June 1, 2006
Sunriver, Ore. -
The Pepperdine men's golf team shot a 6-over par 294 on Thursday and is tied for 25th at the midway point of the 2006 Division I Men's Golf Championships being played at the Sunriver Resort's Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Oregon.
The Washington Huskies shot a 6-under par 282 Thursday and holds a three-shot advantage over first-round leader Wake Forest and Arizona State. The Huskies have a 36-hole total of 13-under 563 while the Demon Deacons and Sun Devils are at 10-under 566.
Thursday's round included persistent rain showers and a brief afternoon downpour that caused play to be suspended for almost 30 minutes midway through the day, but the Huskies managed the second lowest round of the day.
Pepperdine is tied with Brigham Young, Nevada and Oklahoma at 14-over par 590.
Arizona State fired the day's lowest round of 279 (-9) and is tied with opening round leader Wake Forest for second place at minus-10 (566). The Sun Devils entered the day 1-under, while the Demon Deacons combined for a second-round 289 (+1).
Florida is six strokes off the pace in fourth place at 569, while Kentucky and Clemson settled into a tie for fifth at 6-under 570.
Wake Forest senior Kyle Reifers, who led after the first round, held onto the lead after shooting a 70 on the par-72 course, giving him a two-day total of 135 (-9). He leads four players tied for second at minus six.
Pepperdine junior J.J. Wood carded a 1-over par 73 and is tied for 42nd place.
ASU senior Alejandro Canizares, the 2003 NCAA medalist as a freshman, had the day's low round with a 6-under 66. Canizares, who is tied for sixth with two other players at 5-under (139), carded the tournament's first eagle on a par four when he holed his second shot with a six iron from 186 yards out on number 11.
The third round is slated for Friday, with Pepperdine set to tee-off at 12:47 p.m. and will be grouped with Brigham Young and Nevada.
The championship tournament consists of 30 teams and the nation's top six individuals not on those teams. Following Friday's third round, the field will be cut to the top 15 teams and top six individuals not on an advancing team.