Tigers Post 297 in Second Round of NCAA Central-Indiana Regional
May 20, 2011
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - The University of Memphis golf team carded a 297 (+13) in the second round of the NCAA Central-Indiana Regional and is in 10th position with one round of competition to play.
"We struggled to get anything going out there today," Memphis head coach Grant Robbins said. "The course is set up extremely difficult, and we just need to be patient."
Jack Belote, who was tied for the lead after an opening-round 68, carded a one-over-par 72 in the second round and is now tied for sixth position. Starting on the 10th-hole for the second-straight day, Belote posted a one-over-par 37 on Wolf Run Golf Course's challenging final nine and an even-par 35 on the front side.
Jonathan Fly, Grant Milner, Steve Lee, and Lexus Keoninh all carded 75's in the second round. Fly had an up-and-down round, turning in five bogeys, three birdies and a double-bogey en route to a 36-hole total of 146 and a share of 26th position individually.
Milner was two-over on the day, but a double-bogey on the ninth--his final hole--left him with a 36-hole mark of 150 and a tie of 43rd place. Lee and Keoninh are tied for 55th position after scores of 78-75 in the first two rounds.
Memphis' second-round 297 gives it a 36-hole team total of 589 (+21), and the Tigers are 13 strokes behind fifth-place Stanford. The five teams with lowest 54-hole totals will advance to the NCAA Championships on May 31-June 5 in Stillwater, Okla.
"Our goal tomorrow is to go out there tomorrow an post an under-par round and see what happens," Robbins said. "We just need to believe."
Belote is three strokes back of individual leader Scott Langley (-5), who helped lead Illinois to a share of the 36-hole lead with Alabama. Chris Brant (Iowa), Bud Cauley (Alabama), Joey Garber (Michigan) and Garrick Porteous (Tennessee) are all two strokes back in second at three-under-par, 137. The lowest individual who is not a member of one of the five teams advancing will also receive an invitation to the NCAA Championships.
Alabama (278-284--562) carded a team score of 284 in the second round to make up the one stroke it surrendered to the Illini in the first round and is tied with Illinois (277-285-562) for the lead with one round to play. Michigan (278-288--566), Iowa (285-289--574) and Stanford (284-292--576) round out the top five.