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Stanford right on target in NCAAs

By RON BALICKI
Senior writer

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – You win six tournaments this season. You are No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings after holding the No. 1 spot at one time.

But the NCAA men’s golf committee makes you the No. 12 seed for this week’s NCAA Division I Men’s Championship. Lack of respect? A sign of late-season struggles?

Whatever the reason, the Cardinal don’t seem bothered by the slight. After finishing fourth at Pac-10s and seventh at the West Regional, Stanford holds the halfway lead in the most important event – the NCAA Championship.

Led by junior Rob Grube, Stanford followed its 5-under-par 275 with a 3-under 278 to stand at 7-under 563, one shot clear of a surprising Minnesota team. The Gophers, who sent some shock waves through college golf when they captured the 2002 NCAA title, shot 276 for 564.

Four shots back at 2-under 558 is Coastal Carolina and East Tennessee State is next at even par 860. Charlotte is at 2-over 562 and Georgia Tech – which shot a second-round best 275 – and UCLA are at 563.

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Individually, Minnesota senior Bronson La’Cassie fired a 5-under 65 and leads the field at 8-under 132, two strokes better than Vanderbilt sophomore Jon Curran who had a 7-birdie, 1-bogey 64.

“I kept the ball in the fairway and on the green and that was the main thing,” said La’Cassie, who had five birdies and no bogeys. “Actually, it was a pretty easy day today, nothing really special.”

Grube added a 1-over 71 to his first-round leading 6-under 64 and is tied for third at 5-under 135. He is joined by Georgia Tech sophomore Cameron Tringale, Coastal senior Dustin Johnson, both of whom shot 68, and Zach Suchar, playing as an individual out of UAB, who shot 67.

Among those at 3-under 137 is Brigham Young junior Daniel Summerhays, who also qualified for the championship as an individual. After a 74 to start and being tied for 107th, Summerhays fired an 8-birdie, 1-bogey, 7-under 63 and it tied for eighth. Last fall on this same Golden Horseshoe layout, Summerhays shot a course-record 10-under 60 at the Golfweek/Ping Preview, tying the NCAA mark for low 18 hole score.

Stanford, which has won seven NCAA golf titles, the last being in 1994, is now in prime position to post its best finish in this championship since 1996, when, led by medalist Tiger Woods, it placed fourth.

“We’ve had some down years and that’s probably why a lot of people are a little skeptical of our success this year,” said third-year coach Ray, this season’s Pac-10 coach of the year. “But now I feel we’re getting back to where we’re suppose to be. For us, I feel it’s a good motivator to keep proving ourselves. As long as we keep doing what we’re doing, I think people are going to take notice and give us respect.”

Grube felt much the same way.

“Sometimes I feel we’re kind of overlooked, but I guess when you haven’t been up there in a while and last year we were (ranked) around 60th, it’s kind of hard to convince people you’re legitimate,” Grube said. “All the guys are excited about this week and we’re all extremely focused. We’ve had two solid days and now we have to go out and have two more to finish it off.”

Finishing it off in the second round came as a struggle for Coastal Carolina. Led by Johnson, who had five consecutive birdies (Nos. 2-6) on his way to a 6-under 29 on the front side, the Chanticleers got it to 12 under and built a five-shot lead. But Johnson played holes 12-14 in 6-over and Coastal battled coming in and had to settle for a 1-over 281.

Meanwhile, Georgia, the tournament’s top seed and Golfweek’s top-ranked team struggled with a 9-over 289 and stands at 11-over 571. The Bulldogs are tied for 16th and are in jeopardy of missing the 54-hole cut of the low 15 teams.

Georgia isn’t the only one among the top three seeds having problems. No. 2 Tulsa is at 15-over 575 and is tied for 22nd, while No. 3 Alabama is 7-over 567 and is 10th.

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Ron Balicki is a Golfweek senior writer. You can reach him by e-mail at rbalicki@golfweek.com.

Scores with relation to par from the second round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship, played May 31 at the par-70, 6,803-yard Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va. (Note: y-played as individual)

TEAMS

1. Stanford 275-278–553
-7 2. Minnesota 278-276–554
-6 3. Coastal Carolina 277-281–558
-2 4. East Tennessee St. 280-280–560
E 5. Charlotte 279-283–562 + 2 6. Georgia Tech 288-275–563 + 3 6. UCLA 283-280–563 + 3 8. Oklahoma St. 287-279–566 + 6 8. Texas 278-288–566 + 6 10. Alabama 284-283–567 + 7 11. Georgia St. 286-282–568 + 8 11. Florida 278-290–568 + 8 13. South Carolina 291-278–569 + 9 13. Vanderbilt 284-285–569 + 9 15. Michigan St. 283-287–570 + 10 16. Georgia 282-289–571 + 11 16. Tennessee 284-287–571 + 11 16. Florida St. 283-288–571 + 11 19. Lamar 285-287–572 + 12 19. North Carolina 289-283–572 + 12 19. Duke 294-278–572 + 12 22. Tulsa 284-291–575 + 15 22. Southern California 289-286–575 + 15 24. Arizona St. 286-290–576 + 16 25. Arizona 290-287–577 + 17 26. Wake Forest 293-287–580 + 20 26. Louisville 288-292–580 + 20 28. New Mexico 293-288–581 + 21 29. Auburn 295-291–586 + 26 30. Texas Tech 293-294–587 + 27

INDIVIDUALS

1. Bronson LaCassie, Minnesota 67-65–132
-8 2. Jon Curran, Vanderbilt 70-64–134
-6 3. Rob Grube, Stanford 64-71–135
-5 3. Dustin Johnson, C. Carolina 67-68–135
-5 3. y-Zach Sucher, UAB 68-67–135
-5 3. Cameron Tringale, Ga. Tech 67-68–135
-5 7. Matthew Savage, FSU 67-69–136
-4 8. Tom Glissmeyer, USC 68-69–137
-3 8. Gareth Shaw, ETSU 69-68–137
-3 8. y-Daniel Summerhays, BYU 74-63–137
-3 8. Martin Ureta, UNC 70-67–137
-3 12. Rhys Davies, ETSU 69-69–138
-2 12. Matthew Swan, Alabama 70-68–138
-2 14. Matt Bortis, Texas 68-71–139
-1 14. Chesson Hadley, Ga. Tech 72-67–139
-1 14. Lucas Lee, UCLA 68-71–139
-1 14. Zack Miller, Stanford 70-69–139
-1 14. Brett Myers, Tulsa 71-68–139
-1 14. Corey Nagy, Charlotte 70-69–139
-1 14. Jack Newman, Michigan St. 70-69–139
-1 14. Lindsay Renolds, C. Carolina 70-69–139
-1 14. y-Kyle Stanley, Clemson 70-69–139
-1 23. Oliver Bekker, Lamar 70-70–140
E 23. Charlie Beljan, New Mexico 69-71–140
E 23. Jonas Blixt, FSU 69-71–140
E 23. Andrew DiBitetto, Charlotte 68-72–140
E 23. Ben Pisani, Minnesota 68-72–140
E 23. Mark Silvers, S. Carolina 74-66–140
E 29. Victor Almstrom, Minnesota 73-68–141 + 1 29. Charles Ford, Tennessee 69-72–141 + 1 29. Adam Hadwin, Louisville 70-71–141 + 1 29. Matt Harmon, Michigan St. 73-68–141 + 1 29. Daniel Im, UCLA 71-70–141 + 1 29. Chris Kirk, Georgia 68-73–141 + 1 29. Trent Leon, Oklahoma St. 72-69–141 + 1 29. Daniel Lim, Stanford 69-72–141 + 1 29. Trevor Murphy, Charlotte 73-68–141 + 1 29. Toby Ragland, Florida 72-69–141 + 1 29. Webb Simpson, W. Forest 72-69–141 + 1 29. Joel Sjoholm, Georgia St. 68-73–141 + 1 29. Jhonattan Vegas, Texas 69-72–141 + 1 29. Manuel Villegas, Florida 70-71–141 + 1 29. Tino Weiss, Tennessee 74-67–141 + 1 44. Benjamin Alvarado, ASU 69-73–142 + 2 44. Knut Borsheim, ASU 74-68–142 + 2 44. George Bryan IV, S. Carolina 70-72–142 + 2 44. Rory Hie, USC 71-71–142 + 2 44. Adam Long, Duke 71-71–142 + 2 44. Pablo Martin, Oklahoma St. 70-72–142 + 2 44. Derek Oakey, Georgia St. 75-67–142 + 2 44. Robert Riesen, UNC 74-68–142 + 2 44. Matt Savage, Stanford 72-70–142 + 2 44. y-Tim Streng, Western Illinois 71-71–142 + 2 44. Joseph Sykora, Alabama 70-72–142 + 2 44. Warren Thomas, S. Carolina 73-69–142 + 2 44. Brendon Todd, Georgia 73-69–142 + 2 44. Niall Turner, Minnesota 71-71–142 + 2 58. Daryl Fathauer, Louisville 70-73–143 + 3 58. Oscar Floren, Texas Tech 74-69–143 + 3 58. Erik Flores, UCLA 76-67–143 + 3 58. Mark Haastrup, Georgia St. 70-73–143 + 3 58. Ryan Henry, Tulsa 69-74–143 + 3 58. Charlie Holland, Texas 72-71–143 + 3 58. Cameron Hooper, C. Carolina 70-73–143 + 3 58. Clark Klaasen, Duke 74-69–143 + 3 58. Tyler Leon, Oklahoma St. 74-69–143 + 3 58. Jamie Lovemark, USC 72-71–143 + 3 58. Tim McKenney, Florida 66-77–143 + 3 58. Jonathan Moore, Oklahoma St. 73-70–143 + 3 58. Pete Oriol, Arizona 73-70–143 + 3 58. Philip Pettitt, Tennessee 70-73–143 + 3 58. Ryan Posey, Oklahoma St. 72-71–143 + 3 58. Seamus Power, ETSU 70-73–143 + 3 58. Ben Taylor, Georgia St. 73-70–143 + 3 58. Michael Thompson, Alabama 72-71–143 + 3 76. Roberto Castro, Ga. Tech 74-70–144 + 4 76. Casey Clendenon, Lamar 71-73–144 + 4 76. Reed Darsie, UNC 74-70–144 + 4 76. Jake Grodzinsky, Duke 75-69–144 + 4 76. Billy Horschel, Florida 71-73–144 + 4 76. Hudson Johnson, Vanderbilt 73-71–144 + 4 76. Luke List, Vanderbilt 69-75–144 + 4 76. Matt Mincer, Charlotte 69-75–144 + 4 76. Adam Mitchell, Georgia 72-72–144 + 4 76. Dan Obremski, C. Carolina 73-71–144 + 4 76. Steve Saunders, New Mexico 76-68–144 + 4 76. Dusty Smith, Lamar 73-71–144 + 4 76. Hudson Swafford, Georgia 69-75–144 + 4 76. Nathan Tyler, Arizona 70-74–144 + 4 76. y-Dan Woltman, Wisconsin 72-72–144 + 4 91. Mark Anderson, S. Carolina 74-71–145 + 5 91. Ryan Brehm, Michigan St. 72-73–145 + 5 91. Zack Byrd, C. Carolina 70-75–145 + 5 91. Kevin Chappell, UCLA 73-72–145 + 5 91. Jordan Findlay, ETSU 75-70–145 + 5 91. Justin Harding, Lamar 71-74–145 + 5 91. Patton Kizzire, Auburn 73-72–145 + 5 91. Kevin Larsen, Ga. Tech 75-70–145 + 5 91. Niklas Lemke, ASU 69-76–145 + 5 91. Clayton Rask, Minnesota 72-73–145 + 5 91. Santiago Rivas, Texas Tech 72-73–145 + 5 102. Joseph Bramlett, Stanford 78-68–146 + 6 102. Jonas Enander Hedin, Charlotte 72-74–146 + 6 102. Josh Esler, Arizona 74-72–146 + 6 102. Brendan Gielow, W. Forest 72-74–146 + 6 102. Dustin Groves, W. Forest 71-75–146 + 6 102. Mark Harrell, Alabama 74-72–146 + 6 102. Jason Kang, UCLA 71-75–146 + 6 102. Sam Korbe, Tulsa 72-74–146 + 6 102. Lance Lopez, Texas 69-77–146 + 6 102. Glenn Northcutt, Auburn 75-71–146 + 6 102. Chris Paisley, Tennessee 71-75–146 + 6 102. Gator Todd, Alabama 72-74–146 + 6 102. Dawie Van Der Walt, Lamar 73-73–146 + 6 115. T. Bierenbroodspot, ASU 74-73–147 + 7 115. Cameron Knight, FSU 75-72–147 + 7 115. Andrew Medley, Auburn 73-74–147 + 7 115. Tom Sherreard, Georgia St. 75-72–147 + 7 115. Josh Wilks, Arizona 73-74–147 + 7 120. Mitch Cohlmia, Tulsa 72-76–148 + 8 120. Steve Cuzzort, Michigan St. 71-77–148 + 8 120. Nick Geyer, New Mexico 75-73–148 + 8 120. Cian McNamara, ETSU 72-76–148 + 8 120. Brian Prouty, Arizona 77-71–148 + 8 120. Michael Schachner, Duke 79-69–148 + 8 126. Derek Fathauer, Louisville 75-74–149 + 9 126. Nicolas Geyger, Tulsa 74-75–149 + 9 126. David Holzworth, UNC 71-78–149 + 9 126. Sean Moore, W. Forest 78-71–149 + 9 126. Jay Moseley, Auburn 74-75–149 + 9 126. Adam Rainaud, Louisville 73-76–149 + 9 132. Robb Bierbaum, New Mexico 73-77–150 + 10 132. Tyler Brown, Florida 71-79–150 + 10 132. Taylor Hall, Ga. Tech 78-72–150 + 10 132. Jace Moore, Texas 76-74–150 + 10 132. y-Chance Pipitone, Pennsylvania 75-75–150 + 10 132. Matt Smith, Texas Tech 75-75–150 + 10 132. Grant Tungate, Michigan St. 70-80–150 + 10 139. Will Griffin, Texas Tech 72-79–151 + 11 139. Steven Groover, Auburn 77-74–151 + 11 139. Brian Harman, Georgia 75-76–151 + 11 139. Tyler Matthews, Vanderbilt 72-79–151 + 11 139. Michael Quagliano, Duke 74-77–151 + 11 144. Fredrik Andersson, ASU 74-78–152 + 12 144. Barden Berry, UNC 74-78–152 + 12 144. Florian Fritsch, S. Carolina 76-76–152 + 12 144. Chris McCartin, W. Forest 79-73–152 + 12 144. Torstein Nevestad, FSU 72-80–152 + 12 144. Kyle Nielsen, New Mexico 76-76–152 + 12 150. Garrett Merrell, Texas Tech 76-77–153 + 13 150. Jordan Nasser, USC 78-75–153 + 13 150. Billy Whalen, Vanderbilt 78-75–153 + 13 153. Joshua Wooding, USC 78-76–154 + 14 154. Seath Lauer, FSU 79-76–155 + 15 155. Lewis Kirton, Louisville 82-74–156 + 16 156. David Holmes, Tennessee 80-77–157 + 17

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