Memphis Cards 302 in Second Round of NCAA Championship
May 30, 2012
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -Despite a strong start to the second round, the University of Memphis golf team carded a 302 on day two of the NCAA Championships and currently sits in a tie for 27th position. The Tigers climbed as high as 11th early in the second round with a strong start, but struggled on Riviera Country Club's back nine.
The Tigers got off to a strong start and found themselves 3-under-par early. Jonathan Fly went as low as 3-under-par for the day and was briefly tied for second on the individual leader board but finished the day a even par and in a tie for eighth. Steve Lee made six bogies and one birdie en route to his second-straight 76. He is tied for 104th place. Jack Belote made the turn at 2-over-par but finished with a 76 in the second round. Grant Milner (73-83) and Will Pearson (79-79) are in 138th and 145th, respectively.
Alabama extended its lead on the field with a 3-over-par 287 team score on Wednesday. The Bulldogs hold a four-shot lead over second-place UCLA (+8) and eight-shot lead over third-place Florida State (+12). Oklahoma and North Florida are tied at fourth with 36-hole team totals of 581 (+13).
Illinois' Thomas Pieters fired a 3-under-par 68 in the second round to open up a two-stroke lead in the individual competition. Anton Arboleda (UCLA) and Tyler McCumber (Florida) are tied for second at 3-under-par.
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This is the first appearance for Memphis in the NCAA Championships since 1988 when All-American Steve Metz led the Tigers. Memphis finished 28th that year.
Riviera Country Club is a par 71, 7,013-yard championship golf course located in the Pacific Palisades community within greater Los Angeles. The course has hosted the PGA Tour's Northern Trust Open (also known as the Los Angeles Open) in addition to the 1948 U.S. Open. Riveiera has also hosted the PGA Championship in 1983 and 1995.
30 teams - five from each of the six regional sites - will play 54 holes of stroke play at Riviera. At the end of the 54 holes, an individual champion will be crowned and only the top eight teams will advance to a match play playoff.
The eight teams will play a straight match play competition with the number one team after 54 holes of stroke play facing the number-eight team, number-seven will play number-two, number-six will play number-three and number-four will face number-five. The winners advance to the Final Four, then the two winners will play for the national championship on the final day.
Each match will be worth one point. A match that is tied after 18 holes will be awarded a half-point. If the team score is tied after the completion of all five matches, a playoff using the combined strokes of all five players from an extra hole will decide the winner. If there still is a tie, the playoff would continue to another hole until there is a winner.
This was the fourth appearance in NCAA postseason play for Memphis and the first time advancing to the NCAA Championships since moving to the regional format. Tigers finished tied for 20th at the 2008 NCAA East Regional at Council Fire Golf Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. Robbins was named 2008 C-USA Coach of the Year during that season. Last season, Memphis finished in 11th position at the NCAA Central-Indiana Regional.
Memphis' best accomplishment in the NCAA Championship came in 1955, when former Tiger Hillman Robbins won the Individual Title. Robbins led the 1954-55 Tigers to a 9-2 match record and was named as an alternate to the Walker Cup Team.
Augusta State won the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships, capturing its second consecutive national title. Augusta State defeated Georgia 3-2 in the final round of match play competition. At the end of three rounds of stroke play LSU's John Peterson shot a 5-under-par 211 to capture the individual title. The tournament was held at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla.