Wood Qualifies For NCAA Championships, But Team Misses Cut
May 20, 2006
USC senior Taylor Wood qualified individually for the NCAA Championships, but it wasn't enough to the lead the team into the finals for the fourth straight season as Troy missed the cut on the final day of the 2006 NCAA Tournament East Regional at Lake Nona G.C. in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday (May 20).
Wood, who led the tournament after two days, fired a 1-over 73 that featured three birdies to finish tied for second at 212 (-4). UCLA's Kevin Chappell won the team title at 211. The top two individual players on non-qualifying teams earn berths into the NCAA Championships, held May 31-June 3 in Sunriver, Ore.
Wood, USC's stroke average leader all season, tied his season-best finish with his second-place tie. He also tied for second at the U.S. Intercollegiate by the Maple Fund. It was his fifth top 10 finish of the season. He will next try to improve upon his seventh-place finish at last year's NCAA Championships.
As a team, USC opened the final round tied for ninth and needed to finish among the top 10 to earn an NCAA berth. But after a 298 in the first round and a 294 in the second round, USC posted a 303 over the final 18 holes to finish with an 895, tied for 15th. Wake Forest won the regional with an 864. UNLV finished 10th to earn the final NCAA berth at 884.
Joshua Wooding, who had four birdies on Saturday, fired a final-day 73 (+1) for a three-day 225 (+9). Junior Jordan Nasser came in with a 78 (+6) for a 229 (+13) overall, senior Tyler Ley had a 79 (+7) to finish with 236 (+20) and senior Bradley Shaw finished with an 80 (+8) to finish with 230 (+14).