May 16, 2014
Site: Sugar Grove, Ill.
Course: Rich Harvest Farms Course (par 72, 7,151 yards)
Tournament: NCAA Regional (Day 2)
U-M Team Standing: No Team Score
Top U-M Individual: Chris O'Neill, tie-14th (77-71/148)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 17 -- at NCAA Regional - Day 3 (Sugar Grove, Ill.), 10:04 a.m. CDT
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. -- University of Michigan sophomore men's golfer Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) fired a one-under 71 today (Friday, May 16) in the second round of the NCAA Regional at Rich Harvest Farms to move into a five-way tie for 14th place overall with 18 holes to play. With his 148 total through 36 holes, O'Neill is just three strokes behind an eight-man group tied for second place.
As Michigan's lone representative in the NCAA postseason event, O'Neill leads all five of the field's competing individuals, with the next-closest such golfer seven strokes behind him. The regional's current leader, Brian Campbell of Illinois, followed up yesterday's (Thursday, May 15) three-under 69 with a 70 today, earning him a six-stroke lead on the field.
Light rain delayed early-morning tee times by about two-and-a-half hours, and O'Neill did not tee off until shortly after 1 p.m. CDT. By then, wind had died down, though temperatures never rose above the low 40s throughout the day.
O'Neill began the tournament's second day of action off the back nine and started his scoring early in the round. He tallied two birdies in his first three holes, including one on the course's longest hole, the 572-yard par-five No. 11.
Battling through the wet conditions that prompted the delay on this morning's tee times, O'Neill turned the corner at three under par after stringing together six consecutive pars from No. 13 to No. 18.
From there, he corrected a bogey on No. 1 with a birdie on No. 2 and then marked six straight pars on his scorecard before bogeying No. 9 to finish the day.
In the team standings, the University of Alabama at Birmingham retained its day-one lead by repeating its round-one 292. Illinois is just one stroke behind, while Cal and Purdue posted the weekend's best team rounds by finishing with 288 team totals today.
The NCAA Regional will wrap up with the final round of play on Saturday (May 17) with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. CDT. O'Neill is scheduled to tee off at 10:04 a.m. CDT off the 10th tee.
Team Standings (After Day 2)
1. UAB 292-292 = 584 (+8) 2. Illinois 293-292 = 585 3. Clemson 299-292 = 591 4. California 305-288 = 593 5. Southern California 302-292 = 594 6. Purdue 309-288 = 597 7. Jacksonville St. 302-306 = 608 Kent State 299-309 = 608 9. Cleveland State 315-298 = 613 10. UNLV 308-309 = 617 11. CSU Fullerton 319-309 = 628 12. Mississippi State 315-314 = 629 13. New Mexico State 317-315 = 632 14. Saint Peter's 338-324 = 662
1. Brian Campbell, Illinois 69-70 = 139 (-5) 2. Andrew Bailey, Cleveland State 76-69 = 145 Brandon Hagy, California 73-72 = 145 Rico Hoey, Southern California 75-70 = 145 Sam Love, UAB 73-72 = 145 Adam Schenk, Purdue 75-70 = 145 Joel Stalter, California 74-71 = 145 Pablo Torres, Jacksonville St. 70-75 = 145 Carson Young, Clemson 72-73 = 145 10. Paul Dunne, UAB 73-73 = 146 Anthony Paolucci, Southern California 73-73 = 146
T14. Chris O'Neill* 77-71 = 148
* Playing as an individual
Q U O T E S
U-M Sophomore Chris O'Neill
On his strong start to the round and how early birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 helped his round ... "It was nice to start well because I got my rhythm going and the direction I needed today. I needed to come out and shoot a good round and get myself back in the tournament. I played those holes really poorly yesterday and had much better tee shots today so that was the bigger deal for me."
On how the delay affected his preparation and whether or not it can be an advantage ... "Honestly it was fine, because I didn't sleep very well last night so I just went back to sleep. It turned out well for me because I was able to get a little more rest."
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