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Cal Holds NCAA Lead Through 36 Holes

College CentralHOT SPRINGS, Va. -- California held on to its one-stroke lead, shooting a 9-over 289 on a difficult scoring day at the second round of the NCAA men's golf championships on Wednesday.
Only Pepperdine finished below par in the second round at the par-70, 6,679-yard Cascades Golf Course. The Waves shot a 4-under 276, moving into a tie for fourth place with Washington.
'We played well on the back nine when the wind was howling,' California coach Steve Desimone said of his team, which teed off on the back nine. 'It was a disappointing final nine.
'But hey, we're still up one. No one said this was going to be easy.'
The Golden Bears' two-round score of 8-over 568 puts them one stroke ahead of Kentucky and two ahead of Brigham Young.
Pepperdine and Washington have a two-round total of 571, followed by Georgia State and UCLA tied for sixth (572).
Defending national champion Clemson shot 10-over Wednesday and was in 13th place at 575.
In the individual competition, Arizona's Chris Nallen shot a 67 to move into a tie for first place at 4-under 136 with Kentucky's Matt Wells and California's Jeff Hood.
Nallen had four birdies and one bogey. Wells had eight birdies with four bogeys in shooting a 68, while Hood finished with a 71.
'I just could not make any putts,' said Hood, who was 5-under after the first round. 'I bet I had five or six putts inside of 10 feet and didn't make any of them.'
Pepperdine's Michael Putnam fired the best round of the day, a 65 with five birdies and no bogeys. He is 1-under for the tournament.
The third round Thursday is cut day. Only the top 15 teams will compete in the final round Friday.
Rd. 2 Team Results
1. California 568
2. Kentucky 569
3. BYU 570
T4. Pepperdine 571
T4. Washington 571
T6. Georgia State 572
T6. UCLA 572
T8. TCU 573
T8. Arizona 573
T10. Florida 574
T10. Texas 574
T10. Georgia Tech 574
13. Clemson 575
14. Purdue 577
15. Penn State 580
T16. Auburn 581
T16. Oklahoma 581
T16. Oklahoma State 581
T19. Kent State 582
T19. New Mexico 582
T19. USC 582
22. Texas A&M 583
T23. SMU 585
T23. North Carolina 585
25. Toledo 586
26. Georgia 587
27. Arizona State 596
28. Vanderbilt 597
29. Wichita State 602
30. Rhode Island 610

Individual Leaders
Jeff Hood, California 65-71--136
Chris Nallen, Arizona 69-67--136
Matt Wells, Kentucky 68-68--136
A.J. Elgert, Kansas St. 68-69--137
Travis Johnson, UCLA 69-68--137
Ryan Moore, UNLV 67-70--137
Bill Haas, Wake Forest 70-68--138
Jason Hartwick, Texas 70-68--138
Mark Leon, Penn St. 69-69--138
Matt Hendrix, Clemson 71-68--139
Kasper Jorgensen, Georgia St. 69-70--139
Jeff Overton, Indiana 67-72--139
Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 74-65--139
Chan Wongluekiet, Georgia Tech 70-69--139
Ben Hayes, Southern Cal 69-71--140
John Holmes, Kentucky 71-69--140
Shiv Kapur, Purdue 72-68--140
Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas 69-71--140
Mark Lamb, Arizona 72-69--141
Alex Prugh, Washington 71-70--141
Stephen Reed, Texas A&M 73-68--141
Ryan Yip, Kent St. 71-70--141
Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young 70-72--142
Scott Carlyle, California 71-71--142
Jonathan Dismuke, Auburn 68-74--142
Jake Ellison, Brigham Young 70-72--142
Jack Ferguson, Clemson 69-73--142
Jonathan Fricke, Georgia St. 73-69--142
Pariya Junhasavasdikul, Purdue 72-70--142
Tyler Leon, Oklahoma St. 70-72--142
Spencer Levin, New Mexico 72-70--142
Brock Mackenzie, Washington 71-71--142
Adam Meyer, TCU 66-76--142
Todd Miller, Brigham Young 69-73--142
Jessie Mudd, Florida 69-73--142
Brian O'Flaherty, Pepperdine 73-69--142

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