Marquette Golf 7th at Erin Hills Intercollegiate
Oct. 5, 2015
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Nick Nelson shot MU’s best round of the day, with birdies at No. 1 and No. 14, finishing at 71 (1-under-par). Nelson is tied with teammate Pat Sanchez at 3-over-par for the tournament, tied for 23rd overall.
“I was hitting it really well and never was in trouble,” Nelson said. “I thought it was pretty calm and not cold, and there was nothing between you and hitting a good shot. When it’s windy, it seems like the the ball was in the air and is never in your control.
“Today, it went where you put the swing to it.”
“I’m proud of the way Nick competed today,” Marquette head coach Steve Bailey said. “Steady day for him. He’s hitting it really well and if a few putts drop for him, he could really post a good score the way he’s hitting the ball.”
SMU maintained the overall lead, posting an even-par 288 to stay at 8-under-par for the tournament (280-288--568). The Mustangs are four shots clear of No. 4 Oklahoma State, which sits at 4-under-par after a 2-over-par second round. Mississippi posted the best team score of the day, at 6-under-par, jumping two spots to fourth and three shots behind third-place UCLA. The Bruins were the Erin Hills Intercollegiate winner in 2014.
UCLA’s Jonathan Garrick, the 46th-ranked amateur in the world, leads the tournament at 7-under-par (68-69--137), following his second round 69. Mequon native Jordan Niebrugge is tied for third at 4-under-par (69-71--140) after shooting 71 on Monday.
Freshman Oliver Farrell continues to lead Marquette (69-73--142), and is five shots behind Garrick in a ninth-place tie. Farrell shot a 73 in his second round, but is 2-under-par for the tournament.
“We’ve had three different guys shoot under par that are playing for the team - it would be nice to have similar contributions from other spots in the lineup to get where we did last year,” Bailey said. “It’s important to take advantage of the scoreable holes, like No. 14, No. 1 and No. 2, which all played under par for the field.
“We’re looking forward to taking advantage of our experience out here to have a good day and get back into the mix.”
Final round play on Tuesday begins with tee times off No. 1 and No. 10 at 8:30 a.m. CT.
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