Rebels Shoot 4-Over During Second Round At NCAA Championship
May 29, 2013
MILTON, Ga. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV men's golf team shot a second-round 4-over-par 284 on Wednesday and is 10 shots back of the cut line entering the final round of stroke play at the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship, which is being played at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course (par 70, 7,319 yards) just outside of Atlanta.
Georgia Tech matched its first-round total of 6-under 274 in the second round and leads the tournament by a shot at 12-under 548. California is second at 11-under after a second-round 8-under 272, while Texas is third at 10-under followed by Alabama at 9-under. Arkansas and Illinois are tied for fifth at 3-under, while Arizona State is seventh at 2-under and Texas A&M is eighth at even-par. UCF is ninth at 1-over. The Rebels' 36-hole total is 10-over 570, which is tied for 21st with UCLA.
Arizona State's Jon Rahm shot a second-round 2-over 72 on Wednesday, but remained the individual leader by a shot at 7-under 133. UCF's Greg Eason and Arkansas' Nicholas Echavarria are both tied for second at 6-under, while there is a five-way tie for fourth at 5-under.
UNLV senior Kevin Penner shot a second-round 3-under 67 and is in a tie for ninth at 4-under 136, just three shots off the lead, to lead all Rebel individuals. Penner's second round consisted of four birdies and a bogey.
Rebel sophomore Kurt Kitayama is tied for 72nd at 3-over 143 after a second-round 2-over 72, sophomore Carl Jonson and junior Nicholas Maruri are both tied for 128th at 7-over 147 after second-round scores of 4-over 74 and 1-over 71, respectively, while freshman AJ McInerney is tied for 143rd at 10-over 150 after a second-round 7-over 77.
30 teams and six individuals not on those teams are competing for the national title this week. In all, there are 156 players competing. Stroke play will conclude with 18 holes on Thursday before the individual champion is crowned and the field is cut to eight teams. After the cut, the low eight teams will compete in single-elimination match-play format each day until a team champion is crowned on Sunday.
The 2013 NCAA Championship is UNLV's 18th all-time appearance. The Rebels won the national title in 1998 in Albuquerque, N.M., and its previous best finish at the event was a second-place showing in 1996. Among its 17 previous appearances at the national finals, the Rebels have recorded nine top-eight finishes. UNLV also boasts two individual national champions - Ryan Moore in 2004 and Warren Schutte in 1991.
The Rebels will start round three off the 10th hole with tee times scheduled to start at 8:40 a.m. ET on Thursday. NCAA.com will offer live web streaming on Thursday from 3-8 p.m. ET.