Five strokes off the lead, Beck still has an outside chance of winning, but he said he would have to shoot in the low 60s just to put himself in position at Druid Hills Golf Club. Beck shot a 5-under par 67 for the second straight day Friday, after opening the tournament with a 68.
Beck had an up-and-down round in Wednesday’s opener, with eight birdies and four bogeys. But’s he’s settled down with only one bogey to show for his last 36 holes.
Beck, however, hasn’t shot enough birdies to keep up with the leaders, with six Friday and five Thursday.
“I felt good with how I putted (Friday) and just missed a couple,” Beck said. “I’m happy with where I am and, hopefully (today), I can do something special and give myself a chance. I had about two three-puts in the first round, which is a dummy mistake. Since then, I been making ups-and-downs, a bunch of them.”
Beck is just two strokes behind an Atlantic Sun Conference rival, Mercer’s Trey Rule, who won this year’s A-Sun tournament. Rule shot at 63 as he mastered Druid Hills with birdies on 12 of 18 holes.
Three bogeys on the front nine kept Rule from flirting with a score in the 50s, but he more than made up for it with five birdies on the front nine, and seven more on the back.
Winthrop’s Zach Seabolt shot 65 and is a stroke behind Rule, followed in one-stroke increments by Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson (64), Clemson’s Billy Kennerly (64) and Georgia State’s Davin White (68).
Albertson, a former standout at Woodstock’s Etowah High School who is entering his senior season at Georgia Tech, enjoyed a bogey-free round and has a shot to win after finishing a personal-best second at the 2010 Dogwood.
Albertson said he had better days striking the ball than he did Friday, but he’s scoring better than he did in previous tournaments, when he left too many putts out on the course.
“I haven’t been hitting it that great this week. I’ve just been playing the holes really well,” Albertson said. “I’ve been making the putts that I should make. When I get inside 10 feet, I’ve been converting on those.”
Former Harrison standout Michael Garretson (76) and Kell alumnus Michael Hines (74) had letdowns Friday and missed the 40-man cut after playing well in their first two rounds. Brian Katrek of Mableton also missed the cut after shooting his second 77 in three days.