CHOI'S 69 SPARKS MEN'S GOLF IN SECOND ROUND OF STANFORD REGIONAL

CHOI'S 69 SPARKS MEN'S GOLF IN SECOND ROUND OF STANFORD REGIONAL

STANFORD, Calif. — Wonje Choi matched his career best and led the Sacramento State men's golf team with a round of 69 during the second round of the NCAA Stanford Regional on Tuesday. The Hornets improved their team score by 10 strokes from the opening round and is tied for 12th place heading into the final day of play.

Choi jumped out quickly, birdeying three of his first four holes. The junior parred the 10th hole to start his round and then ran off three consecutive birdies on the par-4 11th, 12th and 13th. After two pars, he encountered rare trouble during the round with a triple bogey on the par-5 16th. However, Choi made the turn at 1-under with a birdie on the par-4 18th and followed with a birdie on the par-5 first. He traded a bogey on the second hole with a par on No. 3 to stay at 2-under. He remained there unitl a bogey on the par-3 eighth took him to 1-under. Choi is now tied for 55th overall at 78-69-147.

Aaron Beverly is tied for 46th for the highest rank among the team. The senior shot 72 during the second round following a 73 on Monday. He opened the second round with bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11 but was even after 10 holes with birdies on the par-5 16th, par-4 18th and par-5 first as well as a bogey on the par-3 17th. As quickly as that happened, he moved back to 3-over following a bogey on the par-4 second and a double bogey on the par-3 third. Beverly wrapped up his day with five pars and a birdie on the par-5 seventh.

Robert Parden is one shot back of Beverly after his second round of 73 which ties him for 49th place. On Tuesday, Parden was 2-over through three holes with bogeys on Nos. 11 and 12. He birdied the par-5 16th and remained at 1-over until a bogey on the par-3 third. Two more bogeys took him to 4-over but he closed with a birdie on the par-4 ninth.

Freshman Devyn Fitchhorn rebounded from a challenging first round to shoot 76 and account for the final score towards the team total. Fitchhorn posted a triple bogey on the par-4 10th to start his day and was 4-over after a bogey on No. 15. He trimmed that mark by two strokes with consecutive birdies on the par-4 16th and par-3 17th. On the front side of the course, he started with a par on No. 1 before a double bogey on the par-4 second and a bogey on the par-3 third. A birdie on the par-3 fourth dropped him back to 4-over but he ended at 6-over with a double bogey on the par-3 eighth.

Sophomore Landon Azevedo added a round of 77 and is 72nd overall. Azevedo had a birdie on the par-5 16th, four bogeys and a pair of double bogeys during his round.

Baylor overtook host Stanford for the team lead. The Bears, who are ranked ninth nationally, were 18-under as a team in the second round. Baylor has a two-round total of 542 which leads Stanford by seven strokes. Pepperdine is third at 555 and Oklahoma is fourth at 557. The top five teams will advance to the NCAA Championships. Currently, BYU, Georgia Tech and North Florida are all tied for fifth at 560.

Sacramento State will be paired with the 10 individuals in the field during the final round. The first threesome will tee off at 9:50 a.m. off the 10th tee.

NCAA STANFORD REGIONAL
Stanford Golf Course | Stanford, Calif.
Par 70 | 6,727 yards

TEAM STANDINGS
1. Baylor 277-265-542
2. Stanford 271-278-549
3. Pepperdine 281-274-555
4. Oklahoma 280-277-557
T5. Brigham Young 278-282-560
T5. Georgia Tech 287-273-560
T5. North Florida 279-281-560
T8. North Carolina 288-278-566
T8. Houston 281-285-566
10. Ohio State 288-294-582
11. UC Santa Barbara 296-290-596
T12. Sacramento State 300-290-590
T12. South Dakota State 301-289-590

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Brad Dalke, Oklahoma, 65-64-129
2. Maverick McNealy, Stanford, 65-67-132
3. Cooper Dossey, Baylor, 68-66-134
4. Matthew Perrine, Baylor, 68-67-135
T5. Clay Feagler, Pepperdine, 69-67-136
T5. Hunter Shattuck, Baylor, 68-68-136

SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T46. Aaron Beverly 73-72-145
T49. Robert Parden 73-73-146
T55. Wonje Choi 78-69-147
72. Landon Azevedo 76-77-153
T74 Devyn Fitchhorn 84-76-160