After two rounds played at the NCAA Tucson Regional on the Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Ariz., Matt Lutz is tied for fifth and has guided the Highlanders to a tie for seventh place with one round remaining.
Stanford has a commanding 15-stroke lead over second place Oregon with a two-round score of 558. The Ducks own a 3-under 573 and one stroke back in third is UAB. North Florida sits fourth with even-par 576 and is followed by California with a total of 580.
The top five teams and the top individual not on a top five team will advance to NCAA Championships May 27-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.
Entering day two atop the leaderboard, Lutz shot a 3-over par 75 to land himself in a tie for 5th with a two-day score of 141. He enters the final round as the top individual in the field not on a top five team. He began today’s round with six straight pars, before bogeying two of the final three holes on the front nine. After a bogey on the par-3 15th, Lutz made par on 16 and birdied 17 and 18 to finish the day 3-over.
Sam Gillis had the team low round of the day with a1-over 73 in a round that contained a front nine with two bogeys and two birdies, followed by an eagle on 11, then a double on 12. Michael Wong shot his second straight 3-over 75 and is currently tied for 41st with a score of 150. Andrew Spilman carded 152 over the past two days to tie for 45th, while Brandon Tsujimoto shaved six shots off his opening round total with a 74 and sits tied for 60th with a score of 154.
UC Santa Barbara’s Brandon Bauman shot a 5-over par 77 in the second round of the regional and is now at 2-over par 146 and tied for 23rd with one round to go. The sophomore from Las Vegas, Nev., who was tied for seventh at 3-under par after the first round, started his round on the 10th-hole and was solid over the first nine at 1-under par 35. On his second nine, which was actually the course’s front nine, Bauman struggled as he carded a 6-over par 42. He recorded bogeys on the first, second and ninth holes, but it was a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 sixth that really cost him.
Long Beach State senior Daniel Chian carded a 77 on day two and is currently tied for 34th place. Chian fell 19 spots in the standings after tying for 15th in Monday’s opening round. The Covina, Calif., native started the day from the par-four 10th, as he would birdie the 11th to go one-under through his first four holes. Chian would double-bogey the 14th and bogey on the 16th and 18th holes to go three-over. After making the turn onto the front-nine, Chian registered eight consecutive pars before closing out the round with his second double-bogey.
The Highlanders tee off the final round at 7:00 a.m. from the 10th tee.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments are being conducted May 16-18 to determine the championships field. Thirteen teams and ten individuals not on those teams are competing at each of three regionals while the other three regionals have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition and all national championships policies apply. The other five regional sites include Tuscaloosa, Ala., Kohler, Wis., Albuquerque, N.M., Stillwater, Okla., and Nashville, Tenn.