East: Liberty takes six-shot lead over SMU
A look at the East Regional after the second round:
Top team: Liberty, even-par 576
Top individual: Matt Schovee (SMU), 7-under 137
In position: 2. SMU (582); 3. Florida (586); T-4. Auburn (588); T-4. Lamar (588)
Chasing: 6. Texas Tech (589); 7. Tulsa. (590); 8. Indiana (591)
GIVE ME LIBERTY: Liberty, No. 31 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, shot 293 Friday but increased its lead to six shots. The Flames, who are at even-par 576, are six shots ahead of surprising SMU.
Liberty has been the clubhouse leader for eight straight rounds, dating back to the River Landing Intercollegiate (April 6-7) and the Big South Men's Golf Championship (April 16-17). The Flames captured those previous two titles.
Liberty’s Robert Karlsson, a two-time Big South Conference individual champion, is in second place individually after rounds of 70-69, two shots behind SMU’s Matt Schovee. Liberty has won the past two Big South Conference team titles.
Karlsson’s 69 was the team’s only under-par round Friday. Chase Marinell, who’s tied for seventh individually, followed his first-round 70 with a 74. Niklas Lindstrom also shot 74 Friday.
GO GATORS: Florida shot 1-under 287 Friday to move from 10th to third place. Florida’s round was the low round of the day by four shots and only the second sub-par round of the event, after Liberty’s first-round 283.
The Gators, No. 18 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, had three players shoot par or better Friday. T.J. Vogel led with 70, eight shots better than Thursday’s round. Vogel, ranked sixth in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, is the field’s highest-ranked player. J.D. Tomlinson shot 71, while Tyler McCumber added a 72.
Florida’s SEC foe, Auburn, also made a move on Friday. The Tigers, No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, shot 4-over 292 to move from eighth to fourth. The Tigers are tied with Lamar at 588. Auburn was led by Blayne Barber’s 68 and Dominic Bozelli’s 70. No other Tiger shot lower than 76 Friday.
Barber’s 68 was Friday’s low round. He made four birdies and no bogeys.
Short shots: SMU remained in second place at 6-over 582. The Mustangs are six shots ahead of the two teams tied for fourth. SMU is in its first year under head coach Josh Gregory, who guided Augusta State to the past two NCAA titles. SMU’s Matt Schovee has a two-shot lead over Liberty’s Robert Karlsson in the individual race. Schovee is at 7-under 137 (67-70). ... Campbell’s Vaita Guillaume, who is playing as an individual, is tied for third after rounds of 70-71.