Georgia Extends Lead at NCAAs


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NCAAOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Georgias Richard Scott shot a 1-under 69 and teammate Brendon Todd added a 70 in windy conditions Thursday to help the Bulldogs increase their lead to nine strokes after the second round of the NCAA Division I tournament.
Youve got to put aside thinking about leading or winning and just take it one shot at a time, Scott said. On this course and with these teams playing, if you lose focus, it can bite you. Were just worrying about each shot.
Georgia had a 4-over 284 total Thursday'counting the top four scores from the five-player squad'to finish 36 holes at 2-under 558 on the Caves Valley course. Chris Kirk added a 71 for the Bulldogs, and Kevin Kisner and David Denham shot 74s.
If you had told me after two rounds wed be under par, I would have taken that without a doubt, Georgia coach Chris Haack said. Im proud of the way the guys are playing. Theyre all focused on the task at hand. Theyre doing a good job of staying in the present and not getting emotional.
Tennessee, 8 over in the second round, was second at 7 over, followed by Georgia Tech at 9 over, Southern California at 12 over and UNLV, Duke, Georgia State and Washington at 14 over. Top-ranked Oklahoma State was 15th at 21 over.
Pepperdines Michael Putnam topped the individual leaderboard, shooting his second straight 67 for a 6-under 134 total. Augusta States Major Manning (70) was a stroke back, and Washingtons James Lepp (67) and Georgia Techs Roberto Castro (68) were three strokes behind Putnam at 3-under 137.
Putnam had an eagle, two birdies and a bogey'on his final hole.
I played solid all day, Putnam said. I only hit one bad shot and that was on the last hole. My mind-set for the day was not to make a bogey. I think when you have that mind-set, it helps make the day a little more relaxing.
Defending champion Ryan Moore of UNLV, also the 2004 U.S. Amateur and U.S. Public Links winner, followed his opening 72 with a 73 for a 5-over 145 total. New Mexicos Spencer Levin, who tied for 13th last year in the U.S. Open, also struggled, shooting a 75 for a 7-over 147 total.
Team Scores
Georgia 274-284--558
Tennessee 279-288--567
Georgia Tech 288-281--569
Southern Cal 290-282--572
UNLV 284-290--574
Duke 288-286--574
Georgia State 287-287--574
Washington 289-285--574
Augusta State 286-289--575
Brigham Young 285-290--575
Arizona State 291-285--576
Arizona 282-296--578
Florida 289-291--580
Wake Forest 287-293--580
Oklahoma State 292-289--581
Kentucky 291-292--583
SMU 287-297--584
Alabama 291-293--584
Georgia Southern 286-298--584
Arkansas 288-296--584
Coastal Carolina 284-301--585
Missouri 300-286--586
San Diego State 290-297--587
Stanford 296-292--588
New Mexico 289-300--589
Tulsa 290-302--592
Texas A&M 296-296--592
Texas 298-297--595
Purdue 299-299--598
UCLA 299-301--600
Individual Leaders
Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 67-67--134
Major Manning, Augusta State 65-70--135
Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech 69-68--137
James Lepp, Washington 70-67--137
Oscar Alvarez, BYU 67-71--138
Shawn Jasper, Missouri 72-66--138
Ross McGowan, Tennessee 67-71--138
Michael Schachner, Duke 70-68--138
Brendon Todd, Georgia 68-70--138
Kevin Kisner, Georgia 65-74--139
Zack Miller, Stanford 70-69--139
Alex Noren, Oklahoma State 70-69--139
Aron Price, Georgia Southern 66-73--139
Joshua Wooding, Southern Cal 71-68--139
Chris Kirk, Georgia 69-71--140
Niklas Lemke, Arizona State 70-70--140
Taylor Wood, Southern Cal 72-68--140
Robert Gates, Texas A&M 68-73--141
Beau Glover, Arkansas 70-71--141
Richard Scott, Georgia 72-69--141
Mitch Cohlmia, Tulsa 67-75--142
Rob Grube, Stanford 71-71--142
Mark Harrell, Alabama 70-72--142
Ty Harris, Georgia State 72-70--142
John Holmes, Kentucky 70-72--142
Nathan Lashley, Arizona 71-71--142
Doug Manchester, Wake Forest 71-71--142
Philip Pettitt, Tennessee 69-73--142
Joel Sjoholm, Georgia State 73-69--142
Martin Ureta, North Carolina 68-74--142

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