May 18, 2012
Xavier senior Sebastian MacLean is in seventh place overall at four-under after round two at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional. Charlotte and George Washington's golf teams also completed their respective second rounds at the Greensboro Regional Friday.
With a 1-under-par 70 on Friday, MacLean sits in a tie for seventh place overall. MacLean carded four birdies on the day and, as the top individual, he will tee off at 9:50 Saturday morning from the 10th tee.
MacLean, teeing off from the 10th hole this morning, started off a little slow with two pars and then a costly double-bogie on hole three. He got both strokes back with birdies on 14 and 16 and took the turn with an even 35. On the front nine, MacLean parred four straight holes before bogeying five to go back to 1-over. Finishing strong, he birdied holes six and eight to turn in a 1-under-par 70 for the day.
Saturday's round is the third and final round of the regional being held at University of Michigan Course, a par-71, 6,723-yard facility. The low individual (not competing on a team) from each regional will advance to the finals. The finals will be conducted May 29-June 3, at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. Southern California is the host institution for this year's championships.
Shooting 16-over par, Charlotte remained in 12th-place at 31-over par after two rounds Friday at the East Course at Grandover Resort
Hoping to climb up the scoreboard on day two, Charlotte held its first round position in 12th-place with tomorrow's third and final round to come. The top five teams following tomorrow's round will advance to the 30-team NCAA Championship Finals. Charlotte is 19 strokes out of fifth place.
Charlotte was led on the first nine by freshman Raoul Menard and senior Paul Ferrier, who both made the turn at one-over par. Heading into the second nine, which was holes 1-9 for Charlotte, the 49ers still stood in 12th-place, though. On the second nine, the 49ers could not make up ground, finding birdies hard to come by. Charlotte had six birdies on the first nine but could not match that on the second nine.
Menard had two birdies on his second nine to offset a double-bogey and finish the round at one-over par 73. Ferrier finished at three-over par and senior Tyler Mitchell was four-over par. Menard is the 49ers leader after two rounds at three-over par, which is tied for 18th overall. Mitchell is second for Charlotte at nine-over, tied for 49th.
The George Washington golf team carded a combined score of a 22-over par 310 in Round 2 on Friday and sits in 13th place through 36 holes at the NCAA Greensboro Regional.
The Colonials’ final round tee time is set for 9:10 a.m. on Saturday at the par-72 7,271-yard Grandover Resort East Course.
GW stood in 14th place after Round 1 with a 24-over par 312, but the Colonials’ second-round score of 22-over 310 bested Mount St. Mary’s 29-over 317 to move the team past the Mountaineers into 13th in the 14-team field by six shots entering Saturday's final round. GW lost just six shots to par over its second nine holes on Friday, while the Mount dropped 19 shots over the span to fall behind the Colonials.
Liberty holds the 36-hole lead at even par, followed by SMU (+6), Florida (+10) and Auburn and Lamar (+12).
Senior Andres Pumariega continues to pace the Buff and Blue as the Miami, Fla., native shot a 3-over 75 in Round 2 to move to a tie for 41st with a two-round 7-over 151. Classmate Taylor Fuqua – who was tied for 51st after a 5-over 77 on Thursday – fired a 4-over 76 and currently sits in a tie for 48th at 9-over 153.
Fellow senior Martin Liu carded a second-round 3-over 75 and is tied for 57th with a two-round score of 11-over 155. Freshman Jack Persons shot a 14-over 86 on Friday for a two-day 21-over 165 and 73rd place, while senior Brandon Rukin follows in 74th after shooting a 12-over 84 on Friday and two-day 26-over 170.
Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals (Athens, Ga., Ann Arbor, Mich., Stanford, Calif.) while the other three regionals (Greensboro, N.C., Bowling Green, Ky., Norman, Okla.) will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The top 30 teams and six individuals advance to the NCAA Championship, held May 28 - June 3 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.