Jolly takes one-shot lead into final round of Biggs Golf Classic

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Stewart Jolly chips his ball out of the sand trap on the ninth hole during the second round of the Biggs Golf Classic on the Sound Golf Links at Albemarle Plantation, Friday, May 24, 2019 in Hertford.


By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Saturday, May 25, 2019

HERTFORD — Stewart Jolly is used to the winning feeling on a golf course.

As a golfer on the Louisiana State University men's golf team, Jolly helped the Tigers win Southeastern Conference and NCAA team championships during his senior year in 2015.

Jolly is now a round away from securing a win as a professional.

Jolly holds a one-shot lead entering the final round of the Biggs Golf Classic today.

Jolly shot 4-under-par 67 during his second round on the Sound Golf Links at Albemarle Plantation Friday afternoon.

Jolly is at -11 for the tournament and is in front of Conner Godsey and Ryan Sullivan who are both at -10 for the tournament.

During his second round, Jolly had birdies on No. 2, No. 12, No. 17 and No. 18.

He did not record a bogey during the round.

Jolly said that he played solid Friday.

“I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens and made it as about as easy as possible,” he said.

Along with dealing with temperatures that peaked over 90 degrees during the round, Jolly noted that he had to navigate some swirling winds during the round, especially on the back nine.

Jolly started his second round at No. 10 and completed his round at hole No. 9.

He entered the second round of the Biggs Classic tied for the lead at 7-under par with Sullivan.

Jolly said that he hit the ball great during his first round Thursday.

“I hit 16 greens the first round, which is really good and made a few putts,” he said.

Jolly, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, noted that during his second round, his putting wasn't as good during the first round, but he was able to manage.

He acknowledged that his time at LSU has helped him now as a professional.

“I got a lot better there,” he said. “My coaches helped me a lot. I had a great team there.”

Jolly will be in the final group today with Sullivan and Godsey.

The trio will tee off at 10:10 a.m. from hole No. 1.

He noted that sticking to the game plan of hitting fairways, greens and making putts will be key for him to have a chance to win the tournament.

Jolly added that his time Biggs Classic has been great.

“I love how the community gets involved,” Jolly said. “They really make it a special event and they do a great job of hosting us here.”

Former Biggs Classic winners Frank Adams III, Chad McCann, David Gazzolo made the cut and will play in today's final round.

Adams and McCann will be part of a group of three that includes Dillion Board that will tee off at 8:40 a.m., while Gazzolo will tee off in a group of three that starts at 8:30 a.m.

Adams, McCann and Gazzolo are at -3 for the tournament.

Anthony Maccaglia, who won the 2016 Biggs Classic, shot 5-over-par during the first two rounds and missed the cut.

The cut line was set at -1.

On the line for the remaining golfers is an unrestricted exemption to play in the Web.com Tour’s Rex Hospital Open next week in Raleigh along with a payout of $15,000 to the winner of the tournament.

The final round begins today at 7:30 a.m.