NCAA Men's Golf Championship, Day 2: Might We Have An NCAA Individual Champion In Our Midst?

What:  NCAA Men's Golf Championships

When: May 31 to June 5, 2011

Where: Karsten Creek Golf Course, Stillwater, OK

The second round of the 2011 NCAA Men's Golf Championship is now in the books, and Cal's hopes for a team championship are looking rather dim.  The Bears shot an 11-over par 299 as a team -- one shot better than Tuesday's first round result -- but fell from a tie for 14th place to a three-way tie for 16th with Florida and Michigan.  Cal trails the all-important 8th place spot (held by Texas A&M and Ohio State) by nine shots heading into Thursday's final round of stroke play, which will determine the top 8 teams to qualify for the match play round.  

Overall, after two rounds of play, Cal stands at +23 over par, a distant 26 shots behind first-place Georgia Tech.  

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While the Bears' chances for a team championship look bleak, the same cannot be said for their chances at having the school's first-ever individual champion crowned. Cal sophomore Michael Weaver played his second solid round in a row, shooting his second straight 1-under par 71.  Weaver made five birdies on Wednesday, helping to offset a costly double bogey on the 2nd hole.  

Through two rounds, Weaver is tied for 6th and just three shots behind leader John Peterson of LSU.  Peterson shot the day's best round, a 7-under par 65, to climb from a tie for 47th after the 1st round to holding a one-shot lead heading into Thursday's final round of individual medal play.  

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Cal's Michael Weaver (in blue) surveys a shot as his playing partner and an assistant coach from USC look on.

For the second straight day, sophomore Max Homa carded the Bears' second-best round of the day.  Homa followed up his 1-over par 73 in the first round with a 2-over par 74 on Wednesday.  Homa, who like all of the Bears started his round on the 10th tee, eagled the par-5 18th hole to score an even-par first nine.  Homa stumbled coming in, however, making bogey on both the 8th and 9th holes to cost the Bears two strokes coming home.  

After carding the Bears' worst round on Tuesday, 2010 Pac-10 champion  Eric Mina rebounded with a 4-over par 76.  Mina's round was all the more impressive considering he shot 3-over par for his first three holes, with a double bogey on the 10th hole and a bogey on the 12th.  Mina eagled the par-5 14th hole to gain momentum and was able to tread water the rest of the way.  Mina's round ended up being one of the Bears' four best of the day and counted toward Cal's second-round team score.  

Freshman Ben An shot a 6-over par 78 and provided the Bears' final individual round that counted toward the second-round team score.  An improved upon the 81 he shot in the first round.  Unfortunately for the Bears, senior Stephen Hale could not repeat his first-round performance: after shooting a 3-over 75 on the first day, Hale could not get it going in Wednesday's second round, making triple bogey out of the gate at the 10th hole en route to a 9-over par 80.  

Cal resumes action on Thursday.  The Bears, along with Florida and Michigan, will tee off at 8:20 am CT (6:20 am PT).  The 54 holes of stroke play conclude Thursday, with an individual champion to be crowned after Thursday's third round.  The top eight teams will begin match play quarterfinals on Friday.  

TEAM LEADERBOARD (THROUGH TWO ROUNDS)

 

1
4 Georgia Tech
-3 F   +2 283 290 573
2
2 UCLA
-2 F   E 286 288 574
3
9 Illinois
+2 F   -1 291 287 578
4
12 Georgia
+3 F   E 291 288 579
5
3 Alabama
+4 F   +4 288 292 580
6
1 Oklahoma State
+9 F   +5 292 293 585
7
6 Augusta State
+12 F   +6 294 294 588
T8
8 Texas A&M
+14 F   +13 289 301 590
T8
27 Ohio State
+14 F   +11 291 299 590
10
14 Southern California
+16 F   +1 303 289 592
11
16 Arkansas
+18 F   +10 296 298 594
T12
15 Duke
+20 F   +5 303 293 596
T12
26 Arizona State
+20 F   +5 303 293 596
T12
13 Iowa
+20 F   +4 304 292 596
T12
7 San Diego State
+20 F   +13 295 301 596
T16
5 Florida
+23 F   +11 300 299 599
T16
18 California
+23 F   +11 300 299 599
T16
43 Michigan
+23 F   +4 307 292 599
T19
11 Texas
+24 F   +13 299 301 600
T19
10 LSU
+24 F   +6 306 294 600
21
44 Northwestern
+26 F   +8 306 296 602
22
21 San Diego
+28 F   +16 300 304 604
23
31 Kent State
+30 F   +14 304 302 606
T24
29 Tennessee
+31 F   +11 308 299 607
T24
35 Kennesaw State
+31 F   +24 295 312 607
26
  Arizona
+36 F   +22 302 310 612
27
25 Oklahoma
+41 F   +16 313 304 617
28
24 North Carolina State
+42 F   +20 310 308 618
29
36 Pepperdine
+43 F   +22 309 310 619
30
  Colorado State
+53 F   +34 307 322 629

 

 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD (THROUGH TWO OF THREE ROUNDS)

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1 T47
21 John Peterson (10)
LSU -5 F -7 74 65 139
2 1
10 James White (10)
Georgia Tech -4 F +1 67 73 140
T3 T19
4 Patrick Cantlay
UCLA -3 F -3 72 69 141
T3 T5
30 Harris English (10)
Georgia -3 F -1 70 71 141
T3 T19
8 Luke Guthrie
Illinois -3 F -3 72 69 141
T6 T19
61 Lion Kim
Michigan -2 F -2 72 70 142
T6 T19
43 Gregor Main
UCLA -2 F -2 72 70 142
T6 2
74 Cameron Peck
Texas A&M -2 F +2 68 74 142
T6 T34
1 Peter Uihlein
Oklahoma State -2 F -3 73 69 142
T6 T9
  Michael Weaver (10)
California -2 F -1 71 71 142
T11 T5
5 Bud Cauley
Alabama -1 F +1 70 73 143
T11 T9
  Paul Haley (10)
Georgia Tech -1 F E 71 72 143
T11 T9
95 Ryan Sirman
Oklahoma -1 F E 71 72 143
T14 T19
  Todd Baek
San Diego State E F E 72 72 144
T14 T5
  Austin Cook (10)
Arkansas E F +2 70 74 144
T14 T19
67 Chris DeForest
Illinois E F E 72 72 144
T14 T19
58 Brinson Paolini
Duke E F E 72 72 144
T14 T3
14 Patrick Reed (10)
Augusta State E F +3 69 75 144
T14 T3
49 J.J. Spaun
San Diego State E F +3 69 75 144
T14 T34
7 Cory Whitsett
Alabama E F -1 73 71 144

 

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