NCAA Men's Golf Championship: Second Round Recap and Third Round Open Thread

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Brandon Hagy shot a 2-over par 73 on Wednesday for the Bears. Hagy is tied for 16th after 36 holes of the 54-hole individual competition.

The third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championship takes place today at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. And it's gut check time for the Pac-12 champion California Golden Bears: through the first two rounds of stroke play competition, the Bears find themselves in a five-way for eighth place with a team score of 584 (+16). Cal posted a score of 289 (+5) in Wednesday's second round, a six-stroke improvement over the first round that helped move the Bears up seven spots on the leaderboard.

For Wednesday's second round, the Bears started off with early tee times, each of them participating in threesomes with competitors from top-seeded Texas and first-round leader (and # 2 seed) Alabama. Cal started off well, paced by Max Homa's three-birdie, bogey-free front nine. With the top four scores counting toward the stroke play total, Cal's best four (Homa, Michael Kim, Brandon Hagy, and Joël Stalter) were 2-under par on the front nine --- a score that could have been even better but for Stalter's double bogey at the 9th.

As it did for most teams on Wednesday, however, the back nine at Riviera bit the Bears. Cal's top four golfers combined for 10 bogeys and only three birdies on the back nine to give back a little bit of what they gained on the front nine. Still, the Bears managed to put themselves in contention, finishing the day in a tie for eighth place along with Kent State, Florida, USC, and Illinois. Alabama (285-287 - 572, +4) leads the team competition by four strokes over UCLA (289-287 - 576, +8).

Homa led the Bears with a 1-under par 70 on Wednesday. Kim, Stalter, and Hagy each shot 73 (+2) to account for Cal's team score (289, +5). Pace Johnson's 78 (+7) was the score that did not count for the Bears.

Cal's eighth-place standing is important: today marks the final day of the stroke play portion of the competition, with the top eight teams advancing to the match play quarterfinals tomorrow. Follow the Bears as they try to keep their national championship chase alive. This is your open thread for the day's action. Cal will tee off starting at 12:50 p.m. in five threesomes with golfers from Kent State and Liberty. A live video stream will be available at the NCAA.com website. Click on this link for live scoring updates throughout the day.

Also, an NCAA individual champion will be crowned after today's third round of stroke play. Thomas Pieters of Illinois (-5) leads that competition by two shots over UCLA's Anton Arboleda and Florida's Tyler McCumber. Cal's Hagy is in a tie for 16th, seven shots behind.

Scores and leaderboards after the jump.

2012 NCAA MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

THE RIVIERA COUNTRY CLUB, PACIFIC PALISADES, CA

CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 2 of 3 stroke play days/2 of 3 stroke play rounds/36 of 54 stroke play holes)

T16. Brandon Hagy 71-73 - 144 (+2)
T37. Max Homa 76-70 - 146 (+4)
T69. Michael Kim 76-73 - 149 (+7)
T84. Pace Johnson 72-78 - 150 (+8)
T92. Joël Stalter 78-73 - 151 (+9)

TEAM LEADERBOARD

current
position
team scoring rounds total
score
to par thru today 1 2
1
2 Alabama
+4 F +3 285 287 572
2
5 UCLA
+8 F +3 289 287 576
3
19 Florida State
+12 F +6 290 290 580
T4
28 Oklahoma
+13 F +8 289 292 581
T4
11 North Florida
+13 F +7 290 291 581
6
8 Washington
+14 F +2 296 286 582
7
26 Liberty
+15 F +4 295 288 583
T8
3 California
+16 F +5 295 289 584
T8
17 Kent State
+16 F +7 293 291 584
T8
18 Florida
+16 F +12 288 296 584
T8
6 Southern California
+16 F +2 298 286 584
T8
32 Illinois
+16 F +5 295 289 584
T13
1 Texas
+17 F +11 290 295 585
T13
7 Oregon
+17 F +10 291 294 585
T15
10 San Diego State
+19 F +11 292 295 587
T15
4 Auburn
+19 F +15 288 299 587
17
20 UCF
+20 F +14 290 298 588
18
25 Iowa
+21 F +15 290 299 589
19
23 Georgia
+25 F +14 295 298 593
T20
31 Chattanooga
+26 F +11 299 295 594
T20
15 Texas A&M
+26 F +12 298 296 594
22
9 Stanford
+27 F +18 293 302 595
T23
16 Virginia
+30 F +8 306 292 598
T23
36 TCU
+30 F +15 299 299 598
T23
30 East Carolina
+30 F +19 295 303 598
26
34 UAB
+32 F +19 297 303 600
T27
38 Memphis
+33 F +18 299 302 601
T27
43 Virginia Tech
+33 F +18 299 302 601
29
50 Lamar
+34 F +19 299 303 602
30
Tulsa
+45 F +23 306 307 613

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD

position player team scoring rounds total
score
current start to par thru today 1 2
1 T4
70 Thomas Pieters (10)
Illinois -5 F -3 69 68 137
T2 1
77 Anton Arboleda (10)
UCLA -3 F +1 67 72 139
T2 T2
Tyler McCumber (10)
Florida -3 F E 68 71 139
4 T10
4 Justin Thomas
Alabama -2 F -1 70 70 140
T5 T13
Chase Marinell
Liberty -1 F -1 71 70 141
T5 T4
3 Patrick Rodgers
Stanford -1 F +1 69 72 141
T5 T46
19 Cory Whitsett
Alabama -1 F -3 73 68 141
T8 T10
Abraham Ancer (10)
Oklahoma E F +1 70 72 142
T8 T13
66 Jonathan Fly
Memphis E F E 71 71 142
T10 T4
5 Blayne Barber (10)
Auburn +1 F +3 69 74 143
T10 T2
60 Corey Conners (10)
Kent State +1 F +4 68 75 143
T10 T13
Greg Eason
UCF +1 F +1 71 72 143
T10 T13
21 Brooks Koepka (10)
Florida State +1 F +1 71 72 143
T10 T46
13 Daniel Miernicki
Oregon +1 F -1 73 70 143
T10 T27
62 Kevin Phelan (10)
North Florida +1 F E 72 71 143
T16 T81
Daniel Berger (10)
Florida State +2 F -2 75 69 144
T16 T4
Dominic Bozzelli (10)
Auburn +2 F +4 69 75 144
T16 T27
11 Julien Brun
TCU +2 F +1 72 72 144
T16 T27
2 Dylan Frittelli
Texas +2 F +1 72 72 144
T16 T13
52 Brandon Hagy
California +2 F +2 71 73 144
T16 T62
Kyle Kmiecik (10)
Kent State +2 F -1 74 70 144
T16 T4
Will Kropp (10)
Oklahoma +2 F +4 69 75 144
T16 T13
50 Harold Varner (10)
East Carolina +2 F +2 71 73 144
T16 T4
Joseph Winslow
Iowa +2 F +4 69 75 144

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