Nagy has rough start for Vols

MURRELLS INET, S.C. – The No. 29-ranked University of Tennessee golf team is in third place entering today’s final round of the General Jim Hackler Championship.

The Vols are seven strokes back of Arkansas, which led the nine-school field with a five-man total of 582.

Freshman Mike Nagy of Manistique had a tough time getting into a groove Monday for the Vols, with two trtiple bogeys and a double bogey in his opening six holes at the brutal TPC Myrtle Beach course that is a past host of PGA Champion Tour events. The course is just 15-25 feet above sea level and features an extensive bunker system and tree-lined fairways with water on 10 holes.

Nagy, who parred his final three holes of the opening nine of the 36-hole opener, shot 85-80. He enters the final 18 holes tied for 59th place among 63 golfers and is 24 strokes back of front-runner Thomas Sorensen of Arkansas.

Heavy thunderstorms are predicted for today’s final round. The initial tee-off was delayed half an hour due to rain, but the final round was scheduled to go on as planned as of 7:30 a.m. this morning.