May 28, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – The 30-team field for the NCAA Championship wrapped up the second round of stroke play Saturday at Eugene Country Club.
The top 15 teams after 54 holes advance to Monday’s final round of stroke play, when the individual champion is crowned and the field is cut for the eight-team match-play bracket.
Here is a quick snapshot of the action:
Team leader: Vanderbilt (+3)
Second place: Southern Cal (+5)
Best of the rest: Arkansas (+6), Oregon and LSU (+8), Arkansas (+9), Texas and Illinois (+10)
Work to do: Arizona State (+11), South Carolina (+12), Florida (+13), Georgia (+15), Stanford (+26)
Individual leader: Justin Suh, USC (-6)
Skinny: The weather was warm and relatively calm for the second round, and as a result scores improved for Day 2. Vanderbilt took a two-shot lead after playing the back nine – the more difficult side – in 6 under as a team. The biggest move of the day was made by host Oregon, which rose 15 spots on the leaderboard, into a tie for fourth, with its best-of-the-week 3-under 277. Also making a move was Alabama, which moved from 15th to sixth thanks in large part to Robby Shelton’s 66. Illinois improved eight spots simply by shooting even par in the second round. Florida had it going on Day 2, only to unravel on the inward nine, shooting 10 over. The field is cut to 15 teams on Sunday night, which means that teams like No. 6 Georgia (T-16), No. 10 Clemson (T-16) and No. 1 Stanford (27) have work to do. Only five shots separate T-7 and T-16. Individually, USC freshman Justin Suh leads the way at 5 under, with Shelton and San Diego State’s Nahum Mendoza III a shot behind. Mendoza had pushed his lead to 8 under, but he made only two pars over the last 11 holes (five bogeys in his last six holes). New this year, the top 15 teams after two rounds are rewarded with a morning tee time, while the second wave of teams 16-30 will go off in the afternoon.