May 30, 2012
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - Lamar University senior M.J. Daffue fired an even-par-71 Wednesday at Riviera Country Club to move into a tie for 25th at the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championship. The Cardinals stand in 29th place as a team heading into Thursday's round.
Starting on the back nine, Daffue stood 3-over after the first five holes on the par-71, 7,292-yard layout. However, the 2011 Southland Conference Player of the Year birdied four of the next eight holes to get to 1-under. He would close his round with a bogey on the par-4 ninth.
The Cardinals followed Tuesday's opening round score of 299 with a 303 on Wednesday for a 36-hole score of 602 (+34). Lamar is 11 strokes ahead of Tulsa and just one stroke behind Memphis and Virginia Tech.
Second ranked Alabama leads the 30-team event at 4-over-par after rounds of 285 and 287 for a 572 total. No. 5 UCLA is second at 576 (+8), followed by Florida State in third at 580 (+12) and Oklahoma and North Florida tied for fourth at 581 (+13).
Following Thursday's third round, the top eight teams will compete in a match play tournament to determine the national champion. Five teams will head into Thursday tied for eighth at 584 (+16). Lamar is 18 strokes out of eighth place after two rounds.
Illinois' Thomas Peters will carry a two-stroke lead into Thursday as the only player in the 156-man field to post two rounds in the 60s. Peters opened with a 69 and followed with a 68 for a 5-under-par 137 total. The player leading after Thursday's round will be the individual national champion.
Daffue, who earlier Wednesday was named to the PING All-Central Region Team, opened the tournament with a 74 and is eight strokes back with a 145 total (+3). Only seven players are currently under par through the first two rounds.
Senior Kevin Hesbois followed his opening round 76 with a 75 on Wednesday for a two-day score of 151 (+9) and a tie for 92nd. Hesbois shot 1-over on the back nine, but had a stretch of four bogeys in five holes on the front nine.
Fellow senior Xavier Feyaerts
is two strokes behind Hesbois in a tie for 117th. Feyaerts carded a 78 in round two after opening with a 75 for a 153 total (+11). After record three birdies in his opening round, Feyaerts didn't manage one on day two as his round included 12 pars, five bogeys and one double bogey.
Luke Jerling, who began the day tied with Daffue, struggled to an 80 in round two to fall to a tie for 124th with a 154 total (+12). The 2012 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year made the turn at 3-over-par, but took seven bogeys on his finishing nine.
Redshirt junior Erik Knudsen is in 152nd place after rounds of 82 and 79 for a 161 total (+19). Knudsen birdied the opening hole Wednesday and made the turn at 1-over, but carded six bogeys and a double bogey on his second nine to close his round.