AUBURN, Ala. – The NCAA Division I men’s regionals got underway this week at six sites around the country. The low five teams after Saturday’s final round will advance to the May 23-28 NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes.
Here are the second-round results the Auburn, Raleigh and Sugar Grove regionals (follow live scoring on Golfstat.com here):
Auburn Regional, at Auburn (Ala.) University Club:
Leader: Alabama (-5)
Second place: Auburn (+10)
Individual leader: Cory Whitsett (Alabama) and Kelby Burton, Kennesaw State (-4)
Rest of the top 5: Kennesaw State (+12); Virginia Tech (+16); Texas and BYU (+17)
Work to do: UNCG (+18); Colorado (+19); New Mexico (+21); Louisville (+26)
Skinny: No surprise to see Alabama and host Auburn top the board, 1-2. The No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide have four players inside the top 8 individually, led by senior Cory Whitsett, who birdied two of the last three holes to shoot a team-best 69. … 2012 NCAA champion Texas shot 12-over 300 – the worst score of any team inside the top 9 – to become one of Saturday's bubble teams. … Kennesaw State was fueled in the second round by redshirt junior Kelby Burton, whose Friday 67 was a career-low round. It also tied the school record for low par-72 score in a regional. ... Nos. 4-9 on the leaderboard are separated by only five shots, which should make for a compelling final round. ... In a tie for fifth, BYU could throw a wrinkle into next week's NCAAs, as we reported here.
Raleigh Regional, at Lonnie Poole Golf Course:
Leader: Georgia Tech (-28)
Second place: Washington (-12)
Individual leader: Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech (-8)
Rest of the top 5: Kentucky (-8); Texas A&M (-3); Florida State (-1)
Work to do: Wake Forest and Minnesota (+5); South Alabama (+6); Texas Tech (+8)
Skinny: Top seed Georgia Tech torched the rain-soaked course with a 12-under 272, the low score of the day by six shots. … The top five teams on the leaderboard are all under par. … Georgia Tech junior Ollie Schniederjans took the individual lead after a second-round 66. The Ben Hogan Award finalist, whose five wins this season are the most in school history, is a contender for National Player of the Year, along with Stanford's Patrick Rodgers. ... First-round play didn’t resume until 12:30 p.m. ET Friday after the Raleigh area was pounded by five inches of rain.
Sugar Grove Regional, at Rich Harvest Farms (Ill.):
Leader: UAB (+8)
Second place: Illinois (+9)
Individual leader: Brian Campbell, Illinois (-5)
Rest of the top 5: Clemson (+15); California (+17); USC (+18)
Work to do: Purdue (+21); Kent State (+32)
Skinny: Fourth-seeded UAB maintained its one-shot lead by shooting 4-over 292 in the second round. … Cal matched the low round of the day with an even-par 288, moving inside the top 5. The No. 4 team in the country won’t have much margin for error in the final round, though, as the Golden Bears are only one clear of USC in fifth place and four ahead of Purdue in sixth. … Illinois’ Brian Campbell shot 70 Friday to build a six-shot lead individually. It would be Campbell’s second title this season. … Second-round play was delayed 2 ½ hours Friday because of snow and frigid temperatures.