Pullman Regional: California in command
Friday, May 17, 2013
Team leader: Cal (35-under 541)
Individual leader: Sam Smith, USC (18-under 126)
In position: 2. USC (552), 3. St. Mary's, Calif. (557), 4. TCU (561), T-5. San Diego State (563), T-5. Pacific (563)
Chasing: T-7. Ball State (565), T-7. Virginia Tech (565), 9. BYU (573)
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Sam I am
USC's Sam Smith has now made three eagle-2s in 36 holes and holds a commanding six-shot lead in the individual race.
Smith followed his course- and school-record 62 with a second-round 64. Smith is six shots ahead of Cal's Michael Weaver, the 2012 U.S. Amateur runner-up.
Smith made just six pars Friday. He had two eagles, seven birdies and three bogeys. He made eagles on the par-4 second and 14th holes. Smith also eagled the par-4 15th hole in the first round. All three eagles came after he drove the green. His eagle putts came from 2, 3 and 15 feet.
He went birdie-eagle on Nos. 14 and 15 in the second round, then bogeyed the par-3 16th before closing with birdies on the final two holes.
Palouse Ridge has five par 5s. He has made birdies on nine of the 10 par 5s this week.
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Cal on a roll
No. 1 Cal shot the day's low score for the second consecutive round and opened up an 11-shot lead on Pac-12 rival USC.
The Bears shot 12-under 276 Friday after posting a school-record 265 in the first round. Weaver is in second place after shooting 65-67, and Joel Stalter (65-68) is in third. Michael Kim, the No. 1 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, is sixth after opening with rounds of 69-68.
Brandon Hagy (T-12) and Pac-12 individual champion Max Homa (T-34) each shot 73 Friday.
Weaver was 1 under through 13 holes before making birdies on four of his last five holes Friday. Kim made just one bogey in the second round, and Stalter made birdie on three of the final four holes.
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UC Davis' Tyler Raber and Utah Valley's Mason Casper are the low players among those competing as individuals. Both are T-8 at 6-under 138. . . . Palouse Ridge played to a 73.45 scoring average Friday, three shots higher than in Thursday's first round. Forty of the 75 players are under par through two rounds.