BYU in third place at NCAA Championship

HOT SPRINGS -- Thanks to a solid final three holes, BYU's men's golf team is in third place after the second round of the NCAA Division I Golf Championships in Hot Springs, Va.

After a slow start, the Cougars finished with a bang. On the last three holes, BYU combined for eight birdies and no bogies to move from 17-over to 10-over on the day. This late surge lifted the Cougars from 14th to third place in the team standings.

"I think we came out a little tight and got off to a sloppy start," BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. "But boy, they really played clutch golf down the stretch. Those last few holes were sure fun to watch. I'm just really excited for these guys."

The Cougars are only two shots behind first-place California (+8) and one shot back of second-place Kentucky (+9). Washington (+11) and Pepperdine (+11) round out the top five followed by Georgia State (+12), UCLA (+12), TCU (+13) and Arizona (+13). Thirteen teams are jam packed at the top of the leaderboard with only seven strokes separating first and 13th place

Three Cougars are tied for 23rd place individually at two-over-par. Junior Todd Miller, who birdied three out of his last five holes, finished three-over 73 in the second round. All-MWC first-team selections Oscar Alvarez and Jake Ellison both had two birdies coming in to finish two-over par 72.

"We started a little shaky, but I think we all felt we were going to come back," team captain Miller said. "Even though I was six over (after 13 holes), I kept feeling like I was going to get it back, and it happened."

Junior Ron Harvey Jr. continued to make a significant contribution as he went three-over on the day. Harvey is tied for 43rd place at four-over-par while fellow Canadian Greg Machtaler is in a tie for 100th after going five-over in the second round.

BYU's quest for its second men's golf national championship continues during Thursday's third round, which begins at 7 a.m. EST. BYU will tee off in the first group on hole No. 1 along with California and Kentucky. After the third round only the top 15 teams will advance to Friday's final round. Live stats are available on the internet at


1. California (+8) 279-289--568

2. Kentucky (+9) 283-286--569

3. BYU (+10) 280-290--570

T4. Washington (+11) 289-282--571

T4. Pepperdine (+11) 295-276--571

T6. Georgia State (+12) 292-280--572

T6. UCLA (+12) 289-283--572

T8. TCU (+13) 281-292--573

T8. Arizona (+13) 292-281--573

T10. Florida (+14) 285-289--574

T10. Texas (+14) 288-286--574

T10. Georgia Tech (+14) 289-285--574

13. Clemson (+15) 285-290--575

14. Purdue (+17) 292-285--577

15. Penn State (+20) 289-291--580

T16. Auburn (+21) 283-298--581

T16. Oklahoma (+21) 286-295--581

T16. Okahoma State (+21) 292-289--581

T19. Kent State (+22) 294-288--582

T19. New Mexico (+22) 291-291--582

T19. USC (+22) 284-298--582

22. Texas A&M (+23) 291-292--583

T23. SMU (+25) 297-288--585

T23. North Carolina (+25) 294-291--585

25. Toledo (+26) 294-292--586

26. Georgia (+27) 285-302--587

27. Arizona State (+36) 292-304--596

28. Vanderbilt (+37) 294-303--597

29. Wichita State (+42) 298-304--602

30. Rhode Island (+50) 299-311--610


T23 Todd Miller 69-73-142 +2

T23 Osar Alvarez 70-72--142 +2

T23 Jake Ellison 70-72--142 +2

T43 Ron Harvey Jr. 71-73--144 +4

T100 Greg Machtaler 74-75--149 +9