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Higher Scores Abound at Day Two at Regionals
Gustier winds and faster greens caused scores to be much higher during the second day's action at the 2010 NCAA New Haven Regional on Friday, which is being contested at The Course at Yale.
Liberty's Robert Karlsson (So., Kalmar, Sweden) and Max McKay (Fr., Jacksonville, Fla.), who are both competing in the event as individuals, were two of the 40-plus golfers who posted higher scores than during their opening rounds. By day's end, only 29 golfers in the 74-man field posted improved rounds to climb up the leaderboard and just 13 are in red figures.
Karlsson, who opened the day in third place at four-under par, posted a four-over par 74 and currently stands in a tie for 14th place with an ever-par 140.
McKay entered the day in a share of 18th place at even par and posted a two-over par 72 to fall to a six-way tie for 28th place at two-over par 142.
McKay had a rough start to his day. After teeing off from the No. 10 tee and posting back-to-back pars, the Big South Freshman of the Year had a stretch where he bogeyed three out of four holes to quickly fall back to plus-three through six holes.
However, the freshman nearly reached the par-5, No. 16 hole in two and after getting up and down from just off the front of the green, McKay was able post his first sub-par round.
McKay played solid golf during the next six holes, all carding pars, before he sank a 15-foot bending putt on the par-3, No. 5 hole to get back to one-over par. However, the rookie quickly gave the shot back on the next hole, as an errant tee shot, followed by an approach that missed to the right of the green left him with a five-shot bogey.
The freshman posted three-straight pars to close out his second round in his first NCAA collegiate postseason event to card a two-over par 72. On the day, McKay hit 8-of-14 fairways, 11-of-18 greens and finished with 32 total putts, including just one three putt on the par-3, No. 15 hole.
Like McKay, Karlsson struggled to find the same strokes he did on the opening day, as the Big South Golfer of the Year finished the day with a four-over par 74.
After bogeying his second and third holes, Karlsson was able to regroup a bit, but could only post one sub-par hole on the day, a birdie on No. 15, to fall 15 places down the leaderboard.
Karlsson and McKay, along with the rest of the field, are all chasing East Tennessee State's Rhys Enoch, as the No. 76 ranked golfer posted a two-under par 68 to climb up the leaderboard one spot to hold the clubhouse lead.
With a two-day, seven-under par 133 (65-68), Enoch holds a one-stroke edge over Penn State's Kevin Foley. Foley, who is ranked No. 47 posted his second three-under round of the tournament and stands with an aggregate six-under par 134.
Rounding out the top five are Texas' Cody Gribble (64-71), the day one leader, and Kent State's Kevin Miller (67-68), both who are at five-under par 135, followed by Texas' Lance Lopez, who is in fifth with a four-under par 136 (68-68).
No. 7 Texas (274-281) and Kent State (277-278) are the only two teams in the 14-team field that are in red numbers following the second day's action. Both are at five-under par 555, with Kent State posting the low team round of the day at two-under par 278.
Rounding out the Top 5 teams on the scoreboard at Penn State, who is in third with an even par 560 (277-283), No. 6 UCLA, who is in fourth with a three-over par 563 (282-281) and No. 19 Virginia, who is in fifth place with a five-over par 565.
Karlsson and McKay, along with the other 72 remaining players, will return to The Course at Yale tomorrow morning for the final rounds of the three-day NCAA New Haven Regional.
The top five teams at the NCAA New Haven Regional, along with the top individual not among the top five squads, will advance to the NCAA National Championship in Chattanooga, Tenn., on June 1-6.
McKay is scheduled to go off the No. 10 tee, an uphill par 4 that measures 396 yards in length, at 9:30 a.m. Karlsson will follow McKay 10 minutes later in the next group, in the second to last group to head off the back nine on Saturday.
As it has done the first two days of the NCAA New Haven Regional, LibertyFlames.com will be out on the course following Liberty's golfers at this year's NCAA Men's Golf Regional. On Saturday, the web site will be following Liberty's lead golfer, Karlsson, throughout his 18 holes of action, posting hole-by-hole updates on the LibertyFlames Twitter page.