Johnson Posts 71, Climbs Into Top 25 At Seminole Intercollegiate

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Fletcher Johnson is 18 holes away from posting his third-consecutive Top 25 finish to open his career.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Freshman Fletcher Johnson posted a 71 in the second round of the Seminole Intercollegiate to climb into the Top 25, while the Mississippi State men's golf team fought to within two strokes of its seventh-consecutive Top 10 finish.

In only his third tournament appearance of his young career, Johnson is on pace to post his third straight Top 25 finish. After opening with a 1-over-par 72 during Friday's first round, the Tupelo native used a team-best 71 to climb from tied for 30th to a share of 19th-place.

MSU posted a 6-over-par 293 in during the second round at the Southwood Golf Club. Riding a streak of six straight Top 10 finishes, the Bulldogs trail Charlotte by a single stroke with 18 holes remaining. State has not turned in seven straight Top 25's since the 2007-08 season.

Fourth-ranked Georgia Tech holds a five-stroke lead over host-Florida State entering Sunday's final round.

Chad Ramey chased Johnson into the clubhouse with a 1-over-par 72 and is just two strokes away from his own Top 25 finish.

John Darden and Clay Bounds each posted two-round 149's while Alex Rowland trailed the duo by one stroke, posting a two-day 150.

Individually, Florida State Seminole Chase Seifert leads the field with an 8-under-par 134.

Final round action begins Sunday at 7 a.m. CST with live stats available through hailstate.com

Fans can also follow Mississippi State golf on Twitter @mstateMG and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mstateMG.

Seminole Intercollegiate
Seminole Round - March 10, 2012

TEAM RESULTS
1. Georgia Tech (278+275=552, -16); 2. Florida State (278+279=557, -11); 3. Kennesaw State (283+286=569, +1); 4. Mercer (283+289=570, +2);5. Jacksonville (288+285=573, +5); 6. Michigan State (287+287=574, +6); 7. North Carolina (286+290=576, +8); 8. Arkansas State (289+288=577, +9); 9. Troy (292+289=581, +13); 10. Charlotte (283+299=582, +14); 11. Mississippi State (293+290=583, +15);T12. Georgia State (296+293=589, +21); T12. South Florida (293+296=589, +21); T14. Cincinnati (291+302=593, +25); T14. James Madison (297+296=593, +25); 16. Toledo (296+306=602, +34); 17. Florida Atlantic (303+302=605, +37); 18. Boston College (305+314=619, +51).

MSU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
T20.    Fletcher Johnson         72+71=143, +1
T35.    Chad Ramey               73+72=145, +3
T59.    John Darden                75+74=149, +7
T59.    Clay Bounds               76+73=149, +7
T72.    Alex Rowland             73+77=150, +8


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