, Muskogee, OK

May 30, 2013

State teams slide but Arkansas in thick

Phoenix staff, wire report

— MILTON, Ga. — Anders Albertson shot a 3-under 67 on Wednesday to help Georgia Tech top the team leaderboard in the NCAA tournament, and Arizona State freshman Jon Rahm followed his opening 61 with a 72 to remain in front with one round left in the individual competition.

Georgia Tech had its second straight 6-under 274 to reach 12 under on the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course. California was a stroke back, and defending champion Texas followed at 10 under.

Alabama was fourth in the team standings at 9 under, followed by Arkansas and Illinois at 3 under, first-round leader Arizona State at 2 under and Texas A&M at even par.

Six schools were within four strokes of eighth place, including UCF at 1 over, and 10th-place Oklahoma at 2 over. The top eight schools after the third round today will advance to team match play.

Rahm had a 7-under 133 total for a one-stroke lead over Arkansas’ Nicolas Echavarria and UCF’s Greg Eason. Echavarria had a 64, and Eason shot 66.

Backing up Echavarria for Arkansas, Sebastian Cappelen’s 67 has him at 3-under 137. Austin Cook (70—143), Taylor Moore (70—144) and Thomas Sorenson (72—145) round out the Razorbacks’ scores.

Freshman Beau Titsworth carried OU on Wednesday, firing a career-low 66 to bring his two-round total to 2-under 138. He recorded five birdies on the day and is tied for 24th place out of 156 competitors. The Sooners’ 284 puts them at  562.

Michael Schoolcraft’s 69 put him at 1 over for the tournament. The disastrous day belonged to Abraham Ancer, who  slid off the leaderboard when he fell 12 strokes to a 77 and is at 2-over 147. Charlie Saxon lost five strokes off his opening round with a 74 and Will Kropp again shot his second 75.

Three Oklahoma State golfers lost strokes in the second round. The Cowboys shot 293 and are at 566, 25th overall.

Ian Davis shot 70 and is at 3-under 137 for the tournament. Talor Gooch, who matched Davis’ 76 on Tuesday, shot 76 and is at 136. Jordan Neibrugge (74—145), Kevin Dougherty (74—148) and Patrick Winther (75—153) round out the Cowboys’ scores.