College Golf

Oklahoma moves to the top, Phillips makes an Ace

The top ranked team in the country going into the NCAA finals played like the number one team in the country shooting the best round of the championship, so far.

Georgia’s Trent Phillips, from Inman, made a hole-in-one during his second round, but it only offset a couple of big numbers on his scorecard.

Georgia's Trent Phillips made a hole-in-one, but lost some ground as Oklahoma moved to the top of the standings after the second round.
Top-ranked Oklahoma took over the lead in the second round of the NCAA Championship at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Sooners shot a 5-under par 275 to move past Vanderbilt and take the lead. (Twitter Photo)

The Oklahoma team shot a 5-under par 275 to move up to the lead after the second round of the championship.

The top of the second round leader board was stacked with only the elite teams occupying the top six spots.

After top ranked Oklahoma, #3 Vanderbilt was second, followed by #2 Oklahoma State in third, followed by #5 North Carolina in fourth, followed by the defending champions #6 Pepperdine in fifth.

The only team missing from the top-6 was #4 Arizona State and the Sun Devils were not far behind in 8th.

#15 Georgia gained some ground moving into a tie for tenth place. The Bulldogs need to stay in the top-15 in order to play the final round and attempt to move into the top eight to advance to the Match Play championship.

The Bulldogs are 3-shots above the 15th place teams.

Georgia’s Phillips had a hole-in-one, but also carded a pair of double bogeys and dropped back two spots into a tie for 18th.

The Georgia senior made his ace on the 230 yard 13th hole. He used a 6-iron to record his second ever hole-in-one.

However, the double bogeys came on his ninth and eighteenth holes and even with the hole-in-one Phillips lost two shots.

His three birdies and three bogeys left him at 2-over par 72 for the day and 3-over par for the tournament.

South Carolina’s Evans Lewis and Gamecock coach Bill McDonald line up a putt at the NCAA Championship. (Gamecock Photo)

NCAA Championship second round scores

South Carolina’s Evans Lewis shaved 1-shot off his first round total to shoot a 75 and move up six places into a tie for 75th.

Lewis would have to play an incredible round to move up into the top-9 individuals not on one of the 15 teams above the cut line to play the final 18 holes.

The College of Charleston had one of those days you hope nobody noticed.

The Cougars finished the second round last in the 30 team field shooting 33-over par for the day.

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