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 from the Columbia, San Antonio and Eugene regionals (follow live scoring on Golfstat.com here):
Columbia Regional, at The Club at Old Hawthorne:
Leader: Arkansas and Oklahoma State (-17)
Third place: Missouri (-15)
Individual leader: Hunter Kraus, Missouri (-7)
Rest of the top 5: LSU (-1); Arizona State (E)
Work to do: Iowa State (+3); San Diego State (+6); Iowa (+9); Virginia (+12)
Skinny: Arkansas shot a scorching 18-under 270 – the best round of the day by 10 shots – to join top seed Oklahoma State at the top. Three Razorbacks shot 67 on Day 2, and they also counted a 69. … Virginia, ranked 11th in the country, shot 15-over 303 in the second round and now sit 12 shots back of the all-important fifth spot. … Arizona State received nice boosts from Jon Rahm, who played his last four holes in 5 under par, and Max Rottluff, who birdied his last four holes, to help the Sun Devils sit fifth heading into the final round.
San Antonio Regional, at Briggs Ranch Golf Course:
Leader: Georgia (-10)
Second place: Vanderbilt (-8)
Individual leader: Julien Brun, TCU (-10)
Rest of the top 5: SMU (-6); Georgia State +1); UCLA, TCU and Georgia Southern (+2)
Work to do: College of Charleston (+5); UCF (+6)
Skinny: Top seed Georgia maintained his position atop the leaderboard, but Vanderbilt, even without Matthias Schwab, one of the team’s best players, made a huge move on Day 2. The Commodores shot 15-under 273 – nine shots better than any other team – to surge into solo second. Charlie Ewing and Hunter Stewart both shot 67s for Vandy. … UCLA is tied for fifth. The Bruins have the longest streak of consecutive NCAA finals appearances, with 11. … No. 7 UCF is in danger of being the highest-ranked team to miss the NCAA finals. After shooting 6 over in the second round, the Knights are now four shots back of fifth place. … TCU’s Julien Brun, who won the Big 12 title by nine shots, opened 67-67 to take a four-shot lead individually.
Eugene Regional, at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club:
Leader: Stanford (-2)
Second place: Oklahoma (+7)
Individual leader: Patrick Rodgers, Stanford (-7)
Rest of the top 5: Oregon (+9); South Carolina (+19); North Florida and Houston (+23)
Skinny: Stanford has won four of its last five starts and, no surprise, maintained its advantage in Eugene. The host Ducks are 11 shots back, creating a 10-shot gap between them and fourth-seeded South Carolina. … Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers followed his opening 66 with a second-round 67 to build a six-shot lead in the individual race. If he wins Saturday, he will match Tiger Woods’ school record of 11 career titles. … Houston won four times this season, but now the Cougars are in danger of missing out on the finals. They shot 13-over 293 in the second round and are tied with North Florida for the fifth and final spot. Four other teams are also within nine shots.