Round 2 Recap: Cal rallies, ASU slips at NCAA men's golf championships

Cal and Arizona State are currently the two Pac-12 teams in position to qualify for match play with one round of stroke play remaining in the NCAA men's golf championships. The top eight teams will advance to match play at the conclusion of Thursday's round, with the quarterfinals on Friday, semifinals on Saturday and team finals on Sunday.

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Cal picked up the pace today, improving upon Tuesday's round by five strokes and shooting 8-under Wednesday (at one point the Bears were 17-under through 15 holes) to soar into second place at 11-under and just one stroke behind host and tournament-leading Georgia Tech. Cal entered the clubhouse in third, but Arizona State fell off its first-place perch as the round wore on. Max Homa was amazing through 15 holes-

The two-time Pac-12 Golfer of the Month slipped up some at the end with a bogey and double-bogey on 16 and 18, but Homa finished with the lowest round for the Golden Bears: a 65 to jump into a tie for fourth on the individual player leaderboard at 5-under. Also under par today for Steve Desimone (who has been named a finalist for the Williams Award) were Joël Stalter (-2) and Brandon Hagy (-1). Speaking of Hagy, he is also 5-under for the tournament, and like Homa, in a tie for fourth.


The Forks are no longer in first, but their two-day total of 558 (-2) still has them above the cut line at seventh place and three strokes above ninth-place UCF. Tim Mickelson's squad couldn't repeat its 10-under Tuesday performance, finishing the day at 8-over, but Jon Rahm is still atop the player leaderboard, cooling down considerably Wednesday despite a hot start that included birdies on holes 2-4. He finished his round at 2-over and has a one-shot lead over Arkansas' Nicolas Echavarria (his 64 was the low round of Wednesday along with TCU's Julien Brun, a Ben Hogan Award finalist) and UCF's Greg Eason. Austin Quick and Spencer Lawson were the low Sun Devils on the day, finishing up their Wednesday rounds even par.

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Washington fell further off the cut line for match play, turning in a 3-over to compile a two-day total of 564 (+4). Charlie Hughes had the best round for Matt Thurmond's gang, carding a 69 to improve to 2-over on the tournament alongside Ben Hogan Award winner Chris Williams. The lowest Husky on the tourney is Trevor Simsby, who shot 2-over today to fall back to even par through 36. That big ole "E" has him in a tie for 38th. Pretty nice shot of Simsby's hops here:

Now in a tie for 13th with Florida State, the Huskies need to jump five teams and make up at least four strokes to advance to match play for the fourth time since the match-play format returned in 2009.


The Trojans were much better today, shooting 278 (-2) as a team. That's a 13-stroke improvement from Tuesday and good enough to jump USC six spots into a tie for 19th with Georgia heading into the final round of stroke play. It's an uphill battle for sure at 9-over for the tournament and nine strokes off the cut line, but the Trojans are at least trending in the right direction. On Wednesday, they got an impressive 66 from Yi Keun Chang, who shot 6-under on holes 1-7 (buoyed by an eagle on 4). Overall, Chang is tied for 16th at 3-under along with Cal's Stalter.


One shot behind the Trojans are the Bruins, who are now 10-over for the tournament after shooting 281 (+1) today. It was an eight-stroke betterment of their Tuesday round just and a two-spot jump to a tie for 21st with UNLV (the round would have been even better if Jonathan Garrick wasn't assessed a one-shot penalty for slow play). Senior Pedro Figueiredo did his native Portugal proud by tallying 67 (-3) on his Wednesday 18, ending the round with consecutive birdies. That leaves Figueiredo under-par for the tournament at minus-1 and tied for 30th. Pontus Widegren shot even par, while everyone else for the Derek Freeman Show shot over par.

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