NCAA men's golf championships: Stanford on top after shortened second round
The No. 2 ranked Stanford Cardinal was only one of six teams to complete the second round of play due to inclement weather interrupting play for over eight hours on Thursday at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
Only the top eight teams will make the cut after 54 holes of play to qualify for a match-play style playoff. The final two teams will play on Wednesday for the title match.
The Cardinal finished the first round 1-over par and came roaring back in the second round to shoot a 13-under 267 finishing their first two rounds at a combined 12-under. Stanford is in the lead by four strokes over top-ranked and defending national champion Alabama who has yet to begin its second round. The top two ranked individuals in Partick Rodgers (-5) and Cameron Wilson (-6) lived up to their hype by finishing in the top three at the end of the second day.
No. 5 ranked California was able to complete two full rounds but with much less success than their rival across the bay. At 8-over par, the Golden Bears are tied for 21st place with the Universities of Kentucky and Houston. Cal finished the first round with an admirable 1-under 279, yet fell apart in the second round finishing 9-over for the round. No. 6 individual Brandon Hagy dropped from being tied for 14th at 2-under par to being tied for 39th at even par.
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The No. 8 ranked Washington Huskies finished the first round 1-under par and have struggled on the first three holes of the second round, finishing 6-over on holes 15-18. At 5-over par, the Huskies are currently tied for 16th place with four other schools. Cory Pereira finished round one at 1-under par but currently sits at 1-over while teammate Jonathan Sanders has improved on his first round 73, shooting 1-under so far in the second round placing him tied for 69th at 2-over par.
The UCLA Bruins, who were ranked at No. 21 entering the championships have yet to hit the course for the second round and are clinging to a tie for 10th place at 1-under par after the first round. Anton Arboleda is 2-under par and tied for 15th place in the individual standings. No. 25 Johnathan Garrick and No. 50 Lorens Chan are both tied for 39th after shooting an even par 70 in the first round.
The No. 22 USC Trojans had a horrific first round, shooting 16-over par and look to rebound in the second round on Sunday morning. 15th ranked Rico Hoey finished the first round with a respectable 2-under 68 and is currently tied with several others for 15th place. Three SC players are 6-over par, including 30th ranked Anthony Paolucci.
The No. 27 ranked Oregon Ducks surprised the field after taking the lead at the end of the first day. The Ducks would return to Earth and finish with a 4-over 284 after completing the second round, good enough to be tied for 14th with the University of Illinois. Friday's individual leader, Zach Foushee is holding on to a 15th place tie at 2-under par. Teammate Thomas Lim is also sporting a respectable 1-under par 69 at the completion of the first round.
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