Marquette In Contention At Erin Hills
Oct. 6, 2014
ERIN, Wisconsin - After two days of competition, the Marquette University men's golf team finds themselves in third place after carding a second round score of 295 (+ 7) on Monday. Pat Sanchez led all MU individuals by firing an even par 72.
"It's nice to have had multiple days playing with some of the top team's in the county and to hang right in there," said MU head coach Steve Bailey. "We've played this golf course enough. All we ask is to be in contention on the final day. Now, it's all about going out and sticking to the game plan."
Weather conditions improved for round two play as high temperatures climbed into the uppers 50s, and the winds died down allowing for scoring to improve. Scoring average for round two improved to 75.65, which beat yesterday's scoring average by almost a full two shots.
After cutting UCLA's lead to two shots early in the round, which was helped by an opening eagle by Trevor Thomas and birdie by Sanchez, the Golden Eagles lost momentum and the Bruins got on a roll. UCLA quickly gave themselves a sizeable lead and began to build on it. SMU also caught fire at the same time and were able to jump Marquette for second place overall.
Sanchez made 10 straight pars to finish his round and keep Marquette within striking distance of the leaders. Thomas, who went out in 36, finished his round with a 3-over par 75. Brandon Cloete backed up his first-round play with a second consecutive 74. Henry Klongland also added a 74 for the Golden Eagles and Nick Nelson finished his day with a 75.
Cloete, Sanchez and Thomas all sit in a tie for ninth after a two-day total of 148. Sanchez, the reigning BIG EAST Golfer of the Month, will look for his fourth consecutive top-11 finish of 2014, and Cloete can record his second straight top-five performance with a strong showing in round three.
SMU's Bryson Dechambeau now holds the individual lead after his round of 71 (-1). Dechambeau is no stranger to success at Erin Hills after he tied for third in last year's tournament. Two UCLA teammates, Manav Shah and Lorens Chan, will look to chase down Dechambeau who sits one stroke ahead of them.
Marquette continues to lead the way in par-4 scoring. However, UCLA continued to dominate the par 5s. SMU shot the lowest team score of the tournament today by carding a 1-under 287 thanks to three rounds under par.
The tournament will conclude with the third and final round of play scheduled for Tuesday with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. Central time on the first and 10th tees. High temperatures are expected to reach 62 degrees tomorrow with winds reaching 15 mph.
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