College Golf

Phillips leads Bryan Regional, USC slips back, Tigers stay 4th

The Gamecocks dropped back to sixth place from second while the Tigers held on to fourth place in their Regional going into the final round on Wednesday.

The top five teams at the six Regional sites and top individuals will advance to the NCAA Finals at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona starting on May 27th.

Georgia’s Phillips tied for the lead in Texas

Georgia’s Trent Phillips, from Inman, shares the individual lead at the NCAA Bryan, TX Regional.

Phillips shot a second round 2-under par 70 to be in a three-way tie for the lead with William Paysse from Texas A&M and Christian Banke from Arizona.

The Bulldogs are second in the team standings with a nine stroke margin between their position and the fifth and final position to advance to the NCAA Championship.

Scores from the Bryan Regional

Gamecocks tumble out of the top five in Norman

South Carolina’s second round was 17 shots worse than their first, but a very tight leader board sent the Gamecocks from the second spot in the Norman Regional to the sixth.

“It was a tough day for the team, but we will have a good chance tomorrow to make it right,” said Gamecock coach Bill MacDonald. “This team has been resilient all spring, and handling a little adversity is maybe the kick in the pants they need to get their attention and focus,” said the coach.

Gamecock freshman Nathan Franks has shot two even par rounds and is tied for 19th at the Norman Regional. (USC Photo)

USC is just 1-shot out of the fifth spot to earn a trip to the NCAA Finals later this month.

The Gamecocks trail Utah by a shot and have an 8 shot lead over the seventh place team from Louisville.

Freshman Gene Zeigler, who shot a first round 66, ballooned to an 80 in the second round and now is tied for 28th.

Zeigler wasn’t alone in his second day struggles. The Gamecocks top golfer, Ryan Hall, carded a 5-over par 77 and now is tied for 33rd.

The bright spot for the Gamecocks was the second good round for red-shirt senior Evans Lewis. The transfer from North Greenville shot a second round 71 and is tied for eighth place.

Nathan Franks, the freshman from Dorman High School in Spartanburg, contributed his second even par round of 72 to be tied for 19th.

“Evans (Lewis) and Nate (Franks) played well, but it’s going to take a total team effort in the final round.,” added McDonald.

Scores from the Norman Regional

Tigers hold on to fourth place in Columbus

Clemson’s Colby Patton shot the best round for a Tiger so far when he carded a 2-under pr 69 in the second round of the Regional in Columbus. (Clemson Photo)

Colby Patton posted the best score by a Clemson golfer, so far, in the Columbus Regional.

The senior shot a 2-under par 69 on the difficult Scarlett Course at Ohio State. Patton jumped up 32 spots in the individual standings. He is now tied for 31st.

Kyle Cottam moved up four spots to 10th place with a 1-under par 70.

“Colby has been coming back after a slow start to tournaments all year and we saw that today,” said Clemson coach Jordan Byrd. “He improved by eight shots over yesterday and just played solid all day. Kyle Cotam’s 33 on the font nine (his second nine) was outstanding,” the coach said.

ACC Champion Jacob Bridgeman shot his second straight 1-over par 72 to be tied for 20th going into the final round.

” We have gotten to this point with Jacob Bridgeman not going low, I am going to bet he has an outstanding round tomorrow. He has been so close,” said the Clemson coach.

Georgia Tech made the biggest move of the regional posting a 13-under par round of 271 and is now tied for first with Oklahoma State.

The host team from Ohio State also gained ground moving past Clemson into third place, one-shot in front of the Tigers.

Clemson has a one-shot advantage over East Tennessee with Arkansas and San Francisco tied for sixth place 3-shots behind the Tigers.

“Tomorrow will be an exciting day because so many teams have a chance to make the top-five and qualify for the national tournament. We have hung in there through the first 36 holes and I am proud of our guys,” said Byrd.

Charleston golfer leads Palm Beach Regional

Kieron van Wyk has the individual lead at the Regional being played at the PGA National – Champions course.

The Cougar golfer has shot two 3-under par rounds of 69 to hold a one-shot lead in the individual standings.

van Wyk’s play has helped the Cougars move into fifth place behind Vanderbilt, FSU, Florida State and South Florida.

The Cougars have a two-shot lead over Notre Dame for the final spot to advance to the National Championship.

Charleston Southern is now 13th in the Regional.

Big South individual champion Zach Byers from Gardner Webb is now 2-under par for the tournament after shooting a 70 in the second round.

Byers, playing as an individual, is competing for a trip to the NCAA Finals as the top golfer not on an advancing team.

Furman’s Ross Funderburke shot a 1-over par 73 to be in a tie for 26th place going into the final round.

Scores from the Palm Beach Regional

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