By Lance Ringler, Golfweek
After 36 holes of golf in the Columbus Regional, not a single team has the comfort of any breathing room heading into the final round at the Columbus Regional.
South Carolina, the No. 4 seed, unseated first-round leader Charlotte early in the second round. The Gamecocks stumbled on the closing holes at Ohio State University’s Scarlet Golf Course and gave away what little cushion they had and share the lead after 36 holes with UNLV.
Charlotte was 22 shots worse in Round 2 and fell into tie for eighth place with San Francisco. The 49ers are nine shots back of the fifth-place position on the leaderboard. The top five teams advance to the NCAA Championship.
“I would have taken tied for the lead at start of the week, but the way it finished it was frustrating because had we finished well we would have had created some separation,” South Carolina head coach Bill McDonald said. “Overall we are in a good spot. I don’t feel like we have really played that well and to be tied for the lead I am pretty happy about that.”
With only five qualifying spots available, only three shots is the difference between the first six teams on the leaderboard.
“It’s going to be interesting tomorrow. The leaderboard is so bunched up with a lot of teams in the mix for a lot of things – winning or top 5,” New Mexico head coach Glen Millican said.