Division I men's golf championship: Day 2 recap from all six regionals
The 2017 Division I Men's Golf Championships continued Tuesday with the second of three days of regionals. The top five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the six regionals in action will advance to the finals held May 26-31.
Here's how each of the six fields look after the second round:
Baton Rouge Regional
Top-seeded LSU took another step toward its first-ever regional championship Tuesday at the University Club, as the Tigers wrapped up the second round seven shots clear of the field at the top of the standings with a two-day total of 4-under par 572.
LSU sophomore Sam Burns extended his individual lead from two shots to five shots by the end of play as he followed a 7-under 65 on Monday with an even-par 72 on Tuesday to finish at 7-under par 137.
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No. 5 seed Northwestern braved the blustery conditions to make the biggest move of the day as the Wildcats climbed four spots up the standings into a tie for fourth place with No. 2 seed Oregon at 12-over par 588 for the week. Northwestern posted the second-lowest round of the day with a team effort of 1-over 289 to move into the top five.
The low round of the day went to No. 4 seed Duke as the Blue Devils improved their position by two spots as the second-place team through 36 holes with a two-day total of 3-over par 579. No. 3 seed Virginia rounded the par-72 course at the University Club in the second round with 10-over 298 to slip one spot into third place at 4-over par after opening the tournament with a first-round 6-under 282.
“We’ve been here a lot and seen what this golf course did today,” said LSU coach Chuck Winstead. “Anytime you get double-digit winds out here and get the pin placements we see in tournaments out here the golf course can defend par almost as good as anywhere. What you see today is quality shots get rewarded. If you’re not on it doesn’t take much, there’s a bogey out there and that’s if you’re smart. If you’re not smart out here, you could turn it into a triple.”
Recap courtesy William A. Stafford, LSU Athletics
A local golfer soared to the top of the leaderboard in the second round of the regional on Tuesday at The Grove Club.
Lipscomb University junior Dawson Armstrong, who grew up in nearby Brentwood, Tennessee, before becoming a Bison, tied a course record and broke the competition tournament record at The Grove with a 7-under-par 65.
Armstrong, who finished the first round Monday with a 69, fired nine birdies to counter just two bogeys on the day. He leads Vanderbilt sophomore Patrick Martin by a stroke and Clemson sophomore Bryson Nimmer by three.
“I feel like I’m swinging the club really well,” Armstrong said. “Every part of my game feels its best, and if the mental side of it is there I feel like I’m going to have a good tournament.”
Lipscomb was also the biggest mover in the team competition. The Bison broke Vanderbilt’s course record of 279 set on Monday with an 11-under 277, 22 strokes better than they were in the first round. Meanwhile, the No. 2 Commodores followed up with a 3-under 285 to take an eight-stroke lead into Wednesday’s final round. Lipscomb is tied with Clemson and UCF in second at 4 under, while Kennesaw State is alone in fifth at 1 under.
Recap courtesy Mark Owens, Middle Tennessee Athletics.
West Lafayette Regional
No. 8 seed New Mexico took over first place after shooting a 282 (-6) Tuesday at Kampen Course.
New Mexico, which shot an even-par 288 on Monday, now has a 36-hole total of 6-under par 570, to lead UNLV by three shots. The Runnin’ Rebels are the only other team currently under par.
Five teams recorded under-par rounds for the day while Auburn, Purdue and Florida moved up two spots in the standings respectively. With winds forecast to be even stronger tomorrow, Tuesday was crucial for teams moving up the leaderboard.
Leading the charge to the top of the leaderboard for the Lobos was senior Andrej Bevins, who tallied six birdies and an eagle on the par-5 4th hole. The duo of Bevins and Andre Garcia had a combined 12 birdies and only four bogeys in a sensational round by the New Mexico duo.
“Mentally I was just staying composed out there, it is a hard golf course and anything around even par is a good score,” Garcia said.
The West Lafayette Regional's final round begins at the Kampen Course at 7:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
Recap courtesy Christopher A. Forman, Purdue Athletics
Baylor turned in a record-setting performance to take a seven-stroke lead heading to the final round at the Stanford Regional. The Bears shot 15-under-par 265 in Tuesday’s second round at Stanford Golf Course.
Baylor’s 265 was eight strokes better than any team in the field and helped the Bears turn a six-stroke deficit against tournament host Stanford into a seven-stroke lead. Baylor shattered the school record for an NCAA tournament round by nine strokes, besting the previous record set in the final round at last year’s Kohler Regional. It was also the fourth-best round in any tournament in team history.
Sophomore Braden Bailey tied the Baylor record for lowest individual NCAA tournament round with a 6-under 64. Bailey’s 64 also tied the second-best round in any event in program history and made him the sixth BU player to break 65 and the first since Ryan Baca in 2006.
Following Baylor (-18) and Stanford (-11) on the leaderboard is Pepperdine (-5) and Oklahoma (-3). Georgia Tech, North Florida and BYU are all tied for fifth place at even par.
Recap courtesy Baylor Athletics
No. 11 Texas fired a second-round 288 to maintain its lead at the UT Golf Club on Tuesday.
Three Longhorns finished two rounds in the top-3, led by junior Doug Ghim, who sits at the top of the leaderboard. Ghim followed a first-round 68 with a second-round 69 for his 12th round in the 60s this season.
"My confidence level is good. I'm right where I want to be individually. Our team is right where we want to be as well," Ghim said. "We're in contention and playing well. Nothing changes as far as our team mindset. We know what we need to do and what we're capable of, so as long as we take care of business we'll be fine tomorrow."
The Longhorns lead runner-up Oklahoma State by four strokes, while Ghim leads the field by one stroke. Ole Miss (+8), Iowa State (+14) and Arizona State (+15) round out the rest of the top five entering the final day of regional competition.
Recap courtesy Texas Athletics
Sophomore Justin Suh fired his second straight 68 while senior Rico Hoey was also under par as the No. 1 USC men’s golf team finished a rain-delayed second round of the 2017 NCAA Washington Regional in first place at the Aldarra G.C. in Sammamish, Wash., on Tuesday (May 16). The Trojans, top seeded and seeking their 11th straight trip the NCAA final field, moved from second to first after a 1-under second round and now lead at a combined for a 5-under 563 (280-283) after 36 holes with Florida State second at 2-under 566 (278-288).
Kent State is third at 1-over 569 (287-282) with Penn State fourth at 10-over 578 (290-288) and Alabama fifth at 12-over 580 (283-297). Host Washington is sixth at 13-over 581, Texas A&M seventh at 15-over 583 and San Diego State eighth at 16-over 584 as teams jockey for a top 5 finish.
USC currently shares with Texas the nation’s longest active streak of NCAA final appearances at 10. The Longhorns, like USC, are leading their Regional.
Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams are competing at each of three regionals while the three other regionals feature 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals, May 26-31 at Rich Harvest G.C. in Sugar Grove, Ill.
Recap courtesy USC Athletics