ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — LSU’s Eric Ricard followed his 1-over-par 71 in Friday’s opening round with a team-low 1-under 69 Saturday to pull within two shots of the lead after two rounds of the Southeastern Conference Men’s Golf Championships at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course.

Ricard carded four birdies and three bogeys to climb 14 spots up the leader board and share third place with five other golfers in the race for the SEC’s individual title.

Georgia’s Lee McCoy, at 2-under 138 is in the lead, one shot ahead of Auburn’s Matt Gilchrest.

Ricard’s performance helped the 14th-ranked Tigers move up three spots to tie for eighth place in the team standings at 20-over 580.

Kentucky has the team lead at 6-over 566, two ahead of No. 4 Georgia.

SEC men’s golf

Second round

Team scores (Par 560)— 1. Kentucky 277-289 – 566 +6; 2. Georgia 277-291 – 568 +8; 3. Texas A&M 287-283 – 570 +10; 4. Arkansas 288-283 – 571 +11; 5. Auburn 291-283 – 574 +14; 6. Florida 285-290 – 575 +15; 7. Tennessee 286-292 – 278 +18; T8. LSU 294-286 – 580 +20; T8. Vanderbilt 286-294 – 580 +20; 10. Missouri 289-292 – 581 +21; T11. South Carolina 292-294 – 586 +26; T11. Alabama 294-292 – 586 +26; 13. Ole Miss 301-298 – 599 +39; 14. Mississippi State 304-298 – 602 +42.

Top 10 individtuals (Par 140) — 1. Lee McCoy, Georgia, 68-70 – 138 -2; 2. Matt Gilchrest, Auburn, 68-71 – 139 -1; T3. Eric Ricard, LSU, 71-69 – 140 E; T3. Chad Merzbacher, Tennessee, 70-70 – 140 E; T3. Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt, 66-74 – 140 E; T3. Taylor Moore, Arkansas, 72-68 – 140 E; T3. Tyler McDaniel, Kentucky, 68-72 – 140 E; T3. Andrew Lister, Texas A&M, 74-66 – 140 E; T9. Stephen Stallings, Jr., Kentucky, 69-72 – 141 +1; T9. Cooper Musselman, Kentucky, 70-71 – 141 +1; T9. Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M, 68-73 – 141 +1; T9. Sean Kelly, South Carolina, 73-68 – 141 +1.

LSU SCORES — T3. Eric Ricard, 71-69 – 140 E; T28. Brandon Pierce, 71-75 – 146 +6; T41. Zach Wright, 75-73 – 148 +8; 46. Luis Gagne, 77-72 – 149 +9; T47. Sam Burns, 78-72 – 150 +10

Women’s golf

Bradley tied for 14th; LSU in 10th: In Birmingham, Alabama, Elise Bradley posted a 2-over 74 to move to 3-over 147 through two rounds and a tie for 14th place at the SEC Women’s Golf Championships at the Greystone Country Club Legacy Course.

As a team, LSU shot 15-over 303 Saturday to move to a tie for 10th with Mississippi State at 28-over 608.

SEC women’s golf

Second round

Greystone Country Club, Birmingham, Ala.

Team scores (Par 576): T1 Alabama 286-292 – 578 +2; T1 Florida 292-286 - 578 +2; 3 Texas A&M 299-291 – 590 +14; 5 Arkansas 300-294 - 594 +18; 6 Missouri 295-303 – 598 +22; 7 South Carolina 298-301 – 599 +23; 8 Ole miss 301-300 – 601 +25; 9 Tennessee 297-305 – 602 +26; T10 Mississippi State 305-303 – 608 +32; T10 LSU 305-303 – 608 +32; 12 Vanderbilt 309- 304 – 613 +37; 13 Auburn 304-311 – 615 + 39; 14 Kentucky 312-312 – 624 +48

Individual Top 5 (Par 144): 1 Maria Torres, Florida 69-68 – 137 -7; T2 Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina 72-71 – 143 -1; T2 Cheyenne Knight, Alabama 72-71 – 143 -1; T2 Emma Talley, Alabama 72-71 – 143 -1; 5 Lakareber Abe, Alabama 70-74 – 144 E

LSU Scores: T14 Elise Bradley 73-74 – 147 +3; T32 Kathleen Gallagher 75-76 – 151 +7; T41 Sydney Cavin 79-75 – 154 +10; T53 Nadine Dreher 79-78 – 157 +13; 70 Marina Hedlund 78-85 – 163 +19

Track and field

LSU sprinters shine in Texas Invitational: In Austin, Texas, LSU set the tone early at Saturday’s Texas Invitational as Tinashe Mutanga, Jaron Flournoy, Tremayne Acy and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake won the men’s 4x100-meter relay title with a national-leading time of 38.95 seconds at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Mitchell-Blake later ran the fastest wind-legal time in the country and fourth-fastest under all conditions with a personal best of 10.09 in the 100.

The Lady Tigers’ 4x100 relay team of Rushell Harvey, Korenei Johnson, Jada Martin and Mikiah Brisco ran won in 43.23 seconds, a season’s best for the team.

Martin later turned one of the 10 fastest 200-meter times (22.85) in the NCAA.

Chanice Chase won the 400 hurdles with a personal best 56.17 seconds.

Kymber Payne also ran a PR of 56.60.

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