Tulsa Golfers Only Two Strokes From Top-5 at NCAA Greensboro Regional
May 18, 2012
Greensboro, NC - After two rounds at the NCAA Greensboro Regional, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane sit in seventh place with a score of 590 and is just two strokes off fifth-place, which is needed following tomorrow's third round to qualify for the NCAA Championship Finals.
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA championship finals after Saturday's 18 holes.
On Friday, Tulsa carded a round of 297 at the par-72 Grandover Resort East Course and fell from third to seventh place. Liberty continues to lead the 14-team field with a 576 total, while SMU is second at 582. There are just six strokes that separate teams three through nine after the first 36 holes.
Florida (586), Auburn and Lamar (588), Texas Tech (589), Tulsa (590), Indiana (591) and Duke (592) round out the top-nine teams.
Tulsa sophomore John Young Kim carded a score of 75 today after opening with a score 69 on Thursday. Kim is in seventh place with an even-par score 144. Freshman Matt Mabrey hit a two-over par round of 74 and is in 18th place with a total score of 147. Mabrey had a good start to the round with birdies on holes one and two. After a bogey on the par-4 fourth hole, he eagled the par-5 sixth hole and ended the front nine with a three-under par score. Mabrey ran into trouble at the start of the back nine with a bogey on the par-4 10th, double bogey on the par-4 11th hole and a score of nine on the par-5 13th hole. He regrouped a hole later with a birdie on the par-4 14th hole and played even-par the remaining four holes.
Junior Chris Worrell is in 41st place with as score of 151, while fellow junior Mark Mumford and freshman Colton Staggs are tied for 45th place with scores of 152. Staggs turned in the best round of the day for the Hurricane with a score of 73. He was one-over par after his first nine holes, then bogeyed three times and birdied three times on the back nine to finish with his one-over par score.
Four Tulsa golfers ended the day with birdies on the par-5 18th hole, including Mumford, Staggs, Worrell and Kim.
Individually, SMU's Matt Schovee continues to lead the field with a seven-under par 137, two strokes ahead of Robert Karalsson of Liberty.
The top-5 teams after Saturday's final round will advance to the NCAA championship finals. The championship finals will be held May 29-June 3 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California and is hosed the University of Southern California.
Team Results 1. Liberty 283-293=576 2. SMU 288-294=582 3. Florida 299-287=586 T4. Auburn 296-292=588 T4. Lamar 295-293=588 6. Texas Tech 294-295=589 7. Tulsa 293-297=590 8. Indiana 298-293=591 9. Duke 301-291=592 10. UNLV 293-304=597 11. UL-Lafayette 295-305=600 12. Charlotte 303-304=607 13. Geo. Washington 312-310=622 14. Mount St. Mary 311-317=628
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