Stanford close to breaking records; regionals in full swing entering finals
EUGENE, Ore. -- Top-seeded Stanford briefly lost its four-stroke lead to Oklahoma midway through Friday’s round at Eugene Country Club, but the Cardinal regrouped to post a 2-over 282 for a seven-shot advantage over the Sooners heading into the final round of the NCAA Eugene Regional Championships.
Patrick Rodgers separated himself from the field with a 3-under 67, dipping to 7-under through 36 holes and a six-shot lead over Oregon’s Zach Foushee, Chattanooga’s Chris Robb and teammate Cameron Wilson.
A win will tie Rodgers with Tiger Woods with a school-record 11 career victories. Stanford could earn its fourth consecutive victory and sixth in 11 tournaments on the season.
The 13-team field concludes the 56-hole event Saturday.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- For fourth-seeded Arkansas the birdie train started early in the morning and never stopped, as the Razorbacks set a program NCAA Regional record with a 18-under par 270 to make up 17 strokes and move into a tie for the lead after two rounds at the NCAA Columbia Regional held at The Club at Old Hawthorne.
The Razorbacks started the day in a tie for fourth place and 17 strokes behind top-seeded Oklahoma State, but were able to make up the deficit thanks to a trio of five-under 67s by senior Sebastian Cappelen, sophomore Nicolas Echavarria and sophomore Taylor Moore. Redshirt sophomore Kolton Crawford completed the record-setting round with a three-under 69, marking the second time this year all four Razorbacks have finished under-par.
Arkansas’ 270 followed up a one-over 289 in Thursday’s first round, moving it into a tie with top-seeded Oklahoma State (272-287) at 17-under 559 for the tournament. Host and eighth-seeded Missouri (561) is just two strokes back in third, while third-seeded LSU (575) and fifth-seeded Arizona State (576) are both inside the coveted top five. The top five teams advance to the NCAA Championships next weekend in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Seeking the program’s first NCAA regional title and fourth NCAA Championship appearance in the last six years, Arkansas will return to The Club at Old Hawthorne starting at 9:40 a.m. ET for Saturday’s final round. The Razorbacks will go off the first tee from 9:40-10:20 a.m., playing alongside Oklahoma State and host Missouri.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Top-ranked Alabama extended its lead to 15 shots after two rounds of the NCAA Auburn Regional Championship Friday at the par-72, 7,254-yard Auburn University Club.
The Crimson Tide shot 4-under-par 284, and was the only team under par for the second straight day, for a 36-hole total of 5-under-par 571. Host Auburn carded a 4-over 292 in the second round and is in second at 10-over 586 while Kennesaw State turned in another strong round (3-over, 291) and is in third place at 12-over 588. Virginia Tech is fourth at 16-over 592 while Texas and BYU are tied for fifth at 17-over 593.
Alabama will play with Auburn and Kennesaw State in Saturday's final round. Shelton will get the Tide started at 9:40 a.m. ET off the first tee.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Led by Anders Albertson's 4-under-par 67, four Georgia Tech players broke 70 during the second round of play, and the top-seeded Yellow Jackets bolted to a 16-stroke lead over Washington after 36 holes at the NCAA Raleigh Regional.
Tech shot a 12-under-par 272 in the afternoon for a 36-hole total of 540 (-28). The Jackets opened Friday's play four strokes ahead of No. 8 Washington but extended its lead with a strong back nine and put themselves in position to earn their sixth tournament victory of the year.
Bo Andrews and Ollie Schniederjans each shot 3-under-par 68 in the second round, while Seth Reeves added a 2-under 69 as the Yellow Jackets accumulated 11 birdies and just one bogey on the back nine of the 7,213-yard, par-71 Lonnie Poole Golf Course.
Saturday's final round will begin at 7:30 a.m. ET. Tech will be paired with Washington and Kentucky and tee off beginning at 8:40 a.m.
San Antonio Regional
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Georgia maintained its lead on Friday in the NCAA San Antonio Regional.
The Bulldogs fired a second-round, 3-under 285 to move to 10-under 566 for the tournament on Briggs Ranch Golf Course's par-72, 7,247-yard layout. Georgia holds a 2-shot edge over Vanderbilt, which recorded a blistering 15-under 273 Friday.
The Bulldogs need a top-5 finish in the San Antonio Regional to advance to the NCAA championships. Georgia is 12 shots ahead of the teams in fifth place entering Saturday's final round.
Sophomore Lee McCoy paced the Bulldogs in the second round with a 4-under 68. Senior Joey Garber added a 1-under 71, followed by senior Keith Mitchell at even-par 72 and freshman Greyson Sigg at 2-over 74. Senior Michael Cromie had the Bulldogs' non-counting score of 3-over 75.
The Bulldogs will tee off Friday in 10-minute increments between 10:40 and 11:20 a.m. ET with their counterparts from Vanderbilt and SMU.
Sugar Grove Regional
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. -- Senior Sam Love finished with an even par 72 in the second round to help keep the No. 21 UAB on top of the leaderboard at the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional at the Rich Harvest Farms course. The Blazers remain one stroke ahead of No. 9 Illinois heading into the final round on Saturday.
UAB and Illinois traded the lead back-and-forth most of the day, but the Blazers held on with several birdies and an eagle in the final holes. The team has remained consistent across the first two rounds, finishing with a 292 (+4) for the second round to match its first round score.
Love, who is currently tied for second place individually with a 145 (+1), scored two birdies and had 14 pars in his even par round. The 72 was his second-best score in NCAA regional play round, after his 68 in the 2011-12 season.