NEW HAVEN, Conn. — With senior All-American and All-Southeastern Conference performer Stewart Jolly leading the way with a 1-under par 69, the No. 7-ranked and No. 2-seeded LSU men’s golf team ended Friday’s second round at The Course at Yale with a team score of 7-over par 287 to remain in 10th place at the NCAA New Haven Regional.
Jolly, who opened the championship with a round of 4-over 74 on Thursday, moved into a tie for 21st place overall at 3-over 143 for 36 holes.
LSU will tee off in Saturday’s final round looking to erase an 11-shot deficit separating them from a top-five team finish and NCAA Championships qualification.
No. 16-ranked and No. 3-seeded South Florida has a nine-shot lead in the team title race thanks to a team score of 4-under par 276 Friday. The Bulls lead No. 8-seeded N.C. State in the team race with a 36-hole score of 3-under par 557. The Wolfpack were the only other team to break par on the day, firing a 3-under 277 to move into second place overall at 6-over par 566 for the weekend.
Rounding out the Top 5 are No. 1-seeded Vanderbilt and No. 6-seeded San Diego State in a tie for third place with matching efforts of 7-over par 567 and No. 20-ranked and No. 4-seeded Oklahoma State alone in fifth place with a score of 10-over par 570 through two rounds.
Jolly carded four birdies and three bogeys on Friday, while Eric Ricard posted a score of 2-over 72, and Ben Taylor and Brandon Pierce each added counting scores of 3-over 73 to help pace LSU.
Zach Wright rounded out the lineup with a round of 8-over 78 to finish the day in a tie for 64th place overall at 12-over par 152 at the NCAA New Haven Regional.
Oklahoma State’s Jordan Niebrugge turned in a round of 8-under par 62 on the day to overtake South Florida’s first-round leader Rigel Fernandes by a single shot to claim the 36-hole lead at 6-under par 134 heading into Saturday’s final round. Fernandes fired a two-day total of 5-under par 135.
The Tigers are paired with No. 5-seeded Arkansas and No. 12-seeded College of Charleston in Saturday’s final round and will tee off in the second wave off the back nine beginning at 7:55 a.m.