Freshman Wilson Furr had a blistering stretch of birding six of seven holes on the back nine to finish minus-8 as the University of Alabama men’s golf team moved into a tie for the lead of the Stockton Regional on Tuesday.
The No. 7 Crimson Tide finished the second round at -14, along with unranked unranked Iowa State, one shot ahead of No. 43 Kansas State.
No. 18 Stanford was -8, and No. 31 TCU -7, and poised to go into the final round with a small cushion over the field.
The top five teams from the three-day regional will advance to the NCAA Championships at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., on May 25-30. Among those in danger of having their season end including No. 6 LSU (even-par) and No. 19 Southern California (+3).
As a team, Alabama had the low score Tuesday, -8 on the par-72 course, The Reserve at Spanos Park in California.
“I’m just really proud of our guys today,” Coach Jay Seawell said in a release. “I thought the golf course played harder today because of the wind early in the day and then again later this afternoon. We were the low round of the day which is something we shoot for every time we play. Because of that, we are in a great position. We know what’s in front of us, and we need to play another great round [Wednesday].”
Furr was tied for fourth on the individual leaderboard, –7 for the tournament. He moved up 33 spots from the previous day.
“Low scores like Wilson had today always help the team total,” Seawell said. “We are learning that once he gets under par, he likes to keep going, and that’s a great characteristic to have. It was great to see him shoot a 63 at last week’s SEC Championship and just as exciting with another terrific round today at the NCAA Regionals. I am proud of the way he played and how he is coming into his own in postseason competition.”
Senior Jonathan Hardee, who had the hot hand down the stretch on Monday, shot +1 and was tied for 15that -3. Junior Davis Riley was tied for 20that -2, and freshman Davis Shore was also under par at -1.
Alabama came into the day in third place.