May 30, 2008
West Lafayette, IN - On the second day of the 2008 NCAA Men's Golf Championships, the Saint Mary's Gaels shot a score of 309 (+21) and are currently in 30th place after 36 holes of play. The Gaels opened the tournament with a 333 (+45) and after two rounds, SMC is at 642 (+66) overall at the par-72, 7,465-yard Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.
The Gaels performed much better in the second round, and improved by 24 shots from the opening round. Leading the way for SMC on day two was senior Chadd Cocco, who followed his 76 yesterday with a 74 (+2) on Thursday in much better weather conditions.
Starting on the back nine, Cocco opened the day with four straight pars before dropping a stroke at the 14th hole. He got that stroke back with a birdie on the 15th and closed the opening nine with a bogey on the par-4 18th to make the turn at 1-over par. Following pars on one and two, Cocco dropped to 2-over for the round, and six over for the tournament, with a bogey on the third hole. Once again he answered with a birdie on the next hole, but a bogey on the seventh hole and back-to-back pars to close the round kept him at 2-over for the day.
Robert McRae played the most consistent round for the Gaels as he had three birdies, three bogeys and one quadruple bogey. McRae opened the day with a birdie on the par-5 10th hole, and followed that with three straight pars. He carded an eighth at the par-4 14th hole to drop to 3-over for the round, but quickly answered with birdies at 15 and 17. Following a bogey on 18, he started his back nine with four pars before making a bogey four at five. He closed the round with pars on six, seven and eight before making bogey on the difficult par-4 ninth hole.
Josh Kelley got off to a tough start and was nine over through the first six holes. After making bogey on the 18th, he made the turn at 10-over, but found his game on the back nine, where he carded a 3-under par 33 over the final nine holes. He made a birdie on the par-3 second, had a birdie on the par-5 fourth, and a birdie on the par-4 seventh. He did not have a blemish on his card over the final nine holes. He finished the round with a 79 to give him a two-day total of 166 (+22).
Daniel Cone posted a second round score of 80 (+8) in the second round and is now at 166 (+22) through 36 holes. Cone opened the day with four bogeys and looked to have his game together following birdies at 15 and 16. He made a bogey to close the front nine and after making a birdie three on one, he made four straight bogeys to fall to 6-over par with four holes to play. She made pars on six, seven and eight, but made double on nine to finish off his day.
Mike McRae had a second straight bad day as he carded a 9-over par 81 on Thursday. McRae was playing well through the first six holes, as he was 1-over heading into the 16th hole. He missed the fairway with his drive and had to take an unplayable, which resulted in a double bogey on the par-5. He then doubled the par-3 17th and closed the opening nine holes with a bogey to fall to plus-6 at the turn. On the final nine holes, McRae posted six pars and three bogeys to finish the day.
Saint Mary's will begin Friday's third round on the first hole at 1:35 p.m. Eastern Time with Mike McRae getting the day started for the Gaels. Dan Cone will tee off at 1:44, Josh Kelley starts at 1:53, Robert McRae will begin at 2:02, and Chadd Cocco will start last at 2:11.
Pepperdine senior Eric Shriver carded a 76 on Thursday afternoon at the NCAA Championships at the Brick Boilermaker Golf Complex.
Shriver moved up into a tie for 96th after beginning the day in a tie for 100th. Shriver's four-over par round was a four stroke improvement over his first round of 80 and included two birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey. Shriver's two-day total of 156 puts him at +12 for the tournament.
Shriver's scheduled tee time for the third round of the NCAA Championships is set for 1:55 p.m. ET.
Tenth-ranked Clemson moved atop the leaderboard after firing an even-par 288 at the 2008 NCAA Men's Golf Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. The Tigers recorded a 301 in the opening round, giving them a team total of 589 and a one-stroke lead over No. 5 UCLA. The Bruins scored 293 on Thursday after opening with a 297.
No. 8 Stanford moved up to eighth after tying for low-round team honors on Thursday with an even-par 288. Billy Horschel, a junior from Florida moved into the lead behind a five-under par 67 (72-67=139). Horschel birdied five of his last nine holes to take the top spot on the individual leaderboard. Clemson sophomore Kyle Stanley carded a four-under par 68 (72-68=140) and is alone in second place.
Washington sophomore Nick Taylor had the best individual round of the day, shooting a six-under par 66 to finish the day in third with a 141 (75-66=141). Taylor birdied five of his first nine holes, recording seven birdies and only one bogey. Joel Sjoholm of Georgia State, one of six individuals in the field is seventh with an even-par 144 (72-72=144).
Top-ranked and top-seeded USC dropped from a tie for first to third place after the second round, but is just two strokes off the lead at 591 (297-294=591). Fourth-ranked Oklahoma State is in fifth with a team total of 594 (298-296=594).
The third round of the NCAA Championships will begin with the top teams teeing off starting at 7 a.m. ET on Friday. Teams are competing for the top 15 spots in order to advance to the fourth and final round on Saturday after which the team and individual champions will be crowned.
Live scoring of the entire tournament and live video of the third and fourth rounds can be found on Golfstat.com. The same live video webstreaming can be found on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET and Saturday from 9 a.m. to completion at ncaa.com.