Clemson two shots off entering final round

Sophomore Austin Langdale fired a Clemson career-best four-under-par 68 on Friday to lead the Clemson golf team to a 291 team score and a tie for sixth place after two rounds of the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional at the Finley Golf Club on the University of North Carolina campus.

Clemson is two shots off the five-team lead entering the third and final round on Saturday. The top five squads from the 13-team regional will advance to Concessional Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., on May 29-June 3. If there is a tie for the fifth and final spot, there will be a playoff.

Clemson is tied for sixth place entering the final round with host school North Carolina. Clemson stands at one-under-par 575 through 36 holes. Stanford made a strong move on Friday with a 275 team score and jumped from seventh place to first behind the play of the nation’s number one player Maverick McNealy, who had a 67 on Friday.

While Clemson is two shots off the lead, the Tigers are only 10 shots out of first. Clemson made up a 13-shot deficit in the final round to gain victory against Stanford at the 2009 U.S. Collegiate.

The top-seeded South Carolina men’s golf team moved into position to earn a NCAA Championship berth after posting a 5-under 283 on Friday in the second round of the NCAA Bremerton Regional at Gold Mountain Golf Club’s Olympic Course in Bremerton, Wash.

The Gamecocks moved two spots up the leaderboard into fourth place with a 36-hole total of 571 (-5). TCU leads the tournament with a total of 564 (-12). UAB is in second with a total of 565 (-11), while Southern California (569) and Baylor (573) are third and fifth, respectively. The top five teams and low individual not on those teams will advance to NCAA Championship.

Carolina finished the back nine in strong fashion to make the move into the top five. After playing the first four holes of the back side in 3-over as a team, the Gamecocks played the final six holes in 7-under without recording a bogey.

Carolina junior Sean Kelly continued his solid play from the first round, firing a 4-under 68 to move into a tie for seventh with a 36-hole total of 139 (-5). His round of 68 is a career low for a NCAA Regional.

Sophomore William Rainey fired a 2-under par, second-round 68 as the College of Charleston moved up a spot to 11th at the NCAA Division I Yale Regional at The Course at Yale.

Rainey birdied the third, eighth, 11th, 15th and 18th holes and is tied for 29th individually at +4. Junior John Jonas is tied for 36th with a three-birdie second round of 71 (+1), while senior Zach Munroe and junior Josh Lorenzetti are tied for 50th at +9 for the tournament.

No. 16-ranked South Florida continues to lead the 14-team field comprised of eight Top 50-ranked teams. The Bulls shot 4-under on Friday and are out in front by nine strokes over second-place and No. 45 N.C. State (+6). No. 32 San Diego State and No. 5 Vanderbilt are both tied for third (+7), while No. 20 Oklahoma State is in fifth (+10).

The Cougars (+28), who shaved 18 strokes off of its first-round score (303) with a 5-over second round (285), trail No. 7 LSU in 10th (+21) and are ahead of No. 29 Arkansas in 12th (+30).

Charleston Southern struggled to a team-313 to fall to 13th in the second round of the Lubbock Regional on Friday at The Rawls Course. The Bucs are now 25-over in the NCAA Men’s Golf Tournament heading into the final round of the regional on Saturday.

Friday’s round was delayed almost five hours by heavy rain in the Lubbock area overnight and early morning.

Sophomore Austin James is tied for 26th after a 1-over 72 on Friday. He was steady with two birdies and three bogeys. At even-par for the event, he will likely need a round in the mid-60’son Saturday to have a chance at qualifying as an individual.

Senior Jarrett Swan fired a 74 and is tied for 34th at 1-over for the event. He had a pair of birdies on the back nine — CSU’s opening nine — to play the back nine at 1-over.

No. 9 Texas Tech leads No. 2 Texas by three strokes for the top spot. TTU is 16-under par. Duke is third in the standings at 10-under, followed by Houston (-7), while Louisville and Southeastern Louisiana (-4) are tied for fifth.