June 1, 2006
SUNRIVER, Ore. -- The South Carolina men's golf team carded a team score of 296 Thursday in the second round of the NCAA Men's Golf Championship, played at Crosswater Golf Club (Par 72 -- 7,630 yards) in Sunriver, Ore. The Gamecocks, along with fellow Southeastern Conference team Auburn, stand in 23rd place and five strokes out of the top 15.
The tournament's third round is scheduled for Friday and the Gamecocks will tee off beginning at 4:07 p.m. EDT. Following play tomorrow, the 30-team field is cut in half for the final 18 holes on Saturday.
"We were on the verge of a solid round and the opportunity to play with the top 15 teams on Friday morning," head coach Puggy Blackmon said. "We played the final hole five-over-par and dropped eight places. The more experienced teams have the ability to finish a round and we aren't there yet. The guys seemed to bounce back better today following bad holes, but the final hole was a big disappointment. We are in a similar position as we were at regionals, being five shots back (entering the final round) but the challenge will be tougher because everybody here can play. Everyone continues to be upbeat and knows that we are very close to being a very competitive team."
Senior Eirik Johansen turned in the best round of any Gamecock by shooting an even-par 72 today. The team captain, who is playing in his 50th and final event for Carolina, is tied for 92nd.
Freshman Florian Fritsch is USC's leader individually. The Wiesloch, Germany, product recorded 14 pars today to finish the second round with a two-over 74. He is at 70-74=144 and currently stands in a tie for 34th place.
Allen Koon played the front nine two-under par but had a rough go of it on the back nine and finished with 76. Koon is tied with Johansen for 92nd place with a total score of 72-76-146.
Warren Thomas is tied for 117th with rounds of 74-76=150. Sophomore Mark Anderson is one stroke back of Thomas with a total score of 77-74-151 and tied for 122nd.
Washington surged to the top of the leader board on Thursday and is 13-under par. The Huskies lead second-place teams Arizona State and Wake Forest by three strokes.
South Carolina Individuals
T34th Florian Fritsch 70-74=144 (E)
T92nd Allen Koon 72-76=146 (+4)
T92nd Eirik Johansen 76-72=146 (+4)
T117th Warren Thomas 74-76= 148 (+6)
T122nd Mark Anderson 77-74=151 (+7)