TEMPE, Ariz. – The New Mexico State men’s golf team carded a team score of 1-under par, 279 in round two of the NCAA Regional Golf Tournament, at the par-70, 7,036-yard ASU Karsten Golf Course. The Aggies shaved off six strokes from round one to round two and are now 4-over par, 564 (285-279) after two rounds of play, placing them in a tie for eighth.
“We played great again today,” head coach Mike Dirks said. “We really jumped on it early and made some birdies. All in all, we are making great decision and making some good putts. I think we are giving ourselves a chance and hopefully tomorrow we can make some more putts, which will give us a chance.”
Sophomore Brett Walker led NM State in round two with a 2-under par, 68. He carded a team-high four birdies on the day and now sits in a tie for 16th overall at 1-under par, 139 (71-68). Senior Derek Baade continued his solid play with a 1-under par, 69 in round two, recording three birdies in the round. He is tied for 21st overall at even-par, 140 (71-69).
Freshman Kenneth Fadke rebounded in round two with an even-par, 70, improving seven strokes from round one. Fadke carded two birdies on the day and is now tied for 56th at 7-over par, 147 (77-70). Senior Justin Shin went 2-over par, 72 in round two and is now 2-over par, 142 (70-72), placing him in a tie for 33rd.
Junior Willy Hogan mirrored his first round score in round two with a 3-over par, 73. Hogan had three birdies in the round and is now 6-over par, 146 (73-73), placing him tied for 52nd.
UCLA leads the tournament at 19-under par, followed by UCF (-8), Georgia (-6), Duke (-3) and Texas A&M (-3). Greg Eason of UCF leads the tournament at 12-under par.
NM State will be back on the course Saturday for the final round of the NCAA Regional Golf Tournament. Fans can watch the live action at www.GolfStat.com.