Stanford, Wilson on top of NCAA leaderboard
Sunday, May 25, 2014
HUTCHINSON, Kan. – It was just another 36-hole day for Cameron Wilson.
The Stanford senior shot a bogey-free 7-under 63 Saturday at Prairie Dunes Country Club in the second round of the NCAA Championship to take a share of the lead.
“It was a fun afternoon,” Wilson added.
After a “good range session” between the two rounds, Wilson went out and lit up the par-70, 6,941-yard course.
He had a few good looks at the beginning of the round that didn’t drop for him, but once he made birdie at the third, and back-to-back birdies at Nos. 6 and 7, he knew it was on.
PHOTOS: NCAA Championships (Saturday)
View images from a very long day of play on Saturday of the Men's NCAA Division 1 National Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
He accumulated two more birdies and an eagle throughout his round. His eagle came at the par-4 11th when holed out from a fairway bunker, 185 yards out.
“You've got to have a little of that (luck) to shoot a low round, and he did,” Stanford head coach Conrad Ray said. “He played great. He stayed confident the whole day, and I appreciated that from him.”
Wilson sits at 6-under 143 for the championship after a round of 71 in Round 1.
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As the wind remained calm most of the afternoon, it also allowed Stanford to grab the lead after a blistering 13-under 267 in the second round – five shots better than any other team in the field. The Cardinal lead by four strokes over South Carolina – yet to start its second round – and Alabama.
Stanford counted four scores in the 60s, including from the No. 1 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, Patrick Rodgers. Rodgers shot 2-under 68, good enough to move to third place as play was halted.
“We have the formula of what it takes to play our best golf, and we just need to stick to that,” Rodgers said.
Stanford’s 13 under was right in front of No. 1 Alabama and No. 5 Oklahoma State – two favorites heading into the championship – which gives the Cardinal more momentum moving into the third round.
“Our guys are confident in what they are doing,” Ray said. “We’ve just tried to keep it us against the golf course. I didn’t see our guys looking over their shoulders a lot. They knew they needed to take care of their business.”
Played was called at 8:30 p.m. CT because of darkness. Play will resume at 7 a.m. CT, weather permitting. The second round for the other 15 teams in Saturday’s morning wave is also set for 7 a.m. CT.