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McGlasson Slips To 73rd At NCAA Regional

May 20, 2005

                NOTRE DAME, Ind. - University of Colorado junior Edward McGlasson endured two fluky circumstances that both led to double bogeys as the Buffaloes' lone representative here in the 17th Annual NCAA Central Regional slipped from the top tier into 73rd place after the second round was completed Friday.


Due to play being suspended Thursday due to darkness, McGlasson played six holes just after sun-up to complete his first round.  He opened with a bogey, bounced right back with a birdie and then closed with three pars and a bogey to finish the opening round with a 73, tying him for 27th overall.  After a 45-minute break, he went right back out and began his second round.


Things were going well for CU's season stroke leader (73.2), as he made par on the first six holes of his second loop around the course.  He then bogeyed the 398-yard par-4 No. 7 for the second time in three hours, pushing his second shot right and then coming up short with his approach before getting on the green and two-putting.  That set the stage for the first instance of bad luck to strike him.


On No. 8, a 441-yard par-4 layout, his second shot was just beyond the back fringe by three inches.  On his pitch attempt, he had the unfortunate circumstance where he had a "double hit," as the ball popped up and then caught the shaft of the wedge.  McGlasson immediately called out the double hit to his playing partners and thus lay four.  Even worse, when the shaft caught the ball, it ended any momentum the shot had and left him with a nasty 25-footer with a triple break.  He two-putted for a double bogey and just like that he went from even to 3-over in a matter of minutes.


He had to rally on No. 9, sinking a 20-foot uphill effort with plenty of break to score par (three).    A bad bounce just off the No. 10 green forced him to take an unplayable lie and subsequent penalty stroke.  He chipped to 20-feet from the drop area and sunk a testy 20-footer for bogey.  He then reeled off six straight pars, including impressive up-and-downs on Nos. 13 and 15, and had his sights set on a birdie or two on his last two holes, including the 565-yard, par-5 17th.


However, a second blow of bad luck happened to him on the tee, pun intended.  His drive went down the right center, appearing to head to the prime position for a shot to get on the green and an eagle putt.  However, wind gusts brought his ball some 40 yards to the left of his intended spot, and worse, 18 inches into a lateral hazard ? an environmentally sensitive area.  Tournament rules required him to take a penalty stroke and a drop within two club lengths; he did just that, but the ball took an awkward bounce and wound up in a lie significantly worse than the one he had in the hazard.  His couldn't do much with his next shot and it took him two more to get on the green, where he two putted for his second double bogey of the round.  He closed with a bogey on the tough No. 18, though his second shot might have been one of the best in the tournament, as he directed a 5-iron between several trees to get the ball just behind the green ? a 200-yard shot that went unrewarded as he chipped back past the hole and two putted to close the day.


It all left him with a second round 77 for a 10-over par 150 total, tying him for 73rd overall.  He hit nine fairways and had 10 greens in regulation and 30 putts; he hit 10 fairways and nine greens in his first round, with 29 putts. 


"It was very disappointing to play the way that I did," McGlasson said.  "I haven't been able to get much going in the last two weeks, but tomorrow, I plan on starting things over.  Tomorrow things have to go my way, and I need a lot help from other players for this to not be the end of my season."


For McGlasson to advance to next month's NCAA Championship Finals, he needs to be one of the top two individuals from teams not in the top 10 in the standings to advance.  Basically, that means of the 91 golfers facing that situation, he needs to finish first or second; he's currently tied for 36th on that list, 11 strokes off the top individual, Ohio State's Scott Anderson, whom he was paired with the first two rounds.   But a lot of things can change depending on which teams finish in the top 10.


McGlasson will tee it up for his final round at 8:09 a.m. MDT Saturday, starting on the 10th hole on the 7,011-yard, par-70 Warren Golf Course on the University of Notre Dame campus.


                In the team competition, No. 1 Oklahoma State remained in the lead, as the Cowboys own a 565 score, or 5-over par, good for a three-shot lead over No. 6 Augusta State.  OSU owned a two-shot lead over Augusta after the first round.  Missouri, in third and three back after the first 18 holes, held its position but the gap grew to 13 shots.


                OSU's Pablo Martin is the individual leader at 5-under 135 through 36 holes, good for a three shot lead over two players.