Anderson Close to Qualifying for NCAA Golf Championships
May 18, 2012
Josh Anderson put himself in prime position to move on to the NCAA Championships, as a 5-under 65 put him into a tie for second place after Friday's second round of the NCAA West Regional at Stanford.
In order to move on to the NCAA Championships (May 29-31 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.), either Anderson or teammate Johnny Mac Arthur will need to be the low individual at the regional aside from the players on the five teams that will qualify.
Heading into Saturday's final round at the par-70 Stanford Golf Course, both Anderson and Zachary Blair of BYU have an 8-under 132. Both players only trail the leader, California's Michael Kim, by one stroke. But because the Golden Bears are leading the team competition, Anderson and Blair are the top candidates for the individual slot after two rounds.
As it stands now, the next-best individual not among the top five teams is at 4-under.
Anderson (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS), a senior, had his second-best round of the season on Friday. After starting on the 10th tee, he was 1-over after five holes, then birdied the 15th and eagled the par-5 16th. A bogey on 17 dropped him back to 1-under, but another birdie on 18 put him at 2-under at the turn. On the front nine, Anderson posted three more birdies and made no mistakes.
A score of 8-under ties the 10th-best score after 36 holes in Pepperdine history.
Anderson and Blair will be part of the final group that goes off the 10th hole at 10:04 a.m. on Saturday.
Anderson has done well during the second round of NCAA Regional play throughout his career. Last year he had a 6-under 65 in the second round of the NCAA Southwest Regional in Tucson, Ariz. In 2010 he had a 1-under 71 in Bryan, Texas, and in 2009 he had an even-par 72 in Stillwater, Okla. (his best round of the tournament).
Mac Arthur (Newall, Calif./Hart HS), a junior, also continued to play good golf with an even-par 70. But with many golfers shooting below par on Friday, he dropped from a tie for seventh place at the start of the round down to a tie for 17th place with a 2-under 138 (68-70). Mac Arthur's round consisted of 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey.
The top five teams that would currently advance are California, San Diego State, Stanford, UAB and Tennessee.
Pepperdine has sent individuals to the NCAA Championships on six previous occasions, with the last time in 2008 (Eric Shriver).
Team Scores: 1. California 276-270=546; 2. San Diego State 282-265=547; T3. Stanford 277-275=552; T3. UAB 278-274=552; 5. Tennessee 280-273=553; 6. San Francisco 273-281=554; 7. Oregon State 287-269=556; 8. UCF 278-279=557; 9. Wichita State 278-285=563; 10. LSU 282-283=565; 11. San Jose State 287-280=567; 12. UC Davis 293-280=573; 13. Southeastern Louisiana 287-289=576.
Top Individuals: 1. Michael Kim (California) 67-64=131; T2. * Josh Anderson (Pepperdine) 67-65=132; T2. * Zachary Blair (BYU) 66-66=132; T3. Brandon Hagy (California) 67-66=133; T3. J.J. Spaun (San Diego State) 70-63=133.
Other Pepperdine Scores: T17. * Johnny Mac Arthur 68-70=138.
* playing as an individual