, Muskogee, OK

May 18, 2013

Arkansas moves to top of regional leaderboard

Phoenix wire reports

— FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On a day when scores were high across the board, the Arkansas men’s golf team went low moving from fifth place as a team into the lead at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional on Friday.

The Razorbacks, the only team to shoot under par on Friday, shot a combined 5-under-par 283 on the par-72, 7,251-yard Blessings Golf Club as a team to take their team total to 3-under-par 573.  Illinois, who led after the first day, shot a 4-over-par 292 on Friday to finish 36 holes at 574, one stroke behind the Razorbacks.

Texas is at 7-over-par 583 as a team followed by Oklahoma State (+14) and No. 28 Kent State (+15). Tulsa sits tied for sixth with SMU at 595 heading into today’s final round with top five teams at the regional advance to the NCAA Championship.

“Our guys played great today,” Arkansas coach Brad McMakin said.  “Conditions and pin placements were tough today and that was reflected in the team scores.  We were able to make shots and stay out of trouble for the most part and avoid the big numbers that hurt us on Thursday.”

 Arkansas’ Austin Cook carded a bogey-free round of 4-under-par 68 to put himself in a three-way tie for first individually. Oklahoma State’s Ian Davis is the highest Cowboy, sitting in a tie for sixth at 1-under 143, same as Illinois’ Charlie Danielson. The top Hurricane on the leaderboard is Mark Mumford at 1-over 145, in a six-way tie for 11th. The top five individuals from a non-qualifying school also advance to the national championships.

NSU remains eighth

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Northeastern State women’s golf team dropped seven shots from Thursday’s second round but still remains in eighth place at the 2013 NCAA Division II Championships on the par-72, 6,228-yard Legends Course at LPGA International.

The RiverHawks posted a 324 to finish at 95-over-par 959 heading into today’s final round. No. 1 Nova Southeastern, the four-time defending champions and the only team in the field with a national title, remains on top in the team standings with a 17-over 881, one stroke ahead of No. 2 Lynn (18-over 882) and 13 shots clear of No. 6 Barry (30-over 894).

Seniors Whitney McAteer and Kelsey Kirkpatrick led the way for NSU, both shooting a 77. McAteer sits in 27th at 16-over 232 while Kirkpatrick is one shot behind McAteer 17-over 233, in a five-way tie for 28th. Freshman McCandren Lewis posted an 11-over 83 and has a three-day total of 244 (t-51) while sophomore Alex Koch shot an 87 and is tied for 60th (250) while freshman Kayla Schroeder is 69-over 285.

Linnea Johansson of Nova Southeastern tied for low round of the day with an even-par 72 to take over the lead in the individual standings at 1-under 215. Johansson is one stroke ahead of Nancy Vergars of Barry (even-par 216) and two shots clear of teammate Daniela Ortiz (1-over 217).

Northeastern State is making its seventh appearance in the national finals and the first since 2007. The seven appearances are tied for fifth-most in NCAA Division II history and are the most of any team participating at this year’s championships.

OU sits in seventh

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After carding a second-round 281 (-7), the Oklahoma men are in seventh place heading into today’s final round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional. The 54-hole tournament is being played at the 6,965-yard, par-72 Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Sooners sit at 11-under-par through the first 36 holes of competition, 16 strokes behind leader North Florida and just one stroke out of the top five. The low five teams and the low individual not on those five teams will advance to the NCAA Championship finals, slated for May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.

M.J. Maguire of North Florida shot a 4-under 68 for a two-day total of 133 and a one-shot lead over Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan and Florida State’s Chase Seifert. OU’s Abraham Ancer, who trailed by two strokes heading into Friday’s round, shot an even-par 72 and fell into a tie for 13th at 139 while teammate Michael Schoolcraft posted a 2-under 70 sits in 12th at 138.