May 17, 2013
Starting the day off in first place, the UCLA Bruins knocked eight more strokes off their final tally for a second round total of 20-under 560 at the Tempe Regional of the 2013 NCAA Men's Golf Championship, hosted by Arizona State at the ASU Karsten Golf Course (par 70) in Tempe, Ariz.
Arizona State is tied for fifth place with No. 9 Duke -- the Sun Devils started the day tied for tenth place after shooting a 284 in the first round. Trey Ka'ahanui improved from two strokes over after the first four holes, eagleing on the par 5 fourteenth hole and then hitting three more birdies. Jon Rahm bogeyed his first four holes, recovering with an eagle on seventeen and five more birdies to end 1-under par.
Spencer Lawson has 10 birdies, third-best in the field. UCF duo of Eason (15) and Gouveia (11) only two with more. @tkaahanui with 25 pars-- ASUmensgolf (@asumensgolf) May 17, 2013
UCLA is led by senior Pedro Figueiredo who shot a 6-under in the second round, making him 5-under for the tournament overall.
UCF holds the top individual spots in the regional thus far after an impressive outing in the second round. Greg Eason has a six stroke margin on the competition at 12-under -- the second place competitor is his teammate, Ricardo Gouveia who improved from a tie for sixth to second slot on the leader board at 6-under. Eason's 63 stroke performance today ties UCF's second best 18-hole score ever.
Seeing two of his own players on the top of the leader board has UCF's Head Coach Bryce Wallor feeling extremely satisfied at the end of the second day.
"We had 24 birdies among our four scores that counted -- that's a lot of quality golf shots and good putts. We did a lot of good stuff today," Bryce Wallor said. "We were fortunate that we went out at 7 a.m. with fresh greens and no wind. Conditions were perfect for about our first 12 holes and we were about as fortunate as we were good today."
In the school's history, UCF has never had an individual win an NCAA Regional Championship.
On the team leader board No. 3 UCLA, No. 39 UCF and No. 15 Georgia hold the top three places, with scores of 19-under, 8-under and 6-under respectively. The Aggies of Texas A&M, who are ranked No. 22 according to Golfstat are in fourth place with a total of 3-under, while the home town Sun Devils of ASU are tied for fifth with No. 9 Duke at 2-under.
Individually, UCF's Greg Eason and Ricardo Gouveia sit in first and second place, while five different players from four different schools are in a dead-lock tie for third place at 5-under -- Eason, the leader sits at 12-under.
Glen Scher of UC Santa Barbara had one of the most exciting shots of the day, a hole-in-one on the 157 yard 7th hole -- a par 3.
The top five teams as well as the top individual after 54 holes of play advance on to the 2013 NCAA Championship at the Capital City Club - Crabapple Course in Alpharetta, Ga. (May 28 - June 2).