Liberty's Isaiah Logue (Photo provided by Jeffrey A. Camarati/UNC Director of Photography)
Liberty's Isaiah Logue showed a marked improvement during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Chapel Hill Regional on Friday.
Logue, the 2015 Big South Men's Golf Freshman of the Year, posted an even par 72 during his second time around the UNC Finley Golf Course (par 72, 7,242 yards). His level-par score was six shots better than his opening round on Thursday.
The six-shot improvement allowed Logue to move nine spots up the leaderboard, as he enters tomorrow's final round of the NCAA Regional. He is currently tied for 60th place with a 6-over par 150 (78-72).
Logue is competing in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional as an individual. He is the fourth player in program history to be selected as an individual to an NCAA Regional field and the first since 2010 (Robert Karlsson and Max McKay).
The low individual from each of the six NCAA Regionals, not on one of the teams that advances to the NCAA Championship, will qualify to play for the individual national title. The 2015 NCAA Men's Golf National Championship will be conducted May 29 - June 3 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
The low individual not playing for one of the top five teams in the 13-team field is currently Western Carolina's J.T. Poston. The No. 52 ranked golfer in the country posted his second 4-under par 68 of the event and holds a one-shot lead with an 8-under par 136 (68-68).
Starting his round on the back nine at UNC's home course, Logue got off to a hot start, birdieing two of his first four holes.
A solid approach at the par-4, No. 11 hole (425 yards) left Logue eight feet below the hole and the rookie sank the putt to quickly get into red figures.
After nearly reaching the green in two at the par-5, No. 13 hole (564 yards), Logue chipped up to six feet of the cup and make his second birdie in three holes.
The freshman nearly made it three birdies in four holes at the par-3, No. 14 hole (165 yards), but his 24-foot uphill birdie try came up just short of finding the bottle of the cup.
Logue struggled at the par-4, No. 15 hole (469 yards) and dropped three shots with a triple bogey. His drive drifted left off the tee and his approach didn't clear the water, costing him two shots with a ball in the hazard.
The Fairfield, Pa., native's approach at No. 16 (par 4, 449 yards) sailed over the green at the member's No. 1 handicap hole. However, Logue was able to chip in to get one shot back.
Logue scrambled to save par at No. 17 (par 5, 560 yards) after missing his drive left off the tee. He punched out of the woods and was able to get up and down for par to remain even on the day.
Following a big drive at No. 2 (par 4, 355 yards), Logue left himself an eight foot uphill birdie try, but the putt lipped out and he remained level par on the day.
Logue posted a bogey on the lengthy par-3, No. 5 hole (224 yards) for the second day in a row. He found the front edge of the green, but missed a five-foot par putt to drop his last shot of the day.
The freshman quickly rebounded on the par-5, No. 6 hole (533 yards) with a birdie. He was long enough to reach the green in two, but missed to the left. Following a nice flop shot, Logue snaked in a 20-foot birdie try to get back to even on the day.
Logue finished the day hitting 10-of-14 fairways, 14-of-18 greens and with 30 total putts.
Scores were all around better on Friday, as the UNC Finley Golf Course played a half stroke easier during the second round (72.83).
No. 11 Stanford took advantage of the easier playing conditions, as they moved six spots up the leaderboard with a convincing 13-under 275. The Cardinal leads the 13-team field by one shot with an 11-under par 565 (290-275).
No. 50 Charlotte dropped one spot to second place with a 10-under par 566 (275-291), followed by No. 1 Florida State, who is in third place with a 6-under par 570 (284-286).
No. 24 Kennesaw State (287-286) and No. 37 Florida (281-292) share the coveted fourth place position with a 3-under par 573, rounding out the top five teams in the field.
Following tomorrow's final round of competition, the top five teams in each of the six NCAA Regionals will advance to the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship.
No. 36 Clemson (284-291) and tournament host No. 19 North Carolina (286-289) are two shots out of fifth place with a 1-under par 575.
A total of 21 players in the 75-man field remain under par following 36 holes of play. Stanford's Maverick McNealy, the No. 1 individually ranked golfer in the country, is in second place with a 7-under par 137 (70-67), trailing clubhouse leader Poston by a shot.
Florida State's Jack Maguire (70-69), who is ranked No. 7 in the country, and Belmont's Ashton Van Horne (68-71) are tied for third place with a 5-under par 139.
Logue will return to the UNC Finley Golf Course, tomorrow morning, for his third round of the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional. The freshman will be sent off the No. 10 tee (par 4, 444 yards) at 9:20 a.m., along with Miami of Ohio's Brantley Kushner and Mercer's Trey Rule.
Golfstat.com will once again provide live team and individual leaderboards during tomorrow's final round. @LUGameDay will be on the course providing more in-depth cover of Logue as he looks to conclude his first-ever NCAA Regional experience.
Photos provided by Jeffrey A. Camarati/UNC Director of Photography