Tigers Golfers Fall to 20th at NCAA Regional; Wells 17th

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Tigers Golfers Fall to 20th at NCAA Regional; Wells 17th

STANFORD, Calif. — The 30th-ranked LSU men’s golf team sits in 20th place heading into the final round of the NCAA West Regional at Stanford Golf Course after recording a 21-over par 301 in the second round Friday. The Tigers have a two-day total of 35-over 595.

The top 10 teams and the top two individuals not among the top 10 teams in the tournament will qualify to compete in the 2005 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, June 1-4, at Caves Valley Golf Course in Baltimore, Md. LSU is currently 17 strokes behind 10th-place Southern California for a spot in the 30-team field.

“We’ve got to go into play tomorrow full throttle,” said LSU head coach Greg Jones. “We’ve got to go all out for it. We shot ourselves into this position and we’ve got to put up a good number and get some help to advance.”

Sophomore Chris Wells leads the Tigers into the final round after shooting a 2-over 72 in the second round to sit in a tie for 18th with a two-day total of 2-over 142. Freshman Brent Struthers rebounded from a 10-over 80 in the first round with a team-best 1-over 71 on Friday to tie for 90th.

Freshman Beck Troutman is also in a tie for 90th with an 11-over 151, while senior Brandon Aydlett is in a tie for 106th with a 13-over 153 and sophomore Garrett Runion is tied for 128th with a 20-over 160.

Second-ranked and No. 1 seed UNLV leads the tournament by four shots over first-round leader BYU after firing a tournament best 3-under 277 in the second round. The Rebels have a two-day total of 2-under 558.

Oscar Alvarez of BYU continues to lead the tournament by four shots after following his course record 7-under 63 in the first round with a 1-over 71 on Thursday. Four players sit in a tie for second with a 2-under 138 for the championship.

Final-round action begins Saturday at 9:12 a.m. CDT and LSU will tee off beginning at 1:51 p.m. Live scoring will be provided by Golfstat.com and can be accessed through LSUsports.net.

NCAA WEST REGIONAL — SECOND ROUND

TEAM SCORES
1. UNLV 281-277 — 558 -2; 2. BYU 278-284 — 562 +2; t3. New Mexico 284-284 — 568 +8; t3. Washington 286-282 — 568 +8; t5. Pepperdine 279-292 — 571 +11; t5. Arizona State 290-281 — 571 +11; t7. San Diego State 286-290 — 576 +16; t7. UCLA 288-288 — 576 +16; 9. South Carolina 289-288 — 577 +17; 10. Southern California 286-292 — 578 +18; 11. Arizona 283-296 — 579 +19; t12. St. Mary’s (CA) 295-285 — 580 +20; t12. Stanford 289-291 — 580 +20; 14. Auburn 290-293 — 583 +23; 15. UC-Riverside 295-290 — 585 +25; t16. Oregon 292-298 — 590 +30; t16. Denver 294-296 — 590 +30; 18. South Alabama 295-297 — 592 +32; 19. Fresno State 295-299 — 594 +34; 20. LSU 294-301 — 595 +35; t21. Cal Poly 297-307 — 604 +44; t21. Texas-Arlington 297-307 — 604 +44; 23. Colorado State 303-302 — 605 +45; 24. Princeton 306-301 — 607 +47; 25. Illinois State 303-309 — 612 +52; 26. Samford 312-302 — 614 +54; 27. Central Connecticut State 302-317 — 619 +59

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS
1. Oscar Alvarez, BYU, 63-71 — 134 -6; t2. Kevin Chappell, UCLA, 71-67 — 138 -2; t2. Nathan Lashley, Arizona, 66-72 — 138 -2; t2. Pat Moore, Arizona State, 69-69 — 138 -2; t2. Ryan Moore, UNLV, 69-69 — 138 -2; t6. Andres Gonzales, UNLV, 70-69 — 139 -1; t6. Ryan Keeney, UNLV, 71-68 — 139 -1; t6. Erik Olson, Washington, 69-70 — 139 -1; t6. Michael Putnam, Pepperdine, 66-73 — 139 -1; t6. Rob Grube, Stanford, 69-70 — 139 -1

LSU SCORES
t18. Chris Wells 70-72 — 142 +2
t90. Brent Struthers 80-71 — 151 +11
t90. Beck Troutman 72-79 — 151 +11
t106. Brandon Aydlett 72-81 — 153 +13
t128. Garrett Runion 81-79 — 160 +20