NCAA Men's Golf ACCtion: Friday, May 17

May 17, 2013


UVa Golfers Improve to 10th at NCAA Regional

Columbus, Ohio - The Virginia men's golf team shot 10-over 294 during the second round of the NCAA Regional taking place at the Ohio State Golf Club's Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. The Cavaliers improved their position in the team standing by one spot, moving up to 10th place. UVa's score was a nine-stroke improvement over its opening round result.

The Cavaliers' 36-hole total stands at 29-over 597 entering Saturday's final round. UNLV and South Carolina share the lead at 16-over 584.

Auburn and Stanford are tied for third place at 18-over 586 and Texas Tech and New Mexico are tied for fifth place at 19-over 587, 10 shots ahead of Virginia.

The top five teams from the regional will advance to the NCAA Championships. The Columbus site is one of six regional tournaments taking place this week to fill the NCAA Championship field.

For the second consecutive day, David Pastore led the Cavaliers. He shot 1-over 72 to move up to 10th place at 3-over 145. Denny McCarthy improved to 20th place after shooting 3-over 74 for the second straight day. He enters the final round at 6-over 148. Ji Soo Park and Nick Tremps are tied for 45th at 152. Tremps carded a second round score of 73 and Park shot 75. Mac McLaughlin is in 75th place at 183. He shot 80 during Friday's play.



Seminoles Uses Fast Finish to Close on NCAA Championship Berth

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Patience and persistence paid off for the Florida State men's golf team, which closed Friday's second round of the Tallahassee Regional with a four-hole which has the Seminoles on the cusp of an NCAA Championship berth.

The 12th-ranked Seminoles played the final four holes at 8-under par and enter Saturday's final round in third place, just four off the lead at Golden Eagle Country Club.

Senior Chase Seiffert birdied three of his final four holes to close with a four-under round of 68 and is one shot off the tournament lead at 10-under. Sophomore Daniel Berger and freshman Rowin Caron contributed two birdies each in the turning holes and finished at three-under 69, while freshman Hank Lebioda checked in with a 70.

With a 10-under round of 276, one shot better than Thursday's score, the Seminoles are 23-under for the tournament. North Florida, paced by tournament leader MJ Maguire (-11), leads at 27-under. Washington is second at 25-under.

Georgia Tech Tied for 5th in NCAA Tallahassee Regional

Tallahassee, Fla. - Four Georgia Tech players broke par in Friday's second round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional golf tournament, but the 7th-ranked Yellow Jackets lost some ground on the leaders and stand in a tie for fifth place with South Florida heading into Saturday's final round.

Tech, seeded second in this regional, shot a 4-under-par 284 Friday, getting identical scores of 71 (-1) from Anders Albertson, Bo Andrews, Seth Reeves and Ollie Schniederjans. But the top three teams after 18 holes - 19th-ranked North Florida, No. 6 Washington and No. 14 Florida State - separated themselves from the rest of the field with stellar rounds.

The Yellow Jackets are bracing for a four-team fight Saturday to secure one of the final two qualifying spots from this regional and advance to compete the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship, which begins May 28 at the Capital City Club's Crabapple Course in Milton, Ga. Tech is the host institution.

The Ospreys (277, -11 for Friday's round), Huskies (275, -13) and Seminoles (276, -12) made hay on the back nine of the 6,965-yard, par 72 Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club and are firmly entrenched in the top three positions after 36 holes. North Florida (549, -27) has a two-shot lead on Washington (551, -25), with Florida State (553, -23) another two shots back. 

Wake Slips to Ninth at NCAA Regional

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Wake Forest men's golf team posted a round of 8-over 296 on Friday in the second round of the NCAA East Regional at the Golden Eagle Country Club and is now in ninth place in the 13-team field.

Senior Evan Beck made four birdies in his round on Friday and finished with a 1-under 71. Coupled with an opening round 68, Beck is tied for 13th place at 5-under par.

The Demon Deacons entered the second round just four spots behind the fifth qualifying spot. But a 296 dropped them back into ninth place and they are now 16 shots out of fifth place. The top-5 teams and top individual not on those five teams at the end of Saturday's round will earn a spot in the NCAA Championship in Atlanta.

Freshman Davis Womble birdied all four par-5s on Friday en route to posting a 2-over 74. He is tied with teammate Charlie Harrison, who is 76 on Friday also put him at 2-over for the tournament. Womble and Harrison will start the final round in a tie for 39th.

Wolfpack in 10th at NCAA Tallahassee Regional

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The NC State men's golf team is in 10th place after Friday's second round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional at Golden Eagle Country Club.

The Wolfpack shot a team score of 5-over 293 on Friday and owns a 36-hole score of 6-over 582 at the par-72, 6,965-yard course.

Junior Logan Harrell continues to lead the Pack with a score of 2-under 142. He shot a 1-over 73 today and is tied for 26th. His second round was highlighted by an eagle at the par-5 15th hole.

Sophomore William Herring posted NC State's low round of the day with an even-par 72. He is tied for 37th at 1-over 145.


Blue Devils Tied for Fifth at Tempe Regional

TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior Brinson Paolini fired a three-under 67 Friday to lead Duke to an even-par 280 in the second round of the NCAA Tempe Regional at ASU Karsten Golf Course (par 70, 7,036 yards). The Blue Devils are tied for fifth after 36 holes of play with a two-under 558. The top five teams after tomorrow's final round advance to the NCAA Championship in Alpharetta, Ga. (May 28 - June 2).

Top-seed UCLA posted a seven-under 273 in the second round and now holds the 36-hole lead with a 19-under 541. Central Florida posted the top round of the day with an eight-under 272 to move into second place with an eight-under 552. Georgia is third at six-under 554 with Texas A&M fourth at three-under (557). Duke and host Arizona State are tied for fifth (-2, 558) followed by North Carolina (+1, 581), New Mexico State (+4, 564), Austin Peay (+4, 564), Arizona (+7, 567), Vanderbilt (+9, 569), Clemson (+14, 574), Kennesaw State (+18, 578) and Lehigh (+36, 596).

Central Florida's Greg Eason blistered the course for a seven-under 63 Friday and holds the individual lead with a 12-under 128. Teammate Ricardo Gouveia is six shots back with a six-under 134, while Paolini is among a group of five players tied for third at five-under.

Tar Heels 7th at NCAA Tempe Regional

TEMPE, Ariz.  - The University of North Carolina men's golf team fired a 1-over-par 281 and is in seventh place with a 1-over 561 total after the second round of the NCAA Tempe Regional.  The Tar Heels were led by sophomore Brandon Dalinka who carded a 3-under 67 on Friday.

Dalinka fired four birdies on holes #3, #4, #13 and #17 before a bogey on #18 en route to his 3-under 67.  He has a 5-under 135 total is tied for third place in the individual race.  Sophomore Bailey Patrick and senior Michael McGowan both carded a 2-over 72 on Friday and the final hole was not kind to either one of them.  Patrick, from Charlotte, N.C., posted a bogey-5 on #18 while McGowan suffered a double bogey.  Patrick has a 1-over 141 total and is tied for 25th while McGowan is one stroke back at 2-over 142 in a tie for 32nd.  Andy Sajevic, a junior from Fremont, Neb., fired a birdie on the last hole to shoot an even par 70 in the second round.  He is alone in 43rd place with a 3-over 143 total.  Freshman Keagan Cummings, from Dublin, Ireland, shot a 5-over 76 for a 151 total and is tied for 68th.

Top seed and third-ranked UCLA held on to their first-round lead.  The Bruins fired a 7-under 273 in the second round and has a 19-under 541 total.  Central Florida, which fired the low round on Friday, an 8-under 272, is 11 strokes back in second place with an 8-under 552 total.  Georgia is in third place at 6-under 554 while Duke and host Arizona State are tied for fifth place at 2-under 558.  Carolina is seventh at 1-over 561 while New Mexico State and Austin Peay are tied for eighth at 4-over 564 and Arizona is 10th at 8-over 568.  The top five teams will move on to the NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Ga.

Clemson in 12th Entering Final Round of Tempe Regional

TEMPE, Ariz. - Clemson sophomore Billy Kennerly recorded a one-under-par 69, his fourth consecutive round in the 60s over two tournaments, but his teammates were a combined 15-over-par in the second round and the team dropped eight spots in the standings. The Tigers are in 12th place after 36 holes and find themselves 16 shots off the cutline entering Saturday's final round.

The top five teams will advance to the NCAA National Tournament at the Capital City Club in Alpharetta, Ga. at the end of the month. Host school Arizona State is the fifth place team at two under par 558 in Tempe. Clemson is at 574.

Clemson was tied for fourth with four other teams after the first round after an even par team score of 280, but, the Tigers shot 294 on Friday.

Clemson scored seven over par on the back nine, the team's first nine of the day, just as it had done on Thursday. The team looked like it was making a comeback on the front nine, just as it had done the previous day. Clemson was at four over par as a team four holes into the front nine and stood just six shots off the cutline. However, the Tigers played the last six holes 10 over par and fell in the standings.


Hokies Tied for Seventh Entering Final Round at NCAA Pullman Regional

PULLMAN, Wash. - Virginia Tech has a two-day total of 11-under-par 565 and is tied with Ball State for seventh place at the NCAA Pullman Regional on Friday afternoon. The event is being played at the par-72, 7,308-yard Palouse Ridge Golf Course on the campus of Washington State University.

The Hokies shot an 11-under-par 277 in Thursday's first round and followed that with an even-par 288 in the second round, played Friday. Tech was one of five teams to shoot par-or-better in both of the first two rounds.

Junior Bryce Chalkley shot a second consecutive three-under-par 69 and is tied for eighth place at 138. He trails leader Sam Smith of Southern California by 12 strokes.

Freshman Maclain Huge shot a four-under-par 68 on Friday and is tied for 12th place a 139. Senior Mikey Moyers is tied for 29th place at 142 and sophomore Scott Vincent is tied for 49th at 146. Sophomore Trevor Cone is tied for 66th at 151. Huge's 68 on Friday is tied for the low round of the tournament by a Hokie.