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Bettcher’s Record Round Leads Troy on Opening Day of Tiger Invitational

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From: Troy Director of Media Relations;

Playing in his hometown, Troy freshman Jared Bettcher tied a school record after shooting 6-under in the opening round of the Tiger Invitational on the Grand National Lake Course in Auburn, Ala., on Monday.

Bettcher's 66 on Monday tied Wes Parker's (2007) school record for the lowest opening round in school history. Also, Bettcher's round will go into the Troy records as the second-lowest by a Trojan golfer in school history, only Kevin Blanton's 65 in 1995 was better.

The Trojans are tied for fifth place following the opening two rounds thanks to Bettcher and two other freshmen leading the way. Troy trails only three ranked teams in No. 28 Auburn, No. 42 Kennesaw State, No. 38 and Mississippi State entering Tuesday's final round.

Troy opened strong with a 289 in the first round – its third-best round of the season – with Bettcher at 6-under, Phillip Brennan at 1-over and Clayton Vannoy at 2-over. Bettcher led the way again in the second round with a 1-over, while Luke Moser fired a 2-over and Vannoy carded a 3-over.

Bettcher sits in a four-way tie for third-place just four strokes back of individual leader Niclas Carlsson of Auburn. Vannoy is tied for 26th place with a 5-over in the first two rounds and Moser is tied for 29th following a combined 6-over.

Tolver Dozier, who is playing as an individual, is tied for 33rd (151), while Brennan is tied for 39th (152) and Wil Clowdus is tied for 52nd (156).

Bettcher finished with 11 birdies over his two rounds, while Moser carded seven birdies and Vannoy dropped in six birdies. Clowdus had Troy's lone eagle of the round as he carded a three on the par-5, 545-yard No. 15.

The teams will wrap up the Tiger Invitational with 18 holes on Tuesday, and Clowdus will be the first Trojan on the course as he is scheduled to tee off at 8:30 a.m.

Team Standings

1. Auburn 277-287—564, 2. Kennesaw State 288-286—574, 3. Memphis 289-296—585, 4. Mississippi State 296-290—586, T5. Troy  289-300—589, T5. Auburn (B) 297-292—589, 7. Charlotte 304-290—594, 8. Jacksonville State 301-294—595, 9. VCU 298-300—598, 10. Charleston Southern 298-303—601, 11. South Alabama 303-302—605, 12. Western Carolina 307-310—617, 13. Drexel 316-313—629, 14. Temple 322-311—633, 15. St. John's 312-323—635

Individual Leaders

1. Niclas Carlsson (Auburn) 65-70—135, 2. Tomasz Anderson (Jacksonville State) 67-69—136, T3. Jared Bettcher (Troy) 66-73—139, T3. Jimmy Beck (Kennesaw State) 73-66—139, T3. J.T. Poston (Western Carolina) 66-73—139, T3. Chad Ramey (Mississippi State) 68-71—139

Troy Individuals

T3. Jared Bettcher 66-73—139, T26. Clayton Vannoy 74-75—149, T29. Luke Moser 76-74-150, T33. Tolver Dozier 74-77—151,  T39. Phillip Brennan 73-79—152, T52. Wil Clowdus 78-78—156 

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