Wolf Pack in the hunt for Nationals after two rounds in Athens
Following two completed rounds in the NCAA Athens Regional, the Nevada men’s golf team is tied for fifth place in the 13-team field.
With the top five teams from each regional advancing to the national championship, the Wolf Pack has placed itself in contention with 18 holes remaining. Nevada shaved seven strokes off of its score from round one to round two, carding a 5-over team score of 289 on Tuesday. The Pack was even for most of its round but struggled on the last few holes, still managing though to jump three spots on the team leaderboard.
Heading into Wednesday’s final round, Nevada is in a four-way tie for fifth with Tennessee, Memphis and SMU. Regional host No. 16 Georgia leads the field by one shot at 4-under par over No. 9 Duke.
For the second consecutive day, Nevada was led by junior Stephen Osborne. Osborne, a Reno native, turned in the Pack’s first under par round of the event, carding a 3-under 68 to jump into a tie for third place. He made seven birdies during his round and played holes 5-13 perfectly with six birdies and three pars. Osborne is just one shot behind Spencer Ralston and Davis Thompson of Georgia for the individual lead. If the tournament ended today, and Nevada as a team did not qualify, Osborne would advance to the national championship as an individual.
Nevada’s second-best individual round of the day came from junior Sam Harned, who fired a 2-over 73. Harned improved his score from round one by two shots and jumped eight spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 34th. Fellow junior Tony Gil is also tied for 34th along with Harned after shooting a 3-over 74 for the second straight day. Sophomore Joey Vrzich bettered his play from the first round to the second after turning in a 3-over 74, a two-shot differential from yesterday. He is tied for 47th in the 75-player field. Junior Sam Meek shot an 80 on Tuesday and is in 73rd at 18-over par.
Live scoring for the entire tournament is available on Golfstat.com.
T3. Stephen Osborne – 71-68=139 (-3)
T34. Tony Gil, 74-74=148 (+6)
T34. Sam Harned, 75-73=148 (+6)
T47. Joey Vrzich, 76-74=150 (+8)
73. Sam Meek, 80-80=160 (+18)