May 18, 2007
Tempe, AZ (May 17) - Records continued to be set at the 2007 NCAA Division I West Regional at Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course on Friday, both on the scoreboard and in the heat index. Loyola Marymount's Brian Locke remained his cool-under-pressure self, posting a second round 67 to remain in contention for an NCAA Championship appearance.
Locke was near perfect on the day, posting five birdies and 13 pars to go eight-under par for the tournament. His two-round score of 136 has him in a three-way tie for 12th and just four strokes off the leaders, Benjamin Alvarado of Arizona State and Jamie Lovemark of USC. Alvarado jumped from seventh to first with a 65 in the second round while Lovemark did one better, shooting three eagles on the day and posting a course-record 63 to go from 21st to 1st in the standings.
Despite the streaky scores for the leaders, Locke remains in striking distance and in the running for an individual invitation to the NCAA Championships. Locke along with Jon Curran of Vanderbilt are both at eight-under and are the top two individuals whose team is not in the top-10 of the team standings.
There are three regionals and the NCAA Championships will take the top-10 teams from each regional. In addition, the top two individuals not on those teams from each regional will also earn an invitation.
And if it ended today, Locke would be in for his second straight NCAA Championship.
Locke put himself in position for the bid with a quick start. He posted a birdie on the par-4, 402-yard first and a par on the par-4, 423-yard third. He would finish the front nine with six pars to post a 33.
After a hitting a five on the par-5, 546-yard 10th, he posted a birdie on the 410-yard 11th. Two more pars had him at three-under going into the par-5, 527-yard 14th. On in two, he posted an easy birdie to go to four-under.
He went par on both the 15th and 16th before another birdie on a par-5, this one the 591-yard 17th. He hit par on the 18th to post a 34 on the back nine.
Locke's final round will begin at 8:23 on the par-5 10th, Saturday morning.