West: Cal rides Kim to one-shot lead over SDSU
Friday, May 18, 2012
A look at the second round of the West Regional at the par-70 Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.
Top team: California (276-270 -- 14-under 546)
Top individual: Michael Kim, California, 9-under 131
Top teams: 2. San Diego State (547), T-3. Stanford, UAB (552), 5. Tennessee (553)
Chasing: 6. San Francisco (554), 7. Oregon State (556), 8. UCF (557)
West Coast is the best coast? The top of the leaderboard seems to dictate that. Pac-12 Conference champs California overcame a lackluster first round with a 10-under 270 on Friday, riding Michael Kim (64), Brandon Hagy (66) and Max Homa (68) to a one-shot lead over San Diego State. The Golden Bears have won two of their last three tournaments, including a come-from-behind performance at the Pac-12 Championship at the Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore.
But Cal will have two other West Coast teams to contend with come Saturday morning: San Diego State and host Stanford.
San Diego State had the round of the day with a 15-under 265, bouncing back from a horrible first round that saw them 2 over and a tie for eighth place. The Aztecs got under-par rounds from each of their players, led by J.J. Spaun's 7-under 63, the low round of the day. Alex Kang (67), Tom Berry (67) and Matt Hoffenberg (68) all shot in the 60s as well.
Stanford is six shots back heading into the final round, but will have home-course advantage and two hot players in U.S. Palmer Cup team members Patrick Rodgers (66) and Andrew Yun (69).
Standing out: While the team competition is heating up, a pair of individuals participating by themselves are making some noise in the race for medalist. Pepperdine's Josh Anderson and BYU's Zachary Blair both sit one shot off Kim's lead at 9 under.
Blair has gone 66-66 to open, while Anderson went 67-65. Blair shared the lead with LSU's Sang Yi after Round 1, but Yi faltered with an even-par 70 to fall back to T-8. Yi was the only player at T-8 or better - 13 players to be exact - to not break par on Friday.
Short shots: A day after surprisingly landing atop the leaderboard, San Francisco fell back to earth with a 1-over 281, but is only one shot behind Tennessee for the fifth and final qualifying spot . . . Behind Matt Rawitzer (5 under) and Nick Chianello (4 under), Oregon State got itself back into contention with the second-best round of the day, firing an 11-under 269 to get to 4 under for the tournament and three shots back of the Vols . . . Of the top 13 players on the leaderboard, six are from West Coast schools . . . For the field, 11 players have shot in the 60s in both rounds.