Illinois Overcomes Colbert Hills, Weather to Maintain Grasp on lead at Central Regional
May 16, 2003
MANHATTAN, Kan. - After being blessed with idyllic conditions Thursday, Colbert Hills played more like a bad day at the British Open during Friday's second round of the 2003 NCAA Men's Central Regional Golf Championship's.
With a consistent rain pelting the course and winds gusting as high as 20 mph, scores ballooned. Thursday more than half the squads in the 27 team field carded sub-par team totals. In Friday's second round just one team managed to break par.
Despite a 20-stroke increase, Illinois maintained its position at the top of the leaderboard at 6-under par 570. North Carolina State moved up to second at 572, with Oklahoma State in third at 574. Wichita State posted the only under-par team score of the day, firing a 1-under-par 287 to jump of to fourth place at 1-over-par 577.
"Today the conditions were totally opposite of yesterday," Illinois head coach Mike Small. Yesterday the golf course was probably the easiest we'll see it. From what I've heard, Kansas has 30mph winds around here, so today was more of what I expected from the start. The first couple of holes it was raining pretty hard on us and gusting to about 20-25mph, and the golf course played pretty difficult today.
Wichita State's Judd Easterling bettered his 69 yesterday with a 68 today to move up into a tie for first place in the individual race with North Carolina State's Jason Moon at 7-under-par 137. Arkansas' Andrew Dahl, SMU's Will Dodson and Illinois' Patrick Nagle are in a three-way tie for third at 5-under-par 139.
Host team Kansas State fell into a tie for 20th as the Wildcats shot a combined 592 to finish up the second round at an 16-over 592. A.J. Elgert led the Wildcats on the day with an 75 to sit in a tie for 59th place.
The NCAA Central Regional wraps up tomorrow with tee times beginning at times at 7:12 a.m. The top 10 teams from the Central Regional will advance to the NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. May 27-29.