ALLENDALE, Mich. – A solid start as a team and another great outing by Zach James put Southeastern in control for much of the second round at the Central/Midwest Super Regional in Allendale, Mich., but a tough stretch on the back nine brought the Savage Storm back to the pack as they fired a 300 on day two and are currently third heading into the final round on Wednesday.
The tournament is being played at The Meadows, a par-71, 6,958 yard course.
The Storm spent much of the day atop the leaderboard in large part to James’ efforts on the front nine where he posted three birdies and went out at 3-under, but a pair of bogeys and a double on the back nine would bring him back in with a second round 72. He is tied for the lead at 1-under 141.
Despite the rough finish, the Storm are well within reach of their first super regional championship as they trail leader Central Missouri by only three strokes. UCM leads with a 588, with Bellarmine in second at 589 while SE checks in at 591.
Tiffin, who entered the day as the leader, slipped to fourth with a 592, while Washburn rounds out the top-five at 593. The top five finishers will advance to the NCAA National Finals.
Central Oklahoma shot its second consecutive 299 and is in eighth place, five shots out of fifth place.
The Bronchos have a 36-hole total of 598 heading into Wednesday’s final round. The top five teams and first two individuals not with a qualifying team advance to the NCAA Division II Golf Championships, set for May 17-21 in Denver, Colo.
Logan Gray led UCO with a 1-over-par 72, while Eli Armstrong shot 75, Russ Purser and Cody Troutman 76 and Eric Kline 79.
Gray bogeyed the first two days to get off to a slow start before rebounding to make the turn at one-over 37. He was 2-over before reeling off consecutive birdies on Nos. 14 and 15 en route to a back-nine 35.
Armstrong shot a front-nine 39 before rallying with a closing 36, while Troutman had a 1-over 37 on the front before coming back with a 39.
SWOSU fell eight places on the leaderboard. Only two of SWOSUâ€™s golfers posted a score in the 70â€™s and their team total of 313 strokes was 12 shots behind their opening round. The Dawgs will enter the final round of the tournament alone in 16th place, 11 shots away from a top-ten placing.
Jake Duvall continues to lead the Dawgs after firing a team-best 75 on Tuesday and he is tied for 21st place after two rounds. Marques Gomez was the lone Bulldog to improve his score from round one to round two and he carded a 76 to move into a tie with Nicolas Cornu for 78th place. Stefan Idstam shot an 80 on Tuesday and Joby Gray shot an 82, leaving them tied for 67th and 91st places, respectively.
Tate Williamson, playing as an individual for Northeastern State University, stayed inside the top 15 after a second-round score of 78 to move into a tie for 11th at 4-over-par 146 (68-78). The field for the postseason event features a compilation of 103 of the best menâ€™s golfers from the Central and Midwest regions.
Williamson stands five strokes behind the leaders and two strokes behind the final individual that would advance to the NCAA Championship if the tournament would end Tuesday. He carded 11 pars and seven bogeys in his round Tuesday.
He will tee off in the final round on the front 9 at 11:50 a.m. May 4.
2016 NCAA CENTRAL/MIDWEST REGIONAL â€“ Second Round Results
May 2-4, 2016 at Allendale, Mich.
(par-71, 6,924-yard The Meadows Golf Course)
1. Central Missouri 294-294=588 (+20)
2. Bellarmine 294-295=589 (+21)
3. Southeastern Oklahoma State 291-300=591 (+23)
4. Tiffin 289-303=592 (+24)
5. Washburn 301-292=593 (+25)
6. Lewis 298-296=594 (+26)
7. Grand Valley State 295-301=596 (+28)
8. Central Oklahoma 299-299=598 (+30)
9. Missouri-St. Louis 300-299=599 (+31)
10. Northern Michigan 302-301=603 (+35)
11. Lindenwood 301-304=605 (+37)
12. Henderson State 301-305=606 (+38)
13. Arkansas Tech 301-311=612 (+44)
T14. Winona State 302-311=613 (+45)
Ferris State 311-302=613 (+45)
Minnesota State 307-306=613 (+45)
17. Southwestern Oklahoma State 301-313=614 (+46)
18. Indianapolis 305-322=627 (+59)
19. Northwood 308-322=630 (+62)
T1. Zach James (Southeastern Oklahoma State) 69-72=141 (-1)
James Inman (Bellarmine) 69-72=141 (-1)
Talon Supak (Illinois-Springfield)* 70-71=141 (-1)
4. Travis Mays (Central Missouri) 72-71=143 (+1)
T5. DJ Vogt (Bellarmine) 71-73=144 (+2)
Alex Springer (Central Missouri) 71-73=144 (+2)
Keenai Sampson (McKendree)* 70-74=144 (+2)
* = Competing as an individual