Chang 66 Leads Trojans In NCAA Second Round
May 29, 2013
Results at Golfstat.com
Freshman Yi Keun Chang fired a 4-under 66 while senior Stewart Hagestad carded a 1-under 69 to lead No. 13 USC a bit higher up the leader board after the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Golf Championship on Wednesday (May 29) at the Capital City Club/Crabapple Course in Atlanta, hosted by Georgia Tech.
The Trojans began the day tied for 25th and ended it tied for 19th, but still have their work cut out for them. Only the top eight teams after 54 holes will advance to a three-day match play tournament for the NCAA title and the Trojans, at a combined 9-over 569 (291-278), are nine back of eighth-place Texas A&M with 11 teams ahead of them.
Host Georgia Tech took the second-round lead at 12-under 548, a shot better than top-ranked California in second. Defending NCAA champion Texas is third at 10-under 550 while 2012 NCAA runner-up Alabama is fourth at 9-under 551. Arkansas and Illinois are tied for fifth at 3-under 557, day one leader Arizona State is now seventh at 2-under 558 with the Aggies in eighth.
"We need a great day tomorrow to get to match play," USC Coach Chris Zambri said. "Unfortunately, that is the position we are in. Having to count an 80 the first round will be tough to overcome. Nevertheless, it is possible. Everyone needs to step up in a big way."
Chang moved into a tie for 16th at 3-under 167 (71-66) thanks to his strong round. Starting on the 10th hole, he bogeyed 10 and 11 before a birdie on 12. He finished his first 9 at 1-over but got hot after making the turn, carding birdies on 1 and 2, sinking an eagle on 4 and getting birdies on 5 and 7 before finishing with a bogey on 9.
Sophomore Anthony Paolucci, who led Troy with a 69 Tuesday, is tied for 37th at even 140 (69-71). He was 1-under on his front 9 and was at 2-under before a triple bogey on 6 derailed his momentum.
Senior Sam Smith is tied for 72nd at 3-over 143 (71-72). He got off to a slow start and was 4-over through his first seven holes before finishing the final 11 at 2-under.
Hagestad recovered from his first-round 80 with a second round 69 and is tied for 137th at 9-over 149. He was 1-under through the front 9 and got to 4-under with four holes to go before the round slowed with three late bogeys.
Junior Jeffrey Kang improved upon his first-round 83 with a second-round 75, but was not able to generate enough momentum to produce a counting round.
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