Men's golf recap: CSU's Harrell keeps Rams in hunt at regionals
May 18, 2012
By Danny Mattie
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Colorado State men's golf team concluded its second round of action Friday afternoon at the NCAA regional tournament at The Club at Olde Stone. Despite a lackluster start to the day, the Rams rallied behind a stellar performance from freshman Cameron Harrell and remain in the hunt for a top-five finish that would propel the team to a spot in the NCAA championships.
"We just didn't start off very well today, but we got it back," said Head Coach Jamie Bermel. "Today wasn't horrible by any means, but every stroke matters. There is still some golf to be played tomorrow.
"Those teams in front of us have to start on the front nine, which I think is difficult. Hopefully we can get out to a good start, make the turn with a decent score, and finish strong."
Harrell, a freshman product out of Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., fired a three-under 69 and moved up 15 spots into a four-way tie for 13th. Harrell was 1-over on the front-nine, but recorded five birdies and just one bogey on the back-nine to close out the round as the Rams' top individual.
"Cameron played good golf today," said Bermel. "He got off to a decent start, and then played very well on the back-nine. To come back with a 69, that certainly helps. I'm hoping that he'll be able to play equally well tomorrow."
Senior Zahkai Brown continued his consistent play throughout Friday, carding a bogey on the par-4 sixth hole before quickly erasing it with a birdie on No. 7. A bogey on 18 sent Brown into the clubhouse with a 1-over 73, and puts him in a tie for 17th.
Sophomore Parker Edens sits one stroke behind Brown with a 2-over 146 through 36 holes. Senior Mike Wuertz rounded out the scoring for the Rams with a 77 (+5) on Friday.
Junior Kirby Pettitt also competed for the Rams, and sits in a tie for 67th with a two-round score of 159 (+15).
UCLA remains atop the team leaderboard at 5-under. Texas A&M (-3), Chattanooga (-1), Memphis (+6) and Virginia Tech (+7) round out the top 5. Northwestern sits in a tie with the Rams at 11-over.
Colorado State will tee off at 7:30 a.m. CT/8:30 a.m. MT, starting on the back nine. The Rams will be paired seventh-place Clemson and eighth-place Iowa State.