SDSU Men's Golf Drops Back At The NCAA Championships

May 30, 2012

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PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIF. - The San Diego State men's golf team put itself in position to make a move up the leaderboard Wednesday, but then gave back five strokes over the final three holes, going from six to 11-over par and finished out the second round of the 2012 NCAA championships with an 11-over 295. With half of the field still on the par-71, 7,292-yard Riviera Country Club course, the Aztecs are at 19-over 587 for the tournament and are tied with fourth-ranked Auburn with just 18 holes of stroke play remaining in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Both senior Alex Kang (Oak Park, Calif.) and junior Tom Berry (New Haw, England) posted identical second-round efforts of 2-over par to lead the squad. Kang matched a team high with three birdies on the first, ninth and 17th holes to give him six so far this week. He started the morning at 3-over par, but then bounced back to 1-over by carding two of his birdies and four pars over his next six holes. Kang sandwiched two pars between two bogeys, before ending the round strong with his second birdie in as many days on the par-4 ninth to push him into the team lead at 3-over 145.

Berry has been the model of consistency with his second consecutive 73 to come in just one stroke behind Kang with a 146. Berry carded 12 more pars, after totaling 14 on Tuesday, to give him 26 in the 36 holes. He had seven of them to start the round and then notched two birdies and two bogeys as he made the turn to the front nine at even-par. Berry remained even until he made bogey on each of the final two holes to wind up with a 73.

Aztec senior J.J. Spaun (San Dimas, Calif.) had four bogeys for the second day in a row, but unlike Tuesday, he was able to offset them with just one birdie on the par-3 16th and came in at 3-over. Spaun, who was third at the 2011 NCAA championships, is tied with Berry with a 146, which includes his opening effort of 1-over 72.

Senior Colin Featherstone (Fallbrook, Calif.) was the lone San Diego State player to improve on his first-round total, knocking four strokes off with a 4-over 75. Featherstone made the turn at 1-over, highlighted by two birdies in his first seven holes. He then double bogeyed the par-4 second hole, but got one of those strokes back with another birdie on the par-4 fifth. He settled at 4-over for the day and 12-over the tournament with back-to-back bogeys on the seventh and eighth holes before finishing with a par.

The team's final senior, Matt Hoffenberg (Simi Valley, Calif.), got behind early in the day, finding himself at 4-over through his first seven holes and going to as high as 7-over before finally notching five pars and a birdie for a 77 and a 36-hole total of 152.

The Aztecs won't find out who they will be paired with or what time they will tee off on Thursday until after play has ended this evening. The top 15 squads are slated to begin Thursday afternoon for the final 18 holes of stroke play, while the remainder of the field starts in the morning wave. The individual national champion will be crowned tomorrow, while the top eight squads advance to the match play portion of the championships. A link to live stats will be available on goaztecs.com.

2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championships
Los Angeles, Calif. - Riviera Country Club (Par-71, 7,292yards)

Second-Round Results Through 36 Holes

San Diego State

T27	Alex Kang		72-73-145 (+3)
T46	Tom Berry		73-73-146 (+4)
T27	J.J. Spaun		72-74-146 (+4)
T81	Matt Hoffenberg		75-77-152 (+10)
T137	Colin Featherstone	79-75-154 (+12)
	San Diego St.		292-295-587 (+19)