Yuxin Lin leads USC to lead at Southern Highlands Collegiate
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Yuxin Lin shot his second straight 67 to open up a five-shot lead in the Southern Highlands Collegiate in Las Vegas. Lin, from China, bogeyed his first hole of the tournament but has since gone 11 under with no bogeys.

Lin, who won the Asia-Pacific Amateur for the second time last fall, is set to return to both the Masters and British Open. The USC freshman is 10 under, five shots ahead of Florida's Ricky Castillo, winner of two events already this spring. SMU's Mac Meissner is third at 4 under par.

Lin's USC Trojans will take a nine-shot lead into the final round. Texas remains in second place, led by Parker Coody who shot 68 in round two.

Florida and Texas Tech are tied for third, 13 shots behind USC, with UCLA in fifth, 16 shots back.

No. 1 Pepperdine made a charge on Monday, climbing into sixth on the strength of Sahith Theegala's 65, the low round in the tournament so far.

The individual winner of the Southern Highlands Collegiate will receive an exemption into the PGA Tour's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in the fall. Last year, Jack Trent of UNLV won the tournament and went on to finish T29 at the Shriners.


Yuxin Lin, a freshman from Beijing, China, shot a 5-under 67 to share the lead at the Southern Highlands Collegiate in Las Vegas.

Lin, who won the Asia-Pacific Amateur for the second time last fall, is headed for return trips to the Masters and British Open in 2020. On Sunday, he bogeyed his first hole of the day but went six under from there to lead USC to a five-shot lead after the first round.

Two of his teammates, junior Issei Tanabe and sophomore Cameron Henry, joined Lin in the top 10 for the Trojans.

Lin is tied with Davis Thompson of Georgia, who won the Jones Cup last month in a romp. UCLA's Devon Bling is alone in third at 4-under 68.

Six players are tied for fourth at 1 under par.

Texas, coming off of a win at The Prestige in the California desert, sits in second place with UCLA another shot behind. Texas Tech and Georgia are tied for fourth, eight shots off of the lead.

No. 1 Pepperdine struggled in the first round, and is currently is 12th place out of the 15 teams.

Results: Southern Highlands Collegiate
1TXParker CoodyPlano, TX80073-68-67=208
2ChinaYuxin LinChina50067-67-74=208
3CADevon BlingRidgecrest, CA40068-73-68=209
T4CASahith TheegalaChino Hills, CA40076-65-69=210
T4TXMcClure MeissnerSan Antonio, TX40071-69-70=210

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