O'Neill Three Shots Off Second after Day Two of NCAA Regional
Chris O'Neill

May 16, 2014

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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

Top Individuals

 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

Michigan Individuals

T14. Chris O'Neill*     77-71 = 148

* Playing as an individual

Day 1 Results


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."

Contact: Chad Shepard (shepchad@umich.edu)