Bortis, Holland lead Men's Golf in round two at NCAA Championship
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- UT senior Matt Bortis continued his steady play and redshirt freshman Charlie Holland finished strong down the stretch, as No. 27 Texas completed round two of the NCAA Golf Championship at the par 70, 6,808-yard Gold course at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.
Texas shot an eight-over 288 on the day to fall from a tie for third place after Wednesday's opening round to a tie for eighth place at six-over par after the first two rounds. The Longhorns sit 13 strokes behind first-place Stanford, who leads at seven-under par.
Minnesota is in second at six-under par, and Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State and Charlotte round out the top five. Individually, Minnesota's Bronson LaCassie leads at eight-under par.
"We had a difficult time out there today," UT coach John Fields said. "I know our guys felt they left a few (shots) out there, but they can't worry about that. We're happy to be playing in the morning tomorrow, and we'll need another great team effort."
Bortis (Springfield, Mo.) led Texas for a second consecutive day. With UT starting its rounds at the 10th tee, Bortis sank birdies on the 18th, fifth and sixth holes, finishing with a 35 on the back nine and a 36 on the front nine. He is tied for 14th place at one-under par after the opening two rounds.
Holland (Dallas, Texas) mixed in two birdies and six bogeys in his first 14 holes before coming alive at No. 6, where he eagled the par five, 485-yard hole to drop to two-over par. He bogeyed the seventh hole, a par three, but he finished with birdies at the eighth and ninth holes to finish with a one-under 71 on the day. Heading into Friday's third round, Holland is tied for 58th place at three-over par.
Senior Jhonattan Vegas played a solid round with few mistakes. Though he only birdied one hole, the par four at No. 5, he made only two miscues - a bogey at the 11th hole and a double bogey at the fourth hole. Vegas (Maturin, Venezuela) ended the round with a two-over 72 and is tied for 29th place at one-over par going into Friday's third round.
Junior Jace Moore took two strokes off of his first round to shoot a four-over 74 in Thursday's second round. Moore (Southlake, Texas) opened with a 39 on the back nine, but he only bogeyed one hole on the front nine and added a birdie at the sixth hole to shoot a 35 on the front nine. He ended the day tied for 132nd place at 10-over par.
Freshman Lance Lopez dropped four bogeys on the back nine, and though he managed a birdie at the sixth hole, he was plagued by two bogeys and one double bogey on the front nine. Lopez (Missouri City, Texas) finished with a seven-over 77 on the day and is tied for 102nd place.
Texas tees off in Friday's third round at 7:47 a.m., Eastern time.
NCAA Men's Golf Championship