Hogs are even par for the second round so far at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State, and have moved up into a four-way tie for fifth as a result (top 5 will advance to the NCAA nationals at Scottsdale, AZ).
Julian Perico is even par for the day and remains the individual leader for the entire tournament at -3.
Hogs are tied with Duke, Clemson, and San Francisco at +8. Okie Lite leads by five shots at -3. We’re paired with Georgia Tech and Kentucky today. GT is third in the team standings behind both OSUs, and East Tennessee State is fourth.
Early back nine update: Hogs are +1 for the day, +9 overall. Currently in seventh place, three shots out of fifth. Perico is -1 for the day and remains the individual leader, which would get him into nationals even if the team falls short.
Georgia Tech has now tied Okie Lite for the team lead at -4.
All of a sudden, a bunch of birdies on the back nine and we’ve jumped from 7th to 3rd at +5. One of the birdies was by Perico, who is now -5 with a two-shot lead.
So much for that 2-shot lead. Perico went bogey-triple-par-bogey and is back to even par, tied for 10th. Those five shots also dropped the Hogs from third to a tie for sixth late in the round.
That triple bogey was on the 15th hole, which appears to be a fairly straightforward par 4 – no water, one fairway bunker, two greenside bunkers. But there is OB to the left and trees to the right. I’m guessing he hooked his drive onto McCoy Road.
Round is now over. We’re tied for sixth at +10, two shots out of fifth.
And you can go low on this course. Georgia Tech shot -12 today to go from fifth to second place.
Yikes….one more day left correct?
Yup. East Tennessee State now holds that coveted fifth place spot which gets you to nationals.
Realistically, unless somebody gets scorching hot tomorrow like GT did today, ninth-place Northwestern/Wright State (tied) at +16 are as far back as you could expect to challenge for the top five. And we’re six shots ahead of the Wildcats.
And remember that without Perico hitting that presumed OB drive on 15, we’d be in the top 5. It can literally be one bad shot (or one great one) that makes the difference. I saw somebody that made an eagle yesterday.
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