Golf Moves up Three Spots at NCAA Regional
May 15, 2015
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- Led by senior Brandon Cloete's 4-under par 68, the Marquette University men's golf team shot 16 strokes better than yesterday to climb three spots on the team leaderboard with a 2-over-par 290. The Golden Eagles currently sit in seventh place at 20-over-par through two rounds of competition after carding the third-lowest score of the day.
"I'm proud of the way our guys responded today," Marquette head coach Steve Bailey said. "After a rough day one, Brandon, Pat (Sanchez) and Trevor (Thomas) bounced back and gave our team a huge spark, improving by a combined 27 strokes. We go into every event with an emphasis on toughness and a goal of giving our team a chance to compete for a title on the final day. We did both of those today and we are excited to embrace the opportunity tomorrow."
They will begin final round action at 6 a.m. Central time Saturday in a grouping with No. 21 Alabama (+21) and No. 46 Georgia Southern (+22) on the 10th hole.
Cloete carded his lowest round of the season, which included a total of six birdies as the South African shot under par on both the front and back nine. It was a 13-shot reversal from Thursday's round, during which he carded a 9-over-par 81.
The senior birdied four of the first five holes to begin Friday and shot a 3-over-par 33 on the back nine. Marquette recorded eight birdies over the morning's first six holes and shot four strokes better on Nos. 16 and 17 after shooting 9-over-par on the same holes yesterday.
The Golden Eagles climbed to within seven shots of fifth place but fell back to 11 strokes out with a combined five-over-par on the final hole, No. 9. The team appeared to solve No. 8 with all five golfers at par-or-better on Friday after three individuals shot over par on Thursday, though the squad shot just one-over Thursday on No. 9.
Junior Pat Sanchez was MU's other individual under-par on Friday with a 2-under 70, placing him in a tie for 21st overall at 3-over-par for the tournament. Sanchez was 1-under on each side, despite a double bogey coming into the clubhouse on No. 9.
Nick Nelson and Trevor Thomas each recorded a 4-over-par 76 on the day, while yesterday's low man, redshirt junior CJ Swift carded a 5-over par 77. Swift added to Thursday's five birdies with three on Friday, but a triple bogey on the par-5 second hole dropped him down the leaderboard.
To advance out of the regional, the Golden Eagles will need to make up 11 strokes Saturday on No. 33 UNLV which sits at +9 for the tournament.
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