Stanford leads Alabama by 4 after 36 holes


HUTCHINSON, Kan. – It took 57 hours, but the entire 30-team field has finally completed two rounds of stroke-play qualifying at the NCAA Championship.

After 36 holes, No. 3 Stanford leads top-ranked Alabama by four shots at 12 under par. No. 2 Oklahoma State is another four shots back. Currently, UCLA is the bubble team, sitting in eighth place at 3 over par.

The low eight teams after 54 holes will advance to the match-play bracket. An individual champion also will be named after three rounds at Prairie Dunes.

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The teams that finished two rounds in 16th place or worse – a group that includes three top-10 teams in No. 4 Cal, No. 6 Georgia and No. 10 Virginia Tech – were sent out in a shotgun format at 5:40 p.m. ET Saturday to begin the third and final round. They likely won’t be able to finish before dark, so the 15 teams will complete the rest of the third round in the morning, weather permitting.

Those teams currently 1-15 will begin their third round at 1 p.m. ET. The final group of Stanford, Alabama and Oklahoma State will head off the first tee from 2:20-3 p.m.

Golf Channel will be live from Prairie Dunes beginning at 2 p.m., with full coverage starting at 5 and airing until the completion of play.