Individual Players Enjoy Strong Second Round of NCAA Regionals
Vaita Guillaume of Campbell University is tied for third place following Friday's second round of the NCAA Greensboro Regional men's golf championship at the Grandover Resort East Course. Guillaume followed Thursday's 70 with a one-under 71 and is tied with Blayne Barber (73-68) of Auburn at 3-under 141, four strokes behind individual leader Matt Schovee of SMU (67-70-137). Liberty's Robert Karlsson is second (70-69-139).
Guillaume had moved into a tie atop the leaderboard at 5-under when he eagled the par-5 second (his 11th hole of the day). Despite making bogey on two of his final seven holes, Guillaume stands two strokes ahead of Blake Biddle of UNLV (70-73-143) and Lamar's M.J. Daffue (70-73-143) heading into Saturday's final round on the par-72, 7271-yard Grandover East layout.
Guillaume made two birdies and made the turn at one-under par after he birdied the par-five 18th hole for the second-straight day. The Big South Conference Player of the Year has shot 70 or better in 16 of his 31 rounds this year, including a collegiate career-low 64 when he won last month's Wofford Coca-Cola Invitational, his fourth individual title of the season.
Only five players in the 75-man field, that includes 14 teams and five individuals, enter Saturday in red numbers. Guillaume will start the final round from the 10th tee at 9:50 a.m.
In Athens, Ga., both Jacobo Pastor and David Denlinger of Charleston Southern carded scores under par on the second 18 holes of competition on Friday at the 2012 NCAA Athens Regionals, held at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens.
With a start on the tenth hole, Pastor birdied hole 11 and shot par the rest of the way. After a bogey on the first hole, he redeemed himself with a birdie on hole two. He added another birdie on the eighth hole to shoot a 69, finishing two under on the day. He has moved into 20th place with a score of 74-69-143 for one over through 36 holes.
Also teeing off on the tenth hole, Denlinger started things off with birdies on holes 11 and 17. After making the turn, he bogeyed two of the first three before recording birdies on holes four, seven and eight to shoot a 69 on the day for two under par. He has moved from 68th place to 51st, carding two-round score of 78-69-147 two sit five over par.
Winthrop's Kamito Hirai made a big move up the leaderboard on Friday as he shot 3-under par 68 during the second round. That score propelled him from a tie for 64th place after his opening round into a tie for 26th place heading into Saturday's final round on the par 71, 7,253-yard hilly course layout.
Hirai played bogey free golf for the first 16 holes after his group teed off on Hole 10. Hirai wound up with four birdies and one bogey, which came on the No. 8 190-yard par 3. Until that hole, he had moved into a tie for 19th place among the 75-player field.
After posting a 3-under 68 Thursday, Coastal Carolina junior Sebastian Soderberg carded a 3-over 74 Friday to drop five spots into a tie for 15th with a two-day total of 142 at the 2012 NCAA Athens Regional.
Soderberg started on the back nine. After getting up and down for a par on 10, he landed his approach from the fairway to within three feet and tapped in for birdie on his second hole. On the 14th hole, his fifth on the day, his approach wet long. However, he nearly saved par but his 10-foot putt was wide. He got that stroke back on the par 3 16th, hitting a six iron off the tee to three feet and getting birdie. For the second day in a row, Soderberg posted a bogey on the 18th hole as he would make the turn at even par and still 3-under for the Regional.
Soderberg ran into some trouble on his second nine, getting bogeys on the first four holes. He got back on track with a pair of pars. Despite finding the sand on the 556-yard par 5, Soderberg stuck his sand shot to six feet to birdie his 16th hole. He would par the final two holes for his 3-over 74.
Players will tee off Saturday morning at the UGA Golf Course for the third and final round of action. Pastor and Soderberg will tee off of hole 10 at 9:20 a.m., with Denlinger following at 9:30 a.m. Hirai's tee time is set for 9:50am. Live scoring can be followed at www.Golfstat.com.
The top five teams and the low individual not on those squads will advance to the 2012 NCAA Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., played May 30-June 3 at the world famous Riviera Country Club.