LSU's Smylie Kaufman
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Kaufman Leads Men's Golf on Day 2 of NCAA's
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Published: May 29, 2013, 10:24 PM (CT)

ATLANTA, Ga. – Led by a season-low round of 2-under par 68 by junior Smylie Kaufman and matching rounds of even-par 70 by sophomores Stewart Jolly and Curtis Thompson, 17th-ranked LSU ended Wednesday’s second round in 17th place at the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships being held at Atlanta’s Capital City Club.

Kaufman bested his previous best round this season of 1-under 71 to pace the Tigers to a team round of 2-over par 282 as they wrapped up the day in 17th place at 7-over par 567 for the championship.

More importantly, the Tigers find themselves seven shots outside the Top 8 of the team standings as the eight best teams after 54 holes of stroke play will earn the right to compete in the single-elimination match play tournament for the national championship beginning Friday at Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course.

After firing its second-straight team score of 6-under 274, tournament host Georgia Tech has taken over the top spot in the race for the No. 1 seed in match play with its 36-hole tally of 12-under par 548. California trails in second place at 11-under 549, including Wednesday’s 8-under 272, followed by Texas in third at 10-under 550, Alabama in fourth at 9-under 551 and Arkansas and Illinois in a tie for fifth at 3-under 557.

Rounding out the Top 8 of the team standings after 36 holes are Arizona State in seventh place at 2-under par 558 and Texas A&M in eighth place at even-par 560 for the championship.

The Tigers will tee off facing a seven-shot deficit in their race to crack the Top 8 after following a 5-over par 285 in the first round with a 2-over par 287 in the second round for a 36-hole team score of 7-over par 567.

Kaufman turned around his fortunes from a 7-over 77 in Tuesday’s opener with a season-low 2-under 68 during Wednesday’s action, highlighted by an eagle 2 on the par-four fifth hole while firing his second shot from the fairway and into the cup. It was the second-straight day in which an LSU Tiger holed out with an iron in his hands as freshman Zach Wright aced the par-three 15th hole to highlight Tuesday’s action.

After teeing off on the back nine Wednesday morning, Kaufman made bogey at the par-four 10th and par-four 14th holes, before making the turn at 2-over par for his round. But a birdie at the par-four second, an eagle at the par-four fifth and a birdie at the par-four seventh capped a bogey-free front nine en route to a team-leading 2-under 68 on the day.

While leading the Tigers to a team score of 2-over par 282, Kaufman eclipsed his previous best score this season of 1-under par 71 set in the second round at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate in LSU’s spring opener. It was an effort that moved him into a tie for 97th place in the individual standings with a 36-hole score of 5-over par 145.

Kaufman was joined in the clubhouse by Jolly and Thompson as each fired matching rounds of even-par 70 in the second round, while Wright and junior Andrew Presley added scores of 4-over 74 on the afternoon.

Jolly and Wright are the top Tigers through two rounds in their NCAA Championships debut while tying one another for 58th place overall with their scores of 2-over par 142 at the Crabapple Course. Thompson wrapped up the day in a tie for 72nd place at 3-over 143, while Presley ended his round in a tie for 113th place at 6-over 146 for the championship.

Arizona State’s Jon Rahm couldn’t duplicate his magic from Tuesday when he opened the championship with a competitive course record of 9-under par 61 to take an early four-stroke lead in the individual race, but he did manage a 2-over par 72 on Wednesday for a 36-hole score of 7-under 133 to hold onto a narrow one-shot lead over Central Florida’s Greg Eason and Arkansas’ Nicolas Echavarria.

This year’s NCAA individual champion will be crowned following the conclusion of Thursday’s final round that will complete 54 holes of stroke play at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course.

The Tigers are paired with Coastal Carolina and New Mexico in Thursday’s final round of stroke play at the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships as the teams will tee off from the front nine beginning at 7:20 a.m. CT. Live scoring of the remainder of this year’s NCAA Championships can be found online at www.NCAA.com.

NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS – SECOND ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 560)
1. Georgia Tech 274-274 – 548 -12; 2. California 277-272 – 549 -11; 3. Texas 279-271 – 550 -10; 4. Alabama 275-276 – 551 -9; T5. Arkansas 286-271 – 557 -3; T5. Illinois 276-281 – 557 -3; 7. Arizona State 270-288 – 558 -2; 8. Texas A&M 285-275 – 560 E; 9. Central Florida 287-274 – 561 +1; 10. Oklahoma 278-284 – 562 +2; T11. Tennessee 286-277 – 563 +3; T11. North Florida 281-282 – 563 +3; T13. Washington 281-283 – 564 +4; T13. Florida State 287-277 – 564 +4; T15. TCU 294-272 – 566 +6; T15. New Mexico 292-274 – 566 +6; 17. LSU 285-282 – 567 +7; 18. Coastal Carolina 293-275 – 568 +8; T19. Georgia 286-283 – 569 +9; T19. Southern California 291-278 – 569 +9; T21. UCLA 289-281 – 570 +10; T21. UNLV 286-284 – 570 +10; T23. Auburn 292-279 – 571 +11; T23. Texas Tech 288-283 – 571 +11; 25. Oklahoma State 279-293 – 572 +12; 26. Florida 291-283 – 574 +14; 27. Kent State 282-293 – 575 +15; 28. Ball State 290-289 – 579 +19; 29. St. Mary’s (CA) 287-294 – 581 +21; 30. South Carolina 286-296 – 582 +22.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 140)
1. Jon Rahm, Arizona State, 61-72 – 133 -7; T2. Greg Eason, Central Florida, 68-66 – 134 -6; T2. Nicolas Echavarria, Arkansas, 70-64 – 134 -6; T4. Brandon Hagy, California, 66-69 – 135 -5;  T4. Max Homa, California, 70-65 – 135 -5; T4. Rick Lamb, Tennessee, 68-67 – 135 -5; T4. Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech, 67-68 – 135 -5; T4. Justin Thomas, Alabama, 67-68 – 135 -5; T9. Anders Albertson, Georgia Tech, 69-67 – 136 -4; T9. Daniel Berger, Florida State, 69-67 – 136 -4; T9. Charlie Danielson, Illinois, 70-66 – 136 -4; T9. Kevin Penner, UNLV, 69-67 – 136 -4; T9. Thomas Pieters, Illinois, 68-68 – 136 -4; T9. Brandon Stone, Texas, 68-68 – 136 -4; T9. Julio Vegas, Texas, 68-68 – 136 -4.

LSU SCORES
T58. Stewart Jolly, 72-70 – 142 +2
T58. Zach Wright, 68-74 – 142 +2
T72. Curtis Thompson, 73-70 – 143 +3
T97. Smylie Kaufman, 77-68 – 145 +5
T113. Andrew Presley, 72-74 – 146 +6

 

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