May 16, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - Sometimes youth is a good thing, and other times it can be a problem. For the University of Louisville men's golf team, it was a problem on Friday at the NCAA Auburn Regional.
Entering the second round at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala., in a tie for fifth place overall, the Cardinals, who are playing with a pair of freshmen, a sophomore and two juniors, ran into trouble on Friday by shooting 17-over par to stand in 10th place overall at 26-over par.
The Cardinals (297-305=602) are nine shots out of fifth-place, which is where the team needs to land to advance to the NCAA Championships at Wichita State.
Alabama shot 4-under-par 284, and was the only team under par for the second straight day, for a 36-hole total of 5-under-par 571. Host Auburn carded a 4-over 292 in the second round and is in second at 10-over 586 while Kennesaw State turned in another strong round (+3, 291) and is in third place at 12-over 588. Virginia Tech is fourth at 16-over 592 while Texas and BYU are tied for fifth at 17-over 593.
Despite a sunny and dry day, gusty winds made the course tough, and it was obvious for the Cardinals, who were all over par.
"It was disappointing," head coach Mark Crabtree said. "It was disappointing that we weren't able to find a couple scores that were better. The golf course was difficult, but it wasn't that difficult. We just had a bad day."
It wasn't all bad for the Cardinals to start the day. Louisville jumped into a tie for second-place with three birdies in the first five holes, but the wheels came off the wagon after six holes and the Cardinals fell out of contention.
Freshman Robert Geibel posted the best score for the Cardinals, shooting a 1-over par 73. He birdied the fourth hole to play the front nine at 1-over par. Geibel recorded seven pars on the back, but his two bogeys on No. 13 and No. 16 put him over par on the day.
Sophomore Robin Sciot-Siegrist, who was the tournament leader after Thursday's round at 2-under par, is tied for 10th after shooting a 4-over par 76. He also birdied the fourth hole to go to 4-under par, but double bogeyed No. 8 and bogeyed No. 8.
Junior Antoine LeSaux fired a 5-over par 77 after shooting 76 on Thursday and is tied for 46th place. Junior Max Walz and freshman J.D. Lehman both fired 79.
"We are going to need four guys play well tomorrow," Crabtree said. "They have to put up a score on the board. One or two guys will not be enough, we need four players to play really well for us to advance."
Third round action at the Auburn Regional will begin at 9:20 a.m. from the Auburn University Club. Check www.golfstat.com for live updates of Saturday's third round of play.