May 27, 2009
Toledo, Ohio – Cameron Tringale’s 67 matched the best score of the day and led Georgia Tech to a team total of 285 (+1), as the Yellow Jackets made a move up the leaderboard during a weather-delayed second round at the NCAA Men’s Division I Golf Championship.
Heavy rain and lightning forced the golfers off the Inverness Club at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday. Play resumed at 4:05 p.m., with the morning wave able to complete their rounds while the rest hoped to finish nine holes before dark.
Thanks to an early tee time, Georgia Tech and 14 other teams were able to finish their rounds, but the 15 teams who made up the afternoon wave will complete their rounds early Thursday morning. The tentative start time to complete the second round is 6:45 a.m. Tournament officials hope to start the third round at approximately 10 a.m.
The 8th-ranked Yellow Jackets were tied for eighth place among teams that finished their second rounds, but were tied for 13th overall when play was halted due to darkness, five spots better than their position after 18 holes. Scores were significantly lower overall Wednesday despite the delay, and Tech was four strokes shy of eighth place when play was stopped for the night.
The top eight teams after 54 holes will advance to a match-play playoff, which begins Friday morning, to determine the national champion.
Tringale, a senior from Laguna Niguel, Calif., went out in 3-under-par and back in 1-under, never posting a bogey until his final hole, the par-4 ninth, which prevented him from having the day’s best score all to himself. The Ben Hogan Award candidate is tied for ninth place at 1-under-par 141, three strokes off the pace of Georgia’s Russell Henley, who shot 67 Wednesday and has a 36-hole total of 138 (-4).
Junior Chesson Hadley shot his second straight 1-over-par 72 Wednesday, and senior David Dragoo shook off an opening 79 to match Hadley’s score. Sophomore John-Tyler Griffin was the Yellow Jackets’ other counter with a 3-over 74.
Oklahoma State, which shared the first-round lead with Georgia, shot 4-under-par 280 Tuesday and opened up a five-stroke lead on the Bulldogs, who posted a 1-over 285. The Cowboys, who counted four subpar rounds Wednesday, have completed 36 holes in even-par 568. Georgia stands at 573 (+5). Texas A&M, with an 8-under-par score of 276 Tuesday, leaped up the leaderboard to third place at 574 (+6). Arizona State also was in the clubhouse at 575 (+7).
Among the teams that had completed their second rounds, Washington was next at 579 (+11), followed by Arkansas (580, +12) and Tennessee (583, +15). Tech, Southern California and Alabama were tied at 586 (+18).