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By RON BALICKI
Senior Writer

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Following Friday’s third round at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship there was one common question asked by players, coaches and spectators.

“What golf course did Kevin Chappell play?”

The UCLA senior had just completed a 4-under 68 in extremely windy conditions on a difficult Pete Dye-designed, 7,450-yard Kampen Course at Purdue’s Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.

It was the low round of the day, no one else was able to break 70.

Not only did the performance vault Chappell into the individual lead, it also boosted the Bruins into the top spot of the team standings with a round to play.

Chappell stands at 6-under 210, four shots clear of Clemson’s Kyle Stanley (74) and Washington’s Nick Taylor (73). Second-round leader Billy Horschel is five behind after a 76.

With Chappell leading the way, UCLA shot 10-over 298 for a 24-over 888 total. The Bruins will take a three-shot lead over USC (300) and second-round leader Clemson (302) into the final 18 holes. Another two shots back at 893 is defending champion Stanford, which posted Friday’s low round (296) to keep alive its hopes of becoming the first team since Houston in 1984-85 to win consecutive Division I golf titles.

The Cardinal were 7 under after eight holes, but played No. 9 in 5 over and the back side in 10 over.

“We’ve worked really hard all year to get ourselves in this position,” said Chappell, who has won once this season. “Now what we have to do is come out tomorrow, enjoy the moment, and finish the job.”

First-year Bruin coach Derek Freeman said Chappell’s play was a confidence boost to the team.

“When Kevin got under par early it added a level of security for everyone,” Freeman said. “Considering the conditions, the difficulty of the course and the situation, Kevin’s round was pretty amazing.”

In looking toward the final round, Freeman said, “No doubt there’s going to be some nerves out there, but that’s okay. What we have to do is come up with a good game plan and then work on it shot by shot. Mainly, I’ll tell the guys to just go out there and enjoy the moment. They’ve put themselves in a position to win and as a coach, that’s all you can ask for going into the final round.”

Clemson’s third round was somewhat like the previous day when the Tigers jumped into contention by shooting 11 under on its last nine holes after playing its first nine 11 over.

Clemson played the front nine in 10 over Friday and the back side in 4 over. The key stretch was the final four holes, which the Tigers played in even par. USC was 12 over and UCLA 5 over in that same stretch of holes.

“To me, that 4 over on the back was just as impressive as yesterday’s 11 under,” said Clemson coach Larry Penley. “We could have easily folded our tents. Instead the guys dug down deep and came up with another impressive performance. We just need to find a way to get started.”

Probably the most notable thing about USC’s showing thus far is it has put itself in position to win with little help from its No. 1 player Jamie Lovemark, the defending champion and college golf’s reigning player of the year.

Lovemark had the Trojans’ high round the first day (79), followed by a 75 and 78, which equaled the team’s high round Friday.

“The way to win out here is to have five players who are contributing and I feel we have that,” said USC coach Chris Zambri. “Overall, we had a solid day today, but struggled coming in.

“But we’re only three back and on this golf course that’s nothing. As Magic Johnson would say, ‘It’s winning time.’ And they’re in position to see if they can do it.”

Chappell, who double bogeyed the 18th hole the previous day and was three shots behind when the third round began, made a statement early on. He made good par saves at Nos. 1 and 4, and birdied Nos. 2 , 5 and 8 to get to 5 under for the tournament.

After a bogey at No. 9, he birdied Nos. 10, 12 and 13 to stand 5 under on the day and 7 under for the tournament. But the 484-yard, par-4 18th hole got him again. He closed with a bogey, but it was one that could have been a triple.

Chappell pulled his tee shot and hit a provisional ball, thinking his first might be out of bounds. The ball was in play, about two feet inside the OB line, and while his lie was good, he had to stand on a tree root.

His foot slipped on the root while he was hitting his second shot, causing him to push it well right into the knee-high rough about 25 yards short of the green.

“I was lucky to find my ball in that rough,” Chappell said. “I wanted to just pitch out, but coach (Freeman) said he thought I could get it on the green.”

He went with Freeman’s choice and his wedge shot landed on the green and rolled just to the back fringe, where he two-putted for what he termed, “one of the best bogeys I’ve ever made.”

As he sat in the scorer’s tent, Chappell said it finally dawned on him what he just did on the day.

“I said to myself, ‘Wow. That was a really good round,’ ” he said. “I’d have to say it was one of the top five rounds I’ve ever played. Now what I have to do is get a good night’s sleep and come out tomorrow and keep doing what I’ve been doing.”

Considering the way the Kampen Course has been playing all week, that might be a lot easier said than done.

And should UCLA hang on and win the title, it would be the school’s first since 1988. And for Chappell, a victory would make him the first Bruin to ever claim the individual title.

• • •

Ron Balicki is a Golfweek senior writer. To reach him e-mail [email protected]

Scores with relation to par from the third round of the NCAA Division IMen’s Championship, played May 30 at the par-72, 7,450-yard KampenCourse at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind. (Note:y-played as individual; play suspended due to inclement weather):

TEAMS

1. UCLA 297-293-298–888 + 24

2. USC 297-294-300–891 + 27

2. Clemson 301-288-302–891 + 27

4. Stanford 309-288-296–893 + 29

5. Oklahoma St. 298-296-301–895 + 31

6. Florida 302-291-306–899 + 35

7. Kent St. 301-297-302–900 + 36

8. Georgia 303-293-305–901 + 37

9. Washington 305-290-307–902 + 38

10. Louisville 311-296-0–607 + 39 thru 15 10. Alabama 309-297-297–903 + 39

12. San Diego St. 310-303-0–613 + 40 thru 13 13. Charlotte 306-295-306–907 + 43

14. Auburn 306-304-0–610 + 45 thru 15 14. Texas A&M 309-294-306–909 + 45

16. Texas 311-309-0–620 + 48 thru 10 17. UC-Irvine 320-297-0–617 + 49 thru 11 17. Middle Tennessee St. 309-293-311–913 + 49

19. UAB 311-297-0–608 + 50 thru 15 20. Wake Forest 314-304-0–618 + 51 thru 11 21. Arizona St. 311-293-312–916 + 52

21. Illinois 302-302-312–916 + 52

23. Indiana 313-310-0–623 + 54 thru 9 24. East Tennessee St. 313-300-0–613 + 56 thru 13 25. Penn St. 315-298-0–613 + 57 thru 13 26. Oregon 315-304-0–619 + 63 thru 10 27. Mississippi St. 326-297-0–623 + 64 thru 10 28. Virginia 312-307-0–619 + 65 thru 11 29. Augusta St. 326-308-0–634 + 73 thru 9 30. St. Mary's (CA) 333-309-0–642 + 78 thru 9 • • •

INDIVIDUALS

1. Kevin Chappell, UCLA 69-73-68–210
-6

2. Kyle Stanley, Clemson 72-68-74–214
-2

2. Nick Taylor, Washington 75-66-73–214
-2

4. Billy Horschel, Florida 72-67-76–215
-1

5. Tim Sluiter, USC 70-73-73–216
E

6. y-Joel Sjoholm, Georgia St. 72-72-75–219 + 3

6. Derek Fathauer, Louisville 77-72-0–149 + 3 thru 15 6. Jorge Campillo, Indiana 75-70-0–145 + 3 thru 9 9. Rob Grube, Stanford 78-69-73–220 + 4

9. David Palm, SDSU 76-72-0–148 + 4 thru 14 11. Rickie Fowler, Okla. St. 74-77-70–221 + 5

11. Hudson Swafford, Georgia 73-69-79–221 + 5

13. David Markle, Kent St. 70-76-76–222 + 6

13. Jason Millard, MTSU 77-72-73–222 + 6

13. Adam Rainaud, Louisville 77-71-0–148 + 6 thru 15 13. Kevin Foley, Penn St. 75-73-0–148 + 6 thru 14 17. Rory Hie, USC 74-72-77–223 + 7

17. Sihwan Kim, Stanford 77-72-74–223 + 7

17. Gareth Shaw, ETSU 74-73-0–147 + 7 thru 14 17. Webb Simpson, W. Forest 73-77-0–150 + 7 thru 11 17. Bobby Hudson, Texas 78-73-0–151 + 7 thru 10 17. Chadd Cocco, St. Mary’s 76-74-0–150 + 7 thru 9 17. H. Norlander, Augusta St. 75-72-0–147 + 7 thru 9 24. Ignacio Elvira, Texas A&M 77-72-75–224 + 8

24. Matthew Giles, USC 78-74-72–224 + 8

24. Trent Whitekiller, Okla. St. 77-74-73–224 + 8

27. Jordan Cox, Stanford 79-71-75–225 + 9

27. Scott Langley, Illinois 74-76-75–225 + 9

27. Ben Martin, Clemson 74-77-74–225 + 9

27. Adam Mitchell, Georgia 78-72-75–225 + 9

27. Andrea Pavan, Texas A&M 75-73-77–225 + 9

27. Michael Thompson, Alabama 76-74-75–225 + 9

27. y-J. van der Vaart, Va. Tech 77-75-73–225 + 9

27. Johan Carlsson, SDSU 80-73-0–153 + 9 thru 13 27. Robert Rohanna, Penn St. 76-74-0–150 + 9 thru 13 36. David Ludlow, Kent St. 78-75-73–226 + 10

36. Corey Nagy, Charlotte 80-70-76–226 + 10

36. S. Wiedergruen, Charlotte 74-74-78–226 + 10

36. Steven Groover, Auburn 78-76-0–154 + 10 thru 17 36. Brendan Gielow, W. Forest 79-71-0–150 + 10 thru 12 36. Tim Cha, UCI 77-74-0–151 + 10 thru 11 36. Lance Lopez, Texas 76-78-0–154 + 10 thru 11 43. Zach Bixler, Washington 74-76-77–227 + 11

43. Chris DeForest, Illinois 75-70-82–227 + 11

43. Erik Flores, UCLA 76-75-76–227 + 11

43. John Hahn, Kent St. 83-71-73–227 + 11

43. Mark Harrell, Alabama 79-73-75–227 + 11

43. Russell Henley, Georgia 74-78-75–227 + 11

43. Braxton Marquez, ASU 78-71-78–227 + 11

43. Kevin Tway, Okla. St. 81-70-76–227 + 11

43. Adam Hadwin, Louisville 78-76-0–154 + 11 thru 16 43. Carlos Sainz, Miss. St. 81-75-0–156 + 11 thru 11 43. y-Dan Woltman, Wisconsin 82-71-0–153 + 11 thru 9 54. Rick Cochran, MTSU 75-73-80–228 + 12

54. Dodge Kemmer, Stanford 78-76-74–228 + 12

54. Matthew Swan, Alabama 75-79-74–228 + 12

54. Patton Kizzire, Auburn 79-75-0–154 + 12 thru 16 54. Brad Smith, UAB 75-71-0–146 + 12 thru 15 54. Gordon Strother, Auburn 75-77-0–152 + 12 thru 15 54. Zach Sucher, UAB 79-71-0–150 + 12 thru 15 54. Sean Shahi, UCI 80-75-0–155 + 12 thru 12 62. Tyson Alexander, Florida 75-74-80–229 + 13

62. Zach Barlow, Illinois 76-78-75–229 + 13

62. J. Enander Hedin, Charlotte 78-77-74–229 + 13

62. Phillip Francis, UCLA 76-73-80–229 + 13

62. Brian Harman, Georgia 78-75-76–229 + 13

62. Phillip Mollica, Clemson 75-72-82–229 + 13

62. Jay Moseley, Auburn 76-76-0–152 + 13 thru 15 62. John Chin, UCI 83-73-0–156 + 13 thru 13 62. Joey Benedetti, Oregon 74-80-0–154 + 13 thru 10 71. R. Gates, Jr., Texas A&M 77-77-76–230 + 14

71. Jesper Kennegard, ASU 80-75-75–230 + 14

71. Craig Leslie, UCLA 76-80-74–230 + 14

71. Matt Hoffenberg, SDSU 84-75-0–159 + 14 thru 16 71. Charlie Holland, Texas 75-80-0–155 + 14 thru 11 76. B. Burgoon, Texas A&M 80-73-78–231 + 15

76. Lucas Lee, UCLA 79-72-80–231 + 15

76. David May, Clemson 80-74-77–231 + 15

76. Trevor Murphy, Charlotte 77-74-80–231 + 15

76. Will Strickler, Florida 79-74-78–231 + 15

76. Adam West, UAB 74-83-0–157 + 15 thru 16 76. Seamus Power, ETSU 83-72-0–155 + 15 thru 13 76. Will Collins, Virginia 78-78-0–156 + 15 thru 12 76. Noah Goldman, Miss. St. 77-75-0–152 + 15 thru 10 85. Kent Bulle, MTSU 77-77-78–232 + 16

85. T. Huang Choo, Washington 84-72-76–232 + 16

85. Stephan Gross, ASU 76-78-78–232 + 16

85. Mark Johnson, Okla. St. 74-76-82–232 + 16

85. Jamie Lovemark, USC 79-75-78–232 + 16

85. Sam Saunders, Clemson 81-74-77–232 + 16

85. Manuel Villegas, Florida 76-80-76–232 + 16

85. Rhys Enoch, ETSU 75-80-0–155 + 16 thru 15 85. Chris McCartin, W. Forest 84-77-0–161 + 16 thru 14 85. Greg Carlin, Virginia 77-80-0–157 + 16 thru 13 85. Seth Brandon, Indiana 78-79-0–157 + 16 thru 9 96. James Byrne, ASU 78-74-81–233 + 17

96. Brett Cairns, Kent St. 78-75-80–233 + 17

96. Tom Glissmeyer, USC 75-80-78–233 + 17

96. Steve Ziegler, Stanford 76-79-78–233 + 17

96. Glenn Northcutt, Auburn 77-79-0–156 + 17 thru 17 96. Kyle Sapp, UAB 84-76-0–160 + 17 thru 17 96. Kenny Kim, UCI 80-78-0–158 + 17 thru 14 96. Matt Fast, Miss. St. 84-74-0–158 + 17 thru 12 96. Kyle Stough, Virginia 75-73-0–148 + 17 thru 11 96. Alex Martin, Indiana 81-78-0–159 + 17 thru 10 96. y-James Sacheck, TCU 78-80-0–158 + 17 thru 9 107. Joseph Sykora, Alabama 79-82-73–234 + 18

107. Cian McNamara, ETSU 81-75-0–156 + 18 thru 16 107. Jace Moore, Texas 82-79-0–161 + 18 thru 12 107. Drew Allenspach, Indiana 79-83-0–162 + 18 thru 10 107. y-Eric Shriver, Pepperdine 80-76-0–156 + 18 thru 9 112. Knut Borsheim, ASU 79-73-83–235 + 19

112. Tyler Brown, Florida 83-76-76–235 + 19

112. A. DiBitetto, Charlotte 77-80-78–235 + 19

112. Trent Leon, Okla. St. 73-76-86–235 + 19

112. y-Derek Tolan, Colorado 74-77-84–235 + 19

112. Aaron Goldberg, SDSU 74-85-0–159 + 19 thru 15 112. Derek Sipe, Oregon 80-74-0–154 + 19 thru 11 112. Jake Amos, Augusta St. 84-74-0–158 + 19 thru 9 120. Tom Ballinger, Kent St. 75-80-81–236 + 20

120. Larry Blatt, Illinois 77-79-80–236 + 20

120. Chas Narramore, MTSU 80-76-80–236 + 20

120. D. Wallace, Washington 79-76-81–236 + 20

120. Dustin Groves, W. Forest 80-79-0–159 + 20 thru 13 120. Tarik Can, Augusta St. 82-80-0–162 + 20 thru 10 120. Robert McRae, St. Mary’s 84-76-0–160 + 20 thru 9 127. Harvin Groft, Penn St. 83-75-0–158 + 21 thru 15 127. Kevin Schultz, Texas 83-79-0–162 + 21 thru 12 127. Josh Oller, Miss. St. 84-73-0–157 + 21 thru 11 130. John Wise, Washington 77-79-82–238 + 22

130. K. Clements, Louisville 80-79-0–159 + 22 thru 17 130. Amory Davis, Virginia 82-77-0–159 + 22 thru 14 130. Sean Maekawa, Oregon 78-82-0–160 + 22 thru 12 134. Nick Bailes, MTSU 86-72-81–239 + 23

134. Jack Dukeminier, Oregon 90-74-0–164 + 23 thru 12 134. Isaiah Telles, Oregon 83-76-0–159 + 23 thru 11 137. TJ Howe, Penn St. 84-76-0–160 + 24 thru 16 138. Chad Moscovic, SDSU 80-83-0–163 + 25 thru 17 138. Josh Kelley, St. Mary’s 87-79-0–166 + 25 thru 10 140. Harris English, Georgia 86-77-79–242 + 26

140. M. Van Zandt, Texas A&M 82-76-84–242 + 26

140. Josh Bevell, Miss. St. 84-78-0–162 + 26 thru 12 143. Matt Hoffman, Illinois 80-78-85–243 + 27

143. Matt Hughes, Alabama 90-71-82–243 + 27

143. Daryl Fathauer, Louisville 79-77-0–156 + 27 thru 17 143. Mike Oimoen, UAB 83-79-0–162 + 27 thru 17 143. Daniel Cone, St. Mary’s 86-80-0–166 + 27 thru 10 148. Santiago Quirarte, Indiana 83-84-0–167 + 28 thru 11 149. Keith Guest, Augusta St. 85-83-0–168 + 29 thru 10 150. Max Greil, UCI 85-75-0–160 + 30 thru 14 150. Michael McRae, St. Mary’s 89-81-0–170 + 30 thru 11 152. M. Krywulycz, Augusta St. 89-82-0–171 + 31 thru 11 153. Jim Markovitz, Penn St. 81-79-0–160 + 32 thru 17 153. Steven Rojas, Virginia 88-79-0–167 + 32 thru 14 155. Travis Wadkins, W. Forest 82-88-0–170 + 34 thru 14 156. Simon Doherty, ETSU 85-83-0–168 + 40 thru 17

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