Cooper Dossey and the Baylor Bears lead by seven
PALO ALTO, CA (May 16, 2017)--With four rounds in the 60s, Baylor shot the round of the NCAA Regionals so far on Tuesday, a 15-under 265 that puts them in the lead going into the final round of the NCAA Southwest Regional at Stanford Golf Course.
Scores were low across the board, with six teams breaking par for the day. But no one could match the Bears.
Braden Bailey started things off for Baylor by making eagle on the first hole en route to a six-under 64. Cooper Dossey (66), Matthew Perrine (67) and Hunter Shattuck (68) followed with low rounds of their own, and when the day was done the Bears had erased Stanford's six-shot overnight lead and raced ahead by seven.
The hosts were led once again by Maverick McNealy, who followed up a opening 65 with a 67 to put him in second in the individual tournament. The other Stanford Cardinal players all turned in respectable rounds--no one shot higher than 71--but it wasn't enough to keep up with Baylor.
Led by Clay Feagler (69-67), Pepperdine shot a six-under 274 and moved into third, six shots behind Stanford.
Oklahoma's Brad Dalke continued his torrid pace to take over the individual tournament lead. He too started his round with an eagle and added six birdies in a round of 64 that beat his first round score by one and put him at an impressive 11-under-par 129. He leads McNealy by three shots and Dossey by five heading into the final round.
The rest of the Sooners played well enough to post a 277 total and move into fourth at 557. The race for the top five will be tight, as three teams currently sit tied for fifth at 560:
BYU, Georgia Tech, and North Florida. Georgia Tech had the second low round of the day,
a seven-under 273 to move them into contention for advancement. North Carolina and Houston sit six shots behind at 566 and will need something special to advance.
Luke Schniederjans of Georgia Tech had the round of the tournament, an eight-under 62 that included an incredible eleven birdies. The round improved on his first round score by sixteen shots.
The low five teams and the low individual not on a qualifying team will qualify for the NCAA Championship, to be held at Rich Harvest Farms in Elk Grove, IL, May 26-31.
As it stands now, Collin Morikawa, the #2 ranked player in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Amateur Rankings leads the race as the lone individual to advance. Morikawa shot a 66 and sits at four-under 136.
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54 hole men's NCAA Regional from which the
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