May 19, 2006
CHARDON, Ohio - Despite less than ideal playing conditions, Lamar University remains in fourth place following Friday's second round at the 2006 NCAA Central Regional hosted by Cleveland State University at Sand Ridge Golf Club (Par-71, 7,135-yards).
Lamar teed off early Friday morning and played the majority of its round in a light rain and temperatures that failed to reach 50 degrees. However, the Cardinals, especially Dawie Van Der Walt, persevered and managed to post an 11-over par 295 for a 36-hole total of 13-over 581.
Oklahoma State posted a 1-over 285, which was the best round of the day, and remains in first place with a 36-hole total of 3-under 565. Northwestern is second at 6-over 574 and Texas A&M is third at 7-over 575. Minnesota and Georgia Tech are tied for fifth at 583.
"We played great on the front nine, but terrible on the back nine," said coach Brad McMakin, who is in his 10th season at Lamar. "The conditions were very poor, but they were poor for everybody. We were able to hang in there and are still in pretty good shape.
"If you would have told me we would be in fourth place entering the final round before the regional started I would have taken in for sure. We just have to go out and play another solid round and we should be in pretty good shape to advance to the NCAA Championships."
Van Der Walt, a sophomore from Cape Town, South Africa, fired a 2-under 69 on Friday, which tied for the second best round of the day. He is tied with Bronson Burgoon of Texas A&M for third place with a 36-hole score of 3-under 139. He made the turn at even-par 35 after posting two birdies and two bogeys. He made two birdies on the inward nine, including a birdie on the par-5 18th hole for the second straight day.
Zack Robinson of Oklahoma State, who opened with an even-par 71, fired a 5-under 66 on Friday and is the 36-hole leader at 5-under 137. Teammate Jonathan Moore is second at 4-under 138 after posting his second straight round of 2-under 69. Northwestern's Chris Wilson, who was the first round leader following an opening round of 67, slipped to a 74 on Friday and is tied for fifth at 1-under 141.
, a sophomore from Katy, posted a 3-over 74 on Friday. He made the turn at 1-under 34, which featured three birdies and two bogeys. However, he made four bogeys on the back-nine. After opening with a 72, Clendenon is tied for 27th place with at 5-over 147.
Oliver Bekker, a freshman from Stellenbosch, South Africa, posted a 4-over 75 on Friday. His round included one birdie, three bogeys and one double-bogey. Following an opening round of 72, Bekker is tied with teammate Casey Clendenon, among others, for 27th place at 5-over 147.
Dusty Smith, a junior from The Woodlands, birdied the first two holes and added a third birdie on the fifth hole after bogeying the fourth. However, he had four bogeys and a double-bogey on the back-nine for a 6-over 77. He is tied for 38th place with a 36-hole score of 6-over 148.
Andrew Landry, a freshman from Port Neches, shot a 7-over par 78 for the second straight day and is tied for 102nd at 14-over 156.