AUBURN, Ala. – The UNCG men’s golf team continued its strong play at the NCAA Regional Friday, posting an 8-over par 296 in round two, sitting in seventh place overall after 36 holes of the 54-hole event at the Auburn University Club. The top five teams in the regionals will advance to the NCAA Tournament and the Spartans are just one shot out of the coveted fifth-place position. The third and final round will be held Saturday with UNCG set for tee times between 7:30-8:10 a.m. off of tee No. 10. Hole-by-hole live scoring of the final round will be available via www.golfstatresults.com.
Defending national champion and current No. 1 Alabama continued its dominant play, owning a 15-stroke lead after two days with a 5-under par 571 (287-284). Host and No. 23 Auburn is second at 10-over par 586 (294-292) while No. 37 Kennesaw State is third at 12-over par 588 (297-291).
Six teams are within five strokes of each other in places four through nine with No. 12 Virginia Tech holding fourth place with a 592 (301-291). No. 13 Texas and No. 36 BYU are currently tied for fifth overall at 593 while the Spartans are in seventh at 594. No. 48 Colorado is eighth at 595 while No. 25 is ninth overall with a 597 score. Kelby Burton of Kennesaw State and Cory Whitsett are tied for the individual lead at 4-under par 140, while only seven players total are under par after 36 holes.
Freshman Jake McGlone (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) rebounded from a tough first round to card the Spartans’ lowest score of the day at 1-under par 71. McGlone was solid all day long, posting 11 parts and four birdies, including three birdies on the final nine holes. He currently sits in a tie for 33rd place overall with a 6-over par 150 (79-71).
Sophomore Taylor Coalson (Dobson, N.C./North Surry) is the Spartans’ top player on the leader board in 13th place overall. Coalson is 2-over par 146 through the first two days after a 71 Thursday and a 3-over par 75 Friday. Junior Roy Dixon (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) is in 16th place after two rounds with a 3-over par 147 as he posted a 72 in round one and a 75 in round two as he hit four birdies Friday, including two on the last three holes.
Freshman Carter Jenkins (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) is tied for 41st place with an 8-over par 152 (77-75) while sophomore Luke Haithcock (Burlington, N.C./Williams) rounds out the lineup with a 13-over par 157 (78-79).
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals. The finals will be conducted May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas with Wichita State acting as the host institution.
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