Team leader: North Florida (27-under 549)
Individual leader: M.J. Maguire, North Florida (11-under 133)
In position: 2. Washington (551), 3. Florida State (553), 4. Oregon (562), T-5. Georgia Tech (564), T-5. South Florida (564)
Chasing: 7. Oklahoma (565), 8. Oregon State (577), 9. Wake Forest (580), 10. North Carolina State (582).
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Charlie and the birdie factory
Top-seeded Washington cut North Florida’s lead in half Friday and trails by just two shots entering Saturday’s final round.
The Huskies were led by Chris Williams and Cheng-Tsung Pan in the first round, as the pair combined to shoot 9 under Thursday. But it was Charlie Hughes who stepped up for Washington on Friday.
Hughes, a senior who has played in two NCAA Championships for the Huskies, shot the round of the day, carding a 7-under 65 to move into a tie for sixth.
The bogey-free round included three birdies and an eagle. It was a much cleaner card than the one Hughes produced in a first-round 71, a card that included eight birdies but also three bogeys and two double bogeys.
Pan added a second consecutive 67 to move into a tie for second, and Williams (T-13) gives the Huskies three players in the top 15.
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Among the top names on the leaderboard after two rounds are several notables.
You have the leader, North Florida sophomore M.J. Maguire, who is ranked No. 25 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Then there is Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan (No. 15) and Florida State’s Chase Seiffert (No. 44), who are tied for second. North Florida’s Sean Dale (No. 9) and Kevin Phelan (No. 37) and Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson (No. 24) also are in the top 10.
But then you have Richmond’s Daniel Walker (No. 256), who is playing as an individual, and South Florida’s Richard James (No. 270), who are tied for fourth. Walker shot 67 Friday, making five birdies and no bogeys.
Davidson’s Richard Fountain (T-13) is the next highest player competing as an individual.
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Three teams shot 11 under or better Friday: Washington (13-under 275), Florida State (276) and North Florida (277). . . . While the top 3 teams – North Florida, Washington and Florida State – have separated themselves from the field, Saturday’s battle for the Nos. 4 and 5 spots should be a competitive one. Oregon is in the No. 4 spot, two strokes ahead of Georgia Tech and South Florida. Oklahoma, which shot 7 under Friday, is another shot back in seventh.