Men's Golf Right In The Mix With Round To Play At NCAA Regional
May 18, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - Despite not posting its best round on Friday, the Wake Forest men's golf team is in the mix heading into the final round of the NCAA Regional at the University of Georgia Golf Club.
The Deacons carded a 10-over 294 in breezy conditions but are just three shots out of the final qualifying spot heading into Saturday's final round. The top-4 in the team standings have somewhat separated themselves from the rest of the field. Top-seeded Alabama is 23-under par through two rounds while East Carolina is second at 11-under, North Florida third at 6-under and host Georgia is fourth at even-par. New Mexico is 7-over par through 36-holes and holds a narrow one-shot lead on UNC Wilmington for the last qualifying spot. Wake Forest is tied with Houston and Long Beach State at 10-over par and just three back. The top-five teams and top individual not on one of those five teams at the end of the day Saturday will earn a berth into the NCAA Championships.
Senior All-American Lee Bedford fired his second-straight round of even-par 71 on Friday. Bedford made two birdies and two bogeys in his round. He is tied with teammate Evan Beck who followed his opening round 70 with a 1-over 72. Beck was 4-over par through 10 holes on Friday but he made four birdies in a six-hole stretch to right the ship. The duo is currently tied for 15th with a round to play.
Junior Charlie Harrison also opened the tournament with a 1-under 70 on Thursday but he would card a 5-over 76 on Friday. Harrison did however make a solid birdie near the end of the round at the par-5 seventh to help the Deacons climb back into the mix. He is 4-over for the event and tied for 44th.
Sophomore Thomas Birdsey had a tough go of it for most of the day on Friday, but like Harrison, he birdied the par-5 seventh and would finish with a round of 4-over 75. He is a couple of shots behind Harrison at 6-over and tied for 57th.
Freshman Cyrus Stewart shook-off a shaky opening round and posted a 5-over 76 on Friday.
Three members of the Crimson Tide golf team are in the top-5 of the individual race. Bobby Wyatt leads the way at 9-under par while his teammate Justin Thomas is just a shot back at 8-under. Cory Whitsett is currently fifth at 5-under par.
Wake Forest will be in the first wave off the tenth tee Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. The Deacs are paired with the other two teams tied at 10-under in Long Beach State and Houston. Golfstat.com will have live hole-by-hole scoring of the entire final round.