Georgia Tech, Scott lead the way at East Regional
Team leader: Georgia Tech, 5-over 582
Individual leader: Abraham Ancer, Oklahoma, 3-under 141; Kyle Scott, Georgia Tech, 141
In position (the next four): 2. Duke (585), 3. Oklahoma (588), 4. Kent State (592), 5. LSU (596)
Chasing (still work to do): 6. Coastal Carolina (599), 7. Virginia Tech (600), 8. Virginia (602), 9. East Carolina (606)
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Tech on top: Georgia Tech maintained its position atop the leaderboard Friday at the East Regional, shooting a second-round 5-over 293 to take a three-stroke lead over Duke into the final day. Kyle Scott (73) still has a share of the individual lead as he hopes to lead Tech to its first regional title since 2002.
“We got off to a bad start today,” Georgia Tech coach Bruce Heppler said. “We were 4 or 5 over through three holes, so we kind of hung in there and played well through stretches of the round. I’m happy with how we played. Obviously, it wasn’t our best round. But the guys did a good job of hanging in there.”
Georgia Tech has four players in the top 22 individually: Scott (T-1), James White (T-3), J.T. Griffin (T-17) and Richy Werenski (T-22). Paul Haley, who won the ACC Championship last month, posted a second consecutive 76 Friday and is tied for 38th.
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Brute of a course: At 7,685 yards, the Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech continues to confound players. It is the only one of the six regionals in which no team has broken par after 36 holes. The best round of the day Friday was a 2-over 290 by Duke, which moved the Blue Devils into second place.
The demanding course, however, has created some separation on the leaderboard. At 5-over 582, Georgia Tech is 14 strokes clear of fifth-place LSU. The top 5 teams after Saturday’s round will advance to the NCAA Championship.
Only two players – Oklahoma’s Abraham Ancer and Georgia Tech’s Scott – are under par individually, with the best round Friday shot by LSU’s Sang Yi (69).
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Short shots: After a disappointing opening round, LSU moved into position to advance to the NCAA Championship with a 3-over 290 on Friday, the second-best round of the day. Yi (69) and John Peterson (72), who won the Jones Cup earlier this year, led the Tigers. ... Host Virginia Tech has work to do to prevail on their home course. The Hokies fired their second consecutive 12-over 300 on Friday and sit in seventh, four strokes back of fifth-place LSU.
– Ryan Lavner