May 17, 2016
MARANA, Ariz. – The Oregon men’s golf team enters the final round of NCAA Regional play in second overall after 36 holes of action at The Gallery Golf Club. Junior Thomas Lim sits in second on the player leaderboard, just a stroke back of individual leader Franklin Huang of Stanford.
How It Happened: Oregon carded an even-par 288 in Tuesday’s second round to surpass UAB for second place after moving day. UAB trails the Ducks by a stroke, while North Florida (E) holds the No. 4 spot and No. 13 California (+4) rounds out the top five. No. 1 Stanford continues to lead the field at 18-under overall after a 4-under 284 for its second round.
Junior Thomas Lim turned in another impressive performance for his second round, following up a 69 on Monday with a 4-under 68 to improve to 7-under overall. Lim dropped in seven birdies to three bogeys on the day to move into a tie for second with UAB’s Lee Hodges.
After opening his round with birdies on the third and six holes, Lim bogeyed both the eighth and the ninth to fall back to even par for the day heading into the turn. The Moorpark, Calif., native was able to recover on the back, sinking five birdies, including on both the 17th and 18th to finish strong.
Aaron Wise and Sulman Raza are knotted in a tie for 13th at even par after Tuesday’s second round.
Wise fired an even 72 for the second straight day after bouncing back from a triple on the par-4 eighth. The sophomore standout responded with a pair of consecutive birdies at the turn to move back to even par heading onto the 11th. Wise traded two bogeys for two birdies over the final six holes to hold steady with a 36-hole total of 144 heading into the final 18.
After a 1-under 71 in his first round, Raza opened his second with two birdies over his first four holes. A pair of unfortunate doubles on the par-4 fifth and the par-5 ninth, mixed in with a birdie on the par-3 seventh, put the redshirt junior at 1-over after his first nine. The Eugene product remained steady for the remainder of the day, however, and would turn in an even 36 on the back to finish off his round.
Edwin Yi carded a 75 for his second round after birdies on the seventh and ninth to approach the turn at 2-under, the freshman ran into some trouble on the back with three bogeys, along with a double on the par-4 13th. After 36 holes, Yi sits tied for 41st.
Following a 1-over 73 Monday, Zach Foushee turned in a 79 to tie for 45th heading into his final round.
What It Means: With 36 holes in the rearview, Oregon holds an eight-stroke lead over No. 12 Wake Forest who is currently in sixth overall, just outside the cutline. Even with a little bit of cushion, the Ducks will look to finish strong on Wednesday in hopes of locking down the opportunity to compete for a national title at Eugene Country Club come next week’s NCAA Championships.
Up Next: Once again, paired with Stanford and UAB, the Ducks will tee off for the final round of play Wednesday at 8:15 a.m.