LakePoint, Ga. - With 18 holes left to play at this year's NCAA Regionals, North Florida has put themselves in a good position to finish in one of the coveted top-five spots. Kennesaw State made an early charge, but dropped a couple of spots, while Jacksonville posted a near identical score to its first round at the Columbus Regional. Only the top-five teams at each regional site advance to the National Championship in Stillwater, Okla. later this month.
The Ospreys continued their impressive performance at the Norman Regional with a five-under-par round of 285 to maintain their spot in the top-five. North Florida enters tomorrow's final round in third place, six shots ahead of the sixth place position. Dillon Woods continued his excellent late season form as she tied his career-low with a 68(-4) today. Woods carded four birdies and no bogeys on his round to lead the Ospreys today. Travis Trace followed up yesterday's 70 (-2) with another round of 70 as he sits in a tie for fifth on the individual leaderboard. Philip Knowles, a First Team All-Conference selection, bounced back from a rough opening round and shot a 72 (E) with Andrew Alligood (73; +1) rounding out the team scores for the Ospreys today. North Florida is seeking its fifth trip to the National Championship and is in prime position to make the cut to Stillwater, Okla. tomorrow.
Kennesaw State improved by two strokes from their opening round at the Pacific Regional but dropped two spots in the standings down to 11th. The Owls shot a combined score of 300 (+2) and sit at six-over-par after the opening two rounds. Jake Fendt carded five birdies on his round to post the lowest Owl score of the day at 71 (-1). Wyatt Larkin finished with an even-par round of 72, while All-Freshman Team selection Brady Keran posted a one-over-par 73 (+1) in his second round. Despite shooting a 74 (+2) today, Connor Coffee is still the Owls top individual on the leaderboard as he sits tied for 35th after two rounds. The Owls are going to need a major push in tomorrow's final round as they enter 13 strokes behind fifth place, the final qualifying spot for the NCAA National Championship. That coveted fifth spot is currently occupied by TCU.
The Dolphins posted a second round score of 301 after shooting a 300 in the opening round at the Columbus Regional. Jacksonville was led by senior Raul Pereda once again as he posted a 73 (+1) and now sits in a tie for 17th position on the individual leaderboard with a 54-hole score of 145 (+3). Michael Sakane completed his second round with a score of 75 (+3) and sits tied for 40th after two round. The Dolphins enter the final round in ninth place and 16 shots behind fifth place, which is occupied by Texas Tech. Play was suspended late in the day with four teams still needing to complete their second rounds. Oklahoma State (-9) and Illinois (-6) are the only two teams to break par through the first two rounds at the Columbus Regional on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University.