Play Suspended in Second Round of NCAA Championship

May 27, 2009

TUCSON, Ariz.-With half of the teams in the clubhouse after completing their 18 holes, and the remainder of the teams through nine, the second round of the NCAA Championship was suspended when the sun went down. With golfers on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes, Arizona remains tied for 29th; the Cats are 38 over.

Two of the teams that finished their second round were day one leaders Georgia and Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State took a five stroke lead Wednesday when it shot a 280 (-4), putting it at even par for the Championship. Georgia dropped to five over with a 285 (+1) performance. Texas A&M and Michigan are tied for third at six over. Texas A&M recorded the best score of the day, carding a 276 (-8), improving them from 12th where they sat after round one. Michigan golfers were in the last group Wednesday, and were turning to the back nine as play was suspended. Halfway through round two they are eight under on the round, and six over on the tournament. ASU is in fifth at seven over.

Through eleven holes, Alex Ching of San Diego has a two stroke lead at six over. With scores of 138 (-4) for the event, Russell Henley of Georgia and Matt Hill of North Carolina State are tied for second. Also in second is Alexander Sitompul of Michigan. Sitompul birdied four of his first five holes, and through ten holes is five under, improving him to four under for the tournament. Bronson Burgoon of Texas A&M used a 67 (-4) to improve to three under and is in fifth.

Rich Saferian stayed atop the Wildcats scorecard Wednesday; through 16, he is two over on the day, and five over for the tournament. The sophomore is tied for 52nd. With 14 holes complete, Tarquin MacManus is tied for 102nd at nine over. Through 16, Jonathan Khan is eleven over for the tournament. With 15 holes complete, Phil Bagdade is tied for 142nd and Tyler Neal is in 155th.

The second round will continue tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. central, with the third round projected start time of 10:00. The 112th NCAA Division I Championship is contested at the Inverness Course in Toledo, Ohio, a par 71, 7,255 yard course.

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