Oklahoma St. still on top at Amer Ari; Stanford's Wilson has individual lead
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii -- Oklahoma State maintained its grip on the top spot on the leaderboard at the Amer Ari Invitational after carding a 277 total on Friday at Waikoloa Kings' Course.
The Cowboys posted an opening 271 to lead by a stroke entering Day 2 at the par-72, 7,074-yard layout. OSU's 11-under second round was good for a 36-hole total of 548, 28-under-par. Oregon posted a 274 during its second round to move from sixth into second place at 550, while Washington moved into third place at 552.
Stanford's Cameron Wilson used a 65 during his second round to move into first place in the individual race at 132.
The Cowboys finished the day with a pair of players in the top 10. Redshirt freshman Wyndham Clark carded a 69, while sophomore Jordan Niebrugge's 68 tied them for seventh place at 135.
Senior Talor Gooch posted the squad's low round of the day with a 66 to move into a tie for 18th place at 138. Gooch posted a pair of eagles and five birdies en route to his 6-under score.
Senior Ian Davis came in tied for 33rd place at 140 after posting a 74, while classmate Kevin Dougherty's 74 tied him for 83rd place at 146.
No. 2 Georgia Tech gains at Amer Ari
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii -- Freshman Vincent Whaley birdied his last three holes to shoot a 7-under-par 65 on Friday, and Seth Reeves added a 6-under-par 66 as Georgia Tech leaped eight spots to seventh place after 36 holes of the Amer Ari Invitational.
The No. 2-ranked Yellow Jackets rebounded with a vengeance from a poor opening round by posting an 18-under-par score of 270, the best round of the tournament by any of the 20 teams in the field. Ollie Schniederjans shot his second consecutive 69, and Bo Andrews added a 70 to complete the scoring for the Jackets, who have a two-round total of 556 (20-under-par).
Tech shaved eight shots off the lead of No. 3 Oklahoma State. Tech is tied with No. 16 Texas and TCU.
Whaley, making his debut this week as a counting member of the Tech travel team, started fast with a birdie and an eagle on his first two holes (he started at the third. He played the next 13 holes 1-under-par before posting birdies at 18, 1 and 2. It matched the low round shot by any of the 120 players Friday and launched him into a tie for 12th place individually at 7-under-par 137.
He is five shots behind Cameron Wilson of Stanford, who also shot 65 on Friday and has a 36-hole total of 132 (-12). Southern Cal's Jeffrey Kand, UCL's Lorens Chan and Oregon's Thomas Lin, the first-round leader, are tied for second place at 133.
After a bogey at No. 3, his second hole, Reeves went bogey-free the rest of the way with seven birdies, posting his low round of the year after not counting for Tech on Thursday. He is tied for 33rd place at 4-under-par 140. Schniederjans remained steady with four birdies and a bogey on Friday and is tied for 18th individually at 6-under-par 138.
Wilson leads way for No. 9 Stanford
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii -- The only thing hotter Friday on the Big Island than Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was Cameron Wilson.
Wilson, who started the day in a tie for seventh, blitzed through Waikoloa Kings’ Course with a 7-under 65 in the second round of the Amer Ari Invitational to sit atop the leaderboard heading into Saturday’s final round.
Wilson was 4-under through his first eight holes on the par-72 course, beginning on the 11th and shelving birdies on 14, 15, 16 and 18. He would go on to birdie 2, 3, 4 and 5 before a bogey on 6 proved to be his only blemish. Wilson has played the back nine at 12-under through two rounds.
Stanford is tied for 10th on the leaderboard with Arizona State, both sitting at 19-under.
Patrick Rodgers’ 2-under 70 came with seven birdies and an up-and-down back half of the day. Rodgers is tied for 25th.
David Boote took five shots off of his opening-round with a 2-under 70, including an eagle on the par-5 fourth.
Viraat Badhwar played the front nine at 1-under to finish at even. Maverick McNealy posted an even score for the second consecutive day.
Patrick Grimes posted a 77 and Jim Liu shot an 80.