TUCSON, Ariz. – California made an early second-round surge Monday to grab the lead when play was stopped due to darkness in the Arizona Intercollegiate at Arizona National Golf Club.
The tournament-defendin Bears, who were tied for sixth at 10-over par after the first round, went 2 under through eight holes of their second round. They hold the lead at 8-over par.
Teams had five to10 holes remaining when play was halted in the second round. They will resume play at 8 a.m. Tuesday to complete the second round, then immediately begin the third and final round.
UNLV, also at 2 under after 11 holes completed in the second round, was a shot back at 9 over along with San Diego State, which was 8 over through its first 10 holes, and Texas-El Paso, even par through 13 holes.
Pacific and Pepperdine, both completing 14 holes, were tied for fifth at 10-over, while host Arizona followed at 15 over.
Michael Putnam of Pepperdine and Stephan Cox of the Arizona “B” squad shared the individual lead. Putnam was 2 over after 14 holes of his second round, while Cox was even through 13 holes.
UNLV’s Derek Ernst had the second round’s hot hand. He was 5-under after 11 holes and stood at 3 under for the tournament. David Parsons of El Paso and Max Homa of California were next at 2 under.
Scores were a bit higher than usual for this event as temperatures ranged in the low to mid 50s with winds gusts of 15-20 mph most of the day. There also were periodic rain showers and one bout of hail.
When the first round finally came to an end – it took some teams close to six and a half hours to complete – San Diego State and Pepperdine shared the top spot in the 16-team field. The Aztecs, No. 14 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, and the No. 37 Waves, came in at 1-over par 285.
Pacific and host team Arizona’s “B” squad, shared third place at 289 while Texas-El Paso followed at 293 and New Mexico, Arizona and defending and No. 13-ranked California were a shot back at 294.
Putnam was the first-round leader after a 6-under-par 65. Starting at the eighth hole in the shotgun start, Putnam made six straight pars before making birdies on four of his next five. He then added birdies at Nos. 2 and 5.
Cox was next at 4-under 67. Like Putnam, he had no bogeys. Starting on No. 16, Cox made birdies at 18, 5, 8 and 14.
Alex Edfort of Pacific was another shot back at 68. He bogeyed his second hole of the day, No. 11, then birdied 18, 1, 2, 3 and 5 before a bogey at No. 6.
Homa probably had the most interesting rollercoaster round of the day en route to a 69. Starting at No. 2, Homa birdied his first two holes, then made eagle at the par-5 fifth to get to 4 under after three. But he quickly gave three back when he bogeyed No. 6 and made double at No. 8. He also birdied the par-5 18th.
Only six individuals broke par in the opening 18 holes while nine others shot even par. There were 19 scores of 80 and higher. The average for the 93 scores posted was 76.23.