Men's Golf NCAA ACCtion: Wednesday, June 2
June 2, 2010
The second round will be completed Thursday morning and the third round is expected to start around but not before 9:00 AM.
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. - Florida State set a course record with a 279 team score and it extended its lead in the team standings to five strokes over Oklahoma State and 10 strokes over Georgia Tech after the first two rounds of the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship at The Honors Course. The Seminoles had each of their five golfers finish under par for the first time this season and enter the final round of stroke play on Thursday in position to finish as one of the to eight teams that will advance to the match play portion of the event where the national championship team will be determined beginning Friday.
The second round was halted because of darkness brought on by a rain delay earlier in the afternoon. The second round will be completed on Thursday before the third begins.
Seminole senior Seath Lauer is in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings with a two day total of 139. He is only four strokes behind the individual Alex Chin of San Diego who carded a six under par 66 in the second round and has a two day total of nine under par 135.
Florida State is the only team in the field with four players currently ranked in the top 15 of the individual standings - Lauer (fifth), Drew Kittleson (tied for seventh), Michael Hebert (tied for 11th) and Brooks Koepka (tied for 15th).
GT Golf Team Makes Charge at NCAA Championship
Ooltewah, Tenn. - Paul Haley and Kyle Scott, the first two players out on the course for Georgia Tech Wednesday, each shot 3-under-par 69 and led a Yellow Jacket charge into third place after 36 holes of the NCAA Men's Division I Golf Championship at The Honors Course.
The Atlantic Coast Conference champions shot a 6-under-par 282, their fifth subpar round in eight since the conference tournament began, and positioned themselves to advance to the match play portion of the national championship with a good final round Thursday.
After Thursday's third round, and individual champion will be crowned and the field will be cut to eight teams, which will compete for the national championship at match play. The match play tournament will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Ooltewah, TN—Ben Martin and Corbin Mills both had rounds of even par 72 to lead Clemson to a 291 team score on Wednesday morning at the second round of the NCAA Golf Championships at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, TN. Clemson stood in a tie for seventh place when the second round was halted for darkness. There was a two hour rain delay that put the tournament behind on Wednesday afternoon. Twenty-one of the 30 teams finished the second round.
The Tigers are striving to rank in the top eight among the 30 teams at the NCAA Championships after the third round. Those eight teams will advance to a match play, single elimination tournament that will decide the national champion on Sunday.
The standings were bunched when play was halted on Wednesday at 8:45 PM. Florida State was in first place at 14 under par and Oklahoma State was second at nine under. Georgia Tech was in third place at four under par. Augusta State was fourth at one under par and Florida and San Diego were tied for fifth at even. Clemson is tied with Washington at one over par. Stanford and UCLA were tied for 12th at four over. That meant just five shots separate teams four through 13 as play begins on Thursday morning.
Behind the stellar play of sophomore Henry Smart, the 19th-ranked Virginia men's golf team made a major move up the leaderboard during the second round of the NCAA Championships at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn.
Smart tied the competitive round course record by shooting 6-under 66 to help UVa move up to 11th place. The Cavaliers were unable to finish their round due to darkness as play was delayed two hours during the afternoon due to weather. Virginia finished the first round at 12-over 300 and was in 25th place in the 30-team field.
Virginia had one golfer on the 17th green and one on the 18th tee when play was suspended. Those players, Ben Kohles and Will Collins, will complete their rounds Thursday morning. Virginia will then play its third round in the afternoon with the rest of the top half of the field.
When play was halted the Cavaliers stood at 9-under par for the day and 3-over for the tournament. Earlier in the day tournament-leading Florida State set the single-round team course scoring record by shooting 9-under 279.
Duke are currently 27th at the NCAA Championship with second round play halted due to darkness and nine teams yet to complete their rounds. Junior Wes Roach shot a team-best 73 in the second round with Spencer Anderson in the clubhouse with a two-over 74. Senior Adam Long and freshman Brinson Paolini are also two-over with each player having two holes remaining in the second round. The Blue Devils are 14 shots out of eighth place at 15-over with the top eight teams advancing on to match play.
Roach got off to a rocky start with two bogeys and a double-bogey in his first six holes of the day. He got back on track with birdies on the par 3 16th and par 5 17th holes to move to two-over. The Knoxville, Tenn., native went on to par eight consecutive holes before posting a birdie on No. 8 to get to one-over. He capped his round with a par on No. 9 to end the day tied for 15th with a two-under 142 (69-73).
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - A two-hour lightning delay caused the second round to be suspended at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship at the 7,395-yard, par 72 The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon. Virginia Tech golfer Marshall Bailey was still on the course when play was stopped due to darkness at 8:45 p.m.
Bailey, a junior from Fincastle, Virginia, was one-over-par through 16 holes in the second round. He stands at six-over-par for the tournament and is currently tied for 101st place. He had a birdie, two bogeys and 13 pars in the incomplete round.
Bailey will complete his second round beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday morning and will play his third round on Thursday afternoon.