May 15, 2018
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BRYAN, Texas -- Marquette freshman Hunter Eichhorn shot a 1-under-par 71 to make an 18-spot jump into a tie for 19th place, while Matt Murlick’s even par 72 brought him up 12 spots into a tie for 25th after two rounds at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship Bryan Regional, hosted by Texas A&M at Traditions Club.
Eichhorn (74-71—145) is 1-over-par through 36 holes, while Murlick (74-72—146) is 2-over-par. Both entered the second round tied for 37th place. Eichhorn is nine strokes behind leaders Chandler Phillips and Brandon Smith of Texas A&M, who are tied for the individual lead at 8-under-par.
Wednesday’s final round will determine qualification for the NCAA Championships, May 25-30 at Karsten Creek G.C. in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The top five teams and top player from a non-advancing team will move on from the Bryan Regional to the 30 team, 156-player national championship.
Eichhorn went out to a 2-under-par start, thanks to his eagle on the Par 5, 584-yard 8th hole. After a double bogey on the Par 4, 381-yard 13th, he made birdies on two of his last four to get back under par for the round. It was Eichhorn’s 17th round of par or better out of 31 total for the season.
Murlick was at even par through 14 holes before he made an eagle on the Par 5, 551-yard 15th, but a double bogey-bogey-birdie finish put his round at an even par 72. Murlick’s round was his 15th of the season at par or better.
Scores were lower on Tuesday on the Par 72, 7,127-yard course, down by nearly a stroke to 73.49 for an average round. Texas A&M is atop the team leaderboard at 18-under-par through 36 holes.
Eichhorn tees off his final round at 9:20 a.m. CT, while Murlick goes off at 9:42 a.m in Wednesday’s final round. Both players will start on hole No. 1.