Men's Golf Through Two Rounds at NCAA Championships
June 1, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - A pair of seniors - Andrew Putnam and Andrew Widmar - led Pepperdine during the second round of the NCAA Men's Golf Championships on Wednesday, but the ultra-tough Karsten Creek Golf Course continued to play havoc with the Waves' scores.
A day after shooting 21-over, the Waves went 22-over and are in 29th place out of 30 teams with a total of 619 (309-310). They'll finish the tournament on Thursday when they tee off at 7 a.m. CT with North Carolina State and Colorado State. The top eight teams advance to match play beginning on Friday.
"If we finish on the right foot tomorrow, we'll feel better," Pepperdine Coach John Geiberger said. "We're disappointed, but if we can have a good round tomorrow and move up, we'll feel better than where we are right now, which is not playing good for two days on a tough course. We need all five guys to show up and play well. We're much better than this."
Both Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) and Widmar (El Paso, Texas/Cathedral HS) shot 3-over 75s on Wednesday.
Putnam leads the Waves, as he's tied for 78th place with an 8-over 152 (77-75). He had three birdies during his round, including one on the 18th hole to finish on a strong note.
Junior Josh Anderson (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) is tied for 93rd place at 154 (74-80). Anderson birdied the par-4 16th hole for the second day in a row.
Widmar moved up 23 spots thanks to a five-stroke improvement in his second round and he is tied for 105th place at 155 (80-75). Though he didn't have any birdies today, he started the second round with 13 consecutive pars.
Freshman Parker Page (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) is tied for 130th place at 159 (78-81) and sophomore Johnny Mac Arthur (Newhall, Calif./Hart HS) is tied for 139th place at 161 (81-80). Mac Arthur shared the team high with three birdies on Wednesday, while Page had one.
Each of the Waves' players are making their NCAA Championships debuts, as Pepperdine is making its first appearance at the finals since 2006 and its eighth overall.
Only one school played the second round better than par (Illinois). The top of the team standings features Georgia Tech (573), UCLA (574) and Illinois (578).
Team Scores: 1. Georgia Tech 283-290=573; 2. UCLA 286-288=574; 3. Illinois 291-287=578; 4. Georgia 291-288=579; 5. Alabama 288-292=580; 6. Oklahoma State 292-293=585; 7. Augusta State 294-294=588; T8. Texas A&M 289-301=590; T8. Ohio State 291-299=590; 10. USC 303-289=592; 11. Arkansas 296-298=594; T12. Duke 303-293=598; T12. Arizona State 303-293=596; T12. Iowa 304-292=596; T12. San Diego State 295-301=596; T16. Florida 300-299=599; T16. California 300-299=599; T16. Michigan 307-292=599; T16. Texas 299-301=600; T16. LSU 306-294=600; 21. Northwestern 306-296=302; 22. San Diego 300-304=604; 23. Kent State 304-302=606; T24. Tennessee 308-299=607; T24. Kennesaw State 295-312=607; 26. Arizona 302-310=612; 27. Oklahoma 313-304=617; 28. North Carolina State 310-308=618; 29. Pepperdine 309-310=619; 30. Colorado State 307-322=629.
Top Individuals: 1. John Peterson (LSU) 74-65=139; 2. James White (Georgia Tech) 67-73=140; T3. Patrick Cantlay (UCLA) 72-69=141; T3. Harris English (Georgia) 70-71=141; T3. Luke Guthrie (Illinois) 72-69=141.