CHATTANOOGA, TENN - Duke is tied for 26th at the NCAA Championship after shooting a nine-over 297 in the second round on Wednesday. Junior Wes Roach shot a team-best 73 in the second round with Spencer Anderson in the clubhouse with a two-over 74. Senior Adam Long and freshman Brinson Paolini both finished with a three-over 75 in round two. The Blue Devils are 16 shots out of eighth place at 17-over with the top eight teams advancing on to match play.
Florida State leads the event at 14-under (562) after firing an nine-under 279 on Wednesday. Oklahoma State is five shots back followed by Georgia Tech (572), Augusta State (575), Florida (576), San Diego (576), Washington (577) and Clemson (577).
Alex Ching (San Diego) has the individual lead at nine-under (135), a two-shot cushion over Henrik Norlander (Augusta State) and Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State). Scott Langley (Illinois) is three shots back entering Thursday's final round.
Roach got off to a rocky start with two bogeys and a double-bogey in his first six holes of the day. He got back on track with birdies on the par 3 16th and par 5 17th holes to move to two-over. The Knoxville, Tenn., native went on to par eight consecutive holes before posting a birdie on No. 8 to get to one-over. He capped his round with a par on No. 9 to end the day tied for 14th with a two-under 142 (69-73).
Paolini opened his second round with a bogey on No. 10 but recovered with birdies on the par 3 14th and par 5 17th holes to move to one-under in the round. He erased a bogey on No. 18 with his third birdie of the day on the par 5 second hole. The Virginia Beach, Va., native dropped two shots with a double-bogey on the par 3 third hole and slipped to two-over after a bogey on No. 7. Paolini is currently tied for 115th at seven-over.
Long got off to a strong start with a par on No. 10 and a birdie on the par 5 11th hole. He followed up with six straight pars before hitting a rough stretch with bogeys on No. 18, No. 1 and No. 3 to slip to two-over on the round. Long rebounded with four straight pars and sits tied for 83rd at four-over (73-75).
Anderson, a sophomore from Pacific Palisades, Calif., recorded bogeys on three of his first five holes on Wednesday. He recovered with birdies on No. 17, No. 1 and No. 2 to fight back to even-par with seven holes left in the round. Anderson fell to one-over with a bogey on No. 5 but added a birdie on No. 7 to get back to even-par. He ran into trouble with a double-bogey on the par 3 eighth hole and closed the day with a par for a two-over 74. Anderson is tied for 122nd heading into the final round of stroke play with an eight-over 152.
Freshman Julian Suri finished the second round with a five-over 77 after recording 13 pars and five bogeys. He is tied for 140th with a 12-over 156 after 36 holes of play.
The final round of stroke play will begin around 9 a.m. on Thursday. Live scoring, stats and tee times are available at www.golfstat.com.
*** Wednesday's second round was delayed for two hours and 12 minutes during the afternoon session following a lighting strike near the course ... play resumed at 5:30 pm following the weather delay
*** Roach is one of seven ACC players currently in the top 15 at the NCAA Championship
*** Duke did not have a player shoot even-par or better for just the second time in the last 17 rounds
*** Anderson recorded a team-high four birdies on the day
*** Roach played the front nine at one-under on Wednesday and has 13 pars, four birdies and one bogey on the front side of The Honors Course through two rounds of action
*** Alex Ching (San Diego) and Henry Smart (Virginia) tied the competitive course record with a six-under par 66 which was set by former Blue Devil standout Ryan Blaum in the 2004 Southern Amateur