San Diego St., Putnam brace for finale in Arizona

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. – With the second round finally complete, and the third and final round well under way, San Diego State and Pepperdine’s Andrew Putnam lead the way heading into the last 18 holes of the Arizona Intercollegiate.

Second-round play Monday at Arizona National Golf Club was stopped by darkness, with teams having between five to nine holes to play. Then, Tuesday morning, the resumption of the second round was delayed by some 40 minutes by frost.

San Diego State shot 286 in the second round for a 3-over-par 571 total, three strokes better than Pepperdine, which shot 289.

Pacific held down third place after a 290 for 11-over 579, while UNLV (287), host Arizona (288) and Texas-El Paso (292) are tied for fourth at 14-over 582.

Putnam followed his first-round-leading 65 with an even-par 71 and stands at 6-under 136, two strokes better than UNLV’s Derek Ernst, who came back from an opening 73 with a second-round-best 65.

New Mexico’s Tom Carlson was next after a 69 for 2-under 140, and Stefan Cox of the Arizona “B” squad and J.J. Spaun of San Diego State were the only other players under par at 141. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.