Invitational.
The Sand Sharks are seven shots behind first-round leader Lander University, which was paced by individual leader Teresa Caballer Hernani with a 3-under-par 69 and leads the 13-team field at 299.
USCB has three players ranked among the top six individuals, as senior Kelli Nakano (73) is in third place, senior Kaitlin O'Sullivan (74) is tied for fourth and sophomore Tori DeGroodt (75) is tied for sixth. Sophomore Samantha O'Donnell and junior Kendra Collins are tied for 35th after shooting 84.
Queens University of Charlotte is one shot behind USCB, followed by Mount Olive (316) and Converse (327). Host Pfeiffer is tied for sixth with King College at 328.
The final round begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Tuesday.