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Redlands Athletics | May 13, 2015

Redlands seizes first after Day 2 at NCAA championships

  Redlands took the lead from first-round forerunners Methodist.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- After finishing Day 1 of the NCAA championships in second place, Redlands moved up to the top of the leaderboard by shooting a 296 on Thursday to finish 36 holes at 5-over par with a total score of 581.

As a team, the Bulldogs opened on the first tee and shot one-over on the back nine to overtake the previous leaders from Methodist.

While taking on the tougher East Course at the Grandover Resort, senior Anthony Estes remained very consistent by matching his Day 1 total of 72 to remain at an even total of 144. After bogeying the first hole, he managed to birdie the next one and remain at par for the remainder of the front nine. Estes matched his back-nine score with a 36, which included seven pars and one birdie, to place him tied for 12th overall. Through 36 holes, Estes has notched 26 pars, which ranks him tied for fourth in the elite field of competition.

In addition, junior John McCord continued his solid efforts by matching his Day 1 score with another 73. McCord started off strong by making par on the opening six holes and then notched a pair of birdies on the back nine to finish at one-over. McCord currently sits tied for 20th in the individual standings with a tournament total of 146.

Senior Bobby Holden finished his second round with a score of 76, also placing him tied for 12th overall with Estes and three others. Holden salvaged a rocky start with one birdie on each side of the course to go along with 10 total pars, en route to a 36-hole tally of 144.

Junior Ryan Turner remains in the top 50 after notching a Day 2 total of 78 and holding an overall total of 150. Turner showed his best efforts on the back nine by holing seven pars to aid his solid finish.

Freshman Jake Ryan showed great resolve by bouncing back from a difficult first day to register a 75 for an 11-stroke improvement. After converting eight pars on the front nine, he stepped up with birdies on Nos. 14 and 16 to conclude a solid day on the course.

Overall, Redlands ranks first in the field with 121 pars and a par-four average of 4.18.

The Bulldogs are joined by 14 other teams that now advance to the final two rounds of the NCAA championships.