Baylor men's golf turned in a record-setting performance to take a seven-stroke lead heading to the final round at the NCAA Stanford (Calif.) Regional.
Just yesterday, the Illini teed off at the third day (of three) of the West Lafayette Regional for the NCAA tournament in sixth place (with the top 5 advancing), 14 strokes back of the lead and five strokes out of fifth.
Penn State shot their lowest-round of the tournament on day three, a 1-over 285 to finish at 11-over par and finished as one of two teams (USC) to have two golfers in the top-10. But, the player who most impressed me was Giovanni Tadiotto. No. 20 Auburn ascended to second (+11), No. 8 IL climbed three spots for third (+14), No. 44 New Mexico slid to fourth, and host No. 38 Purdue snagged the fifth and final spot at 21-over par on their home course.
The Illini will now travel two and a half hours north to play in the national championship held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. White, who opened the second day of action tied for fourth place after tallying an opening-round 69 (-3) on Monday (May 15), now trails Illinois State sophomore Trent Wallace, who leads the field with a 138 (-6) thanks to rounds of 68 (-4) and 70 (-2), and Virginia Tech sophomore Mark Lawrence, Jr., who is in a three-way for seventh after shooting two rounds of 71 (-1) to give him a total score of 142 (-2).
Junior Nick Hardy was the only golfer in the field to shoot par or under for all three days, and he tied for the lowest individual score of the regional.
Playing in the final group, Wallace started his final round on the back nine.
"Coach (Kralis) reminded me to stay patient and focused and hit shots", Wallace said.
Host LSU shot the best score of the week in the opening-round score (276) en route to winning the title by eight strokes over Duke with a two-over 866. He then went on to make par on the par-4 14th.
He played much better on the front nine, finishing with a 1-over-par 37. He then found his groove and made par on four of the next five holes and birdied the par-4 seventh to move back to even par. Wallace bogeyed the par-4 ninth.
Iowa State's Nick Voke took home medalist honors after a stellar 10-under 61 in the final round to finish at 14-under 199, five shots ahead of 36-hole leader Doug Ghim of Texas. He kept his composure all week, and I'm proud of his effort.