Oland Charges into Contention at Southern Amateur

Midwestern State golfer Derek Oland brought himself into contention with a blistering 4-under-par 68 in the second round of the 108th Southern Amateur Championship.

The senior-to-be from McKinney, Texas/Boyd moved from a tie for 57th to a tie for 11th with the fourth-best round of the tournament so far, posting a 36-hole total of 1-under 143 on the par 72, 7,155-yard The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., just outside Chattanooga.

Arizona State's Grayson Murray shot an even par 72 on Tuesday, while Texas Longhorn Beau Hossler tallied a 4-under 68 to share the lead at 6-under 138 after two rounds.

Oland opened play with three straight pars before going birdie-bogey on the fourth and fifth hole. Then he followed the bogey with an eagle 3 on the par 5, 565-yard sixth hole and added a birdie on the ninth to make the turn at 3-under for the round and even par for the tournament.

Oland added a birdie on the 13th and 17th holes to get to 5-under before handing a shot back on the 18th to go in with the 68.

Oland's eagle on No. 6 was the fourth at the hole through the first two rounds and one of just 16 so far in the tournament.

The original 168-man field was cut to 77 for the final two rounds at The Honors Course. Oland will tee it up at 7:50 Texas time for the third round of the prestigious tournament on Friday.