STOCKTON, Calif. – The No. 11 seed UNCG men’s golf team moved two spots up in the NCAA Stockton, California Regional into a tie for eighth place with No. 1 LSU following the second round at even-par 576 after turning in a team score of 5-under 283 on Tuesday at the par-72, 7,239-yard The Reserve at Spanos Park. The Spartans tied for the 4th-best score on the day in the 13-team regional.
No. 2 Alabama (282-280) and No. 10 Iowa State (278-284) lead the way at 14-under 562, and No. 8 Kansas (281-282) is one stroke behind for third place. No. 3 Stanford sits in fourth place at 8-under 568 (285-283) with No. 6 TCU (283-286) one stroke behind for fifth place. The top-five teams and the top individual in each region will advance to the national championships to be played May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
No. 5 Oregon (289-283) and No. 7 Colorado (290-282) are tied for sixth-place at 4-under 572. No. 4 USC (295-284) is three strokes behind UNCG and LSU. No. 9 Kennesaw State (6-over 582), No. 12 UC Irvine (7-over 583) and No. 13 North Dakota State (16-over 592) round out the bottom three.
Bryce Hendrix tied for the fifth best score of the day with a 4-under 68 and is tied for 21st place at 1-under 143. Hendrix didn’t bogey a single hole, and all four birdies came on the back-nine. Josh Stockwell (71-73) is one stroke behind for a tie for 26th place.
Nick Lyerly was the only other Spartan than Hendrix to register a below-par score in the second round with a 2-under 70. Lyerly was 1-under 35 on the back-nine and had an eagle on hole six. He is tied for 34th place at 1-over 145.
Jonathan Brightwell is tied for 58th place at 4-over 148 (72-76), and Joseph Cansler is in 68th place three strokes behind. After starting the round with a 3-over 39 on the back-nine, Cansler had four birdies on the front nine, including three of the last four holes, for an even-par 72.
UNCG will play the final round on Wednesday in a threesome with Colorado and LSU starting at 8:25 a.m. PT. on hole 1. Cansler will start things off for the Spartans, and Brightwell, Lyerly, Stockwell and Hendrix will tee off every 11 minutes after. Live stats can be found at golfstatresults.com.
Golf Channel will feature expanded coverage of the final day of the regional championships. It will begin with Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily lifestyle news show, and continue hourly throughout the day via live Golf Central news updates from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. ET that will be published to Golf Channel Digital and Golf Channel’s social media handles. Coverage will conclude with live news segments, featuring highlights and interviews, announcing the teams and individuals who qualified for the women’s and men’s national championships.
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