Penn State Leads At NCAA East Regional
May 21, 2004
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Penn State used a 5-over-par 285 to leap from fifth to first at the 2004 NCAA Men's Golf East Regional Friday. The Nittany Lions hold a one-stroke lead at 575 (290-285) over Florida (286-290-576) and a two-stroke advantage over third-place North Carolina (294-283-577).
Junior Greg Pieczynski leads the Lions with a 2-over-par 142 after a second-straight 71 on Friday. Currently, Pieczynski is tied for ninth individually, one shot ahead of teammate Ted Neville at 143.
Neville, who is tied for 19th overall, rebounded from a 3-over-par 73 on Thursday with a team-best even-par 70. After a double-bogey on the first hole, Neville responded with four birdies and two bogeys throughout the day to get back to even.
Mark Leon had the opposite start of that of his teammate's, beginning 3-under-par in the first four holes. Leon would level off throughout the round and finish with a 1-over 71 for a 144 (73-71) total. Marco Poccia is tied for 38th at 146 (73-73), while Jason Pannone is in the clubhouse with a 153 (77-76).
Individually, Wake Forest's Bill Haas leads with a 3-under 137 (67-70), followed by Florida's Camilo Villegas at 138 (68-70) and Rhode Island's Kenneth Fahey in third at 139 (67-72).
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue dropped from third to fifth on Friday in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Central Regional, but is in good position to make the top-10 team cut after Saturday's final round.
The Boilermakers recorded a 302 on Friday and sit alone in fifth at 597 (295-302). Shiv Kapur leads Purdue with a 149 (73-76), which leaves him tied for 27th overall.
Peter Richardson (72-79) and Dustin Cone (74-77) are tied for 34th at 151, followed by Luke Epp (76-76-152) and Pariya Junhasavasdikul (80-73-153), who had the low round on the day for Purdue with a 1-over 73. MORE>>>
Minnesota recorded a 15-over 303 Friday in the second round of the men's NCAA golf tournament, and sits on the bubble in a tie for 10th with Kansas State at 605 (302-303).
The Gophers sat in eighth place heading into Friday's round, and are now just four strokes out of seventh place. Minnesota will be looking for a strong effort tomorrow to make the top-10 cut for the NCAA Championships.
Justin Smith led Minnesota into the clubhouse, shooting an even-par 72. Smith countered bookend bogeys on holes No. 1 and 18 with birdie efforts on No. 2 and 9. The senior is 3-over for the tournament at 147 (75-72), tied for 15th individually.
David Morgan fired a 75 on Friday and sits at 151 (76-75), two shots ahead of teammate Ben Greve at 153 (74-79). Big Ten Freshman of the Year Bronson LaCasssie (79-77) and Ryan Paulson (77-79) are tied at 156. MORE>>>
Big Ten champion Ohio State enters Saturday's final round in 15th at 612 (302-310).
Scott Anderson leads the way for the Buckeyes with a 36-hole total of 151 (74-77), which puts him tied for 34th in the field. Big Ten medalist Kevin Hall rebounded from a front-nine 7-over-par 43 to close with a 77, setting him at 153 (76-77).
Colin Biles shot a 79 Friday for a 155 (76-79), and is followed by Zach Doran at 156 (76-80) and Brett Williams at 159 (82-77). MORE>>>
Indiana fell from 15th to 17th in the team competition, but currently fields two individuals in the top-8.
Junior Heath Peters tamed the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex with a 2-under-par 70, and is sixth individually. Peters, who started on No. 10, went out in 1-over 37, but answered with a five-birdie, two-bogey 3-under 33 on his second nine, which included birdies on his last three holes.
Classmate Jeff Overton, the Big Ten Player of the Year and Les Bolstad Award Winner, rebounded from a first-nine 41, with a 34 and sits tied for eighth at 146 (71-75).
Scott Seibert sits at 146 (79-77), while David Butwell (80-86-166) and Mike Birkenfield (82-87-169) round out the lineup. MORE>>>
Illinois struggled on the day to a second-round 320, placing the Fighting Illini 23rd at 629 (309-320).
Garrett Chaussard leads the Illini at 153 (73-80), followed by Patrick Nagle at 156 (77-79). Ryan Tendall sits at 160 (76-84), two strokes ahead of teammate Joe Affrunti at 162 (83-79). Mike O'Neal rounds out the top five for Illinois at 168 (86-82). MORE>>>
Individually, Northwestern's Tom Johnson is tied for 19th at 148 (72-76). MORE>>>
Kentucky leads the Central Regional at 583 (298-285), followed by Oklahoma State at 585 (287-298) and Texas at 594 (298-296).
Individually, Kentucky's Brandon Waldrop leads the field at 4-under-par 140 (70-70), followed by Texas' Jason Hartwick at 2-under 142 (69-73). A three-way tie for third, which includes Oklahoma State's Casey Wittenberg, is at 143.