Tempe Regional: Knights move up after Eason's 63
Friday, May 17, 2013
Team leader: UCLA (19-under 541)
Individual leader: Greg Eason, Central Florida (12-under 128)
In position: 2. Central Florida (552), 3. Georgia (554), 4. Texas A&M (557), T-5. Arizona State (558), T-5. Duke (558)
Chasing: 7. North Carolina (561), T-8. New Mexico State (564), T-8. Austin Peay State (564)
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Greg Eason was one poor tee shot from making history for Central Florida on Friday.
The UCF junior from England made nine birdies and no bogeys on his first 17 holes at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. He would've shot a new school record if he had parred his final hole, the par-4 ninth. A birdie would've given him a 10-under 60.
Instead, he hit his tee shot in the water, made double bogey and finished with a 63.
Eason has a six-shot lead over teammate Ricardo Gouveia in the individual race. Eason is at 12-under 128 after shooting 65-63. He has had only two over-par holes in his first two rounds at Karsten, making bogey at the par-4 15th in the first round. Eason had birdied Nos. 7 and 8 before closing Friday's round with the double at No. 9.
Gouveia shot 68-66 in the first two rounds. UCF's 272 was the low team score of Round 2, even though Eason and Gouveia were the only two Knights to break par.
"We had 24 birdies among our four scores that counted," Central Florida head coach Bryce Wallor said. "That's a lot of quality shots and good putts. We did a lot of good stuff today. We were fortunate that we went out at 7 a.m. with fresh greens and no wind."
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Bruins still breezing
UCLA holds an 11-shot lead in the team race. All five Bruins are in the top 20 and under par after two rounds.
Pedro Figueiredo, recent winner of the Western Intercollegiate, led UCLA with a 6-under 64 Friday. He was bogey-free on the day, making six birdies.
Anton Arboleda and Jonathan Garrick also shot 69 for the Bruins on Friday. Arboleda and Pontus Widegren are T-9, while Garrick is T-13.
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Fresno State's Rufie Fessler (T-16) is the low player among the five competing as individuals. He shot 68-71 in the first two rounds. . . . UC Santa Barbara's Glen Scher had a hole-in-one on the 157-yard, par-3 seventh hole. He shot 70 after a first-round 79. . . . Host Arizona State shot 6-under 274 to move into a tie for the fifth and final qualifying spot with Duke, the No. 8 team in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Arizona State got a 67 from Trey Ka'ahanui, 68 from Max Rotluff and 69 from Jon Rahm.