Men's Golf tied for 11th after second round at NCAA Central Regional
CHARDON, Ohio -- Texas freshman Randy Lowry helped the Longhorns stay within two strokes of the NCAA Championship cutline Friday in the second round of the 2006 NCAA Men's Golf Central Regional. The three-day competition is taking place at the Sand Ridge Golf Club (Par on the 7,173-yard course is 71). After the second day of competition, Lowry is at four-over par 146 and led UT to a tie for 11th-place. Texas sits with a two-day score of 592 (+24).
Top regional seed and No. 3-ranked Oklahoma State is in first place at three-under par 565. Unranked Northwestern, the ninth-seed of the regional, is in second at six-over par (574) while No. 9-ranked Texas A&M, the third seed, is in third and one stroke back at seven-over par (575).
Texas currently is in a two-way tie for 11th with No. 24 Tulsa, just two strokes behind No. 10 Clemson, TCU and Oklahoma, who are all tied in 10th-place (22-over par 590).
The top 10 teams and three individuals (not on those 10 qualifying teams) from each regional will advance to the 2006 NCAA Championship, which will be contested May 31 through June 3 at Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.
Lowry finished the second round with a 74 (+3) after recording a first round score of one-over par 72 on Thursday. In his second career round at the NCAA Regional, the Spring, Texas native posted two birdies, three bogeys, and a double bogey on the par-three fifth.
Senior Matthew Mills and Junior Jhonattan Vegas finished tied for 27th-place. Both Mills and Vegas have total scores of five-over par 147 after two rounds of golf in Chardon. Each shot first and second round scores of 76 (+5) on Friday and even-par 71 on Thursday.
Seniors Jeff Bell and Matthew Rosenfeld, both Plano, Texas natives, rounded out the Texas scorers. Bell is tied for 77th after carding a four-over 75 Friday for a total of 10-over par 152. Rosenfeld, the 2006 Big 12 Championship medalist, has a two-round score of 13-over par total of 155 (T-95th).
Last season, the Longhorns placed ninth at the Central Regional at the Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind., to qualify for the NCAA Championships as a team for the fourth consecutive year.
Texas will return to the course Saturday for a 7:05 a.m. (Central) tee-time and will be paired with Clemson and Tulsa for the final round.