Jones, Thomas Pace Gardner-Webb Into Tie For Seventh On Second Day At Furman Intercollegiate

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Gardner-Webb trimmed 12 shots off its score on Saturday to move into a tie for seventh at the 2017 Furman Intercollegiate men's golf tournament.

The Runnin' Bulldogs (293-281-574) are tied with Dartmouth, James Madison and Wichita State after two rounds in the 21-team tournament. The quartet is just one stroke behind Harvard and five strokes out of a tie for third.

Clemson shot a 276 on Saturday to take a commanding 11 stroke lead on the field (280-276-556).

Chris Jones (71-67-138) finished his second round with a sizzling 67 to move into a tie for fourth individually. Jones' six-under par standing was powered by seven birdies on Saturday, with three coming on the final four holes He shot a very strong 32 on the back nine Saturday and sits five strokes out of first place with 18 holes left on Sunday.

Jones' effort pushed him 13 spots higher in the field than he started the day.

Aaron Thomas also had a strong effort Saturday, firing a 69 to move into a tie for 21st. Thomas (73-69-142). That was a 27-spot rise for Thomas, who carded a pair of eagles and three birdies on the day. He shot a five-under par 31 on the front nine Saturday, with two eagles and a birdie in the first six holes.

Steffen Smith (73-74-147) is tied for 53rd with one round remaining and both Vincent Blanchette (76-73-149) and Jonathan Henry (77-72-149) are tied for 73rd overall.

Through 36 holes, Gardner-Webb ranks second in the tournament to Clemson in Par 5 scoring (minus-24) and ranks fourth with three eagles as a team. Thomas' two eagles is tied for the tournament lead and Jones ranks third with his 11 birdies through two rounds.

Gardner-Webb will wrap up the tournament on Sunday. The event is being held on the 7,004-yard Furman University Golf Course.