Sophomore at the University of North Carolina David Ford birdied eight straight en route to a record 10-under par 62 in the second round of the Jackson T. Stephens Cup on Monday at the Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla.
Ford tied the UNC record for under-par shots in a round and was one of UNC’s 18-hole shot records. Ryan Gerard shot a 10-under 61 in 2018 at Notre Dame.
The Tar Heels shot 16-for-272 in Monday’s two rounds to post a 17-shot lead over Florida State heading into Tuesday’s third and final round of stroke play.
Carolina is at 32 under 544. The Seminoles are at 15 under par. Stanford is 14 under, Texas and Notre Dame are 13 under, Oklahoma State is 1 over, and Arkansas is 2 over.
Stanford, Texas and Arkansas were unable to complete their second round due to darkness. They will complete their second round Tuesday morning before the start of the third round.
Ford leads the individual standings at 14-under 130 after shooting 68-62. The 62 equals his best competitive round and is his best in a collegiate event as a Tar Heel. The Peachtree Corners, Georgia native has previously shot 62 in the second round of the 2022 Southern Amateur in St. Simons Island, Georgia, and the third round of the 2020 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
His previous low collegiate round was a 64 at the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawai’I last season and a 64 in the second and third rounds last month at Notre Dame.
He didn’t bogey in the second round and birdied on holes 3, 5 and 9 to shoot 3-under 33 up front and 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 for a 7-under 29 on the back nine.
Ford has a six-stroke lead over Julian Perico of Arkansas and a seven-stroke advantage over Brett Roberts of FSU.
ryan burnet (67-71) is tied for sixth at 6 under 138, Austin Oiler (71-68) and stone fountain (68-71) are tied for eighth at 5 under 139 and Dylan Menante (69-72) is tied for 14e at 3-under 141.
Tuesday’s third round will be televised by Golf Channel from 3-6 p.m.
The top four teams after the third round of stroke play on Tuesday will advance to match play on Wednesday.