Friday, May 16, 2003
AUBURN – The University of Alabama men’s golf team remained in a tie for 20th place after Friday’s second round of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships East Regional. The Crimson Tide must finish in the top 10 if it is to advance to Stillwater, Okla., and the NCAA’s team finals.
Alabama shot 298 on Friday, improving on the 310 it carded in the opening round on Thursday. Going into Saturday’s final round, the top ten spots were taken by Clemson, at 14 under par (562), Georgia Tech (567), Tennessee (572), Florida, Wake Forest and Duke (578), Augusta State (580), South Carolina (581), Vanderbilt and Auburn (582). Georgia State held the 11th spot at eight over par (584). Alabama is tied at 20th (608) with James Madison.
The Tide’s Lars Brovold shot par on Friday, a scorecard that allowed him to move up 14 spots from his opening round placement after he carded 76. He shot 72 on Friday and is tied at 54th going into the final round. Brovold is four over par for the tournament. Austin Hynson dropped 14 spots from 80th to a tie at 94th. He has shot identical round totals of 77. Wesley Pate and Clint Provost, both tied at 109th after the first round where they both carded 79, climbed with identical round totals of 75 in the second round to move them up to a tie at 94th with another teammate, Lance Walker. Walker, who improved six spots in the standings after the second round, has carded 78-76/154 in the regional.
The East Regional, which invited 27 teams (there are more than three times that number of Division I golf teams in the East Region), is being hosted by Auburn at the Auburn University Club. It is one of three regionals simultaneously being held this week. A total of 30 teams and six individuals from teams that did not make the cut will advance to the NCAA team finals which begin May 27th. Saturday marks the third and final round of regional play.