CORVALLIS, Ore.--After a mediocre second round performance on Friday at the NCAA West Regional, BYU faces an uphill battle to qualify for the NCAA Championships with only one round to play.
The Cougars are 11 shots out of qualifying and had to count an 83 on the crucial second day of competition. BYU finished with a 307 moving them from 15 to 18th position. With only 10 teams advancing out of the west region on to the NCAA Championships, the Cougars must move ahead of seven teams on the final day.
"We're going to have to play one of the best rounds of the year," BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. "There is no telling what it's going to take, but I think we'll have to shoot eight-under-par to advance. If were going to get it done we've got to have two guys going two or three-under-par.
Arizona State continues to outdistance the rest of the field going an 11-under-par second round and holding a 17 shot lead going into the final round. The Sun Devil's Matt Jones shot a 65 today to hold a two shot lead over teammate Jin Park.
With windy and cold conditions prevailing, team scores rose the second day. For the Cougars, scores rose much higher than they are accustomed to playing.
"As a team we are just not pulling it together on this course," said a frustrated Brockbank. "We belong in the NCAA Championships and it's going to take a great final round for us to qualify."
Jesse Hibler, a senior from Boise, Idaho, continues to be the lone bright spot for BYU. After nearly winning the conference championship two weeks ago, Hibler played a stellar one-over-par second round to lead the Cougars. Kyle Wight and Scott Miller, who shot BYU's two lowest first round scores, struggled the second day finishing 83 and 87 respectively. Billy Harvey putted his way to a three-over-par round while Manuel Merizalde fought through a tough morning to finish the day four-over-par.
The moment of truth for the Cougars will start Saturday at noon PST at Trysting Tree Golf Course. If the Cougars can make the remarkable comeback they will advance to the NCAA Championships held May 30 to June 2 at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, North Carolina. If the Cougars fail to make up the 11 strokes, tomorrow's round will be the final Day of competition for BYU's Scott Miller, Jesse Hibler and Billy Harvey.
SECOND ROUND SCORES
1 Arizona State U. -16 F 277
2 UC-Irvine +1 F 287
3 Arizona, U. of +2 F 289
4 UCLA +11 F 298
4 Stanford University +11 F 303
6 Wake Forest Univ. +14 F 302
7 Oregon State U. +15 F 301
7 Washington, U. of +15 F 301
7 Pacific, U. of the +15 F 293
10 South Carolina +16 F 298
10 Pepperdine Univ. +16 F 299
12 UNLV +18 F 300
12 San Diego State U. +18 F 305
14 Oregon, U. of +20 F 294
15 Colorado State Univ. +21 F 300
16 Southern California +22 F 300
17 Fresno State Univ. +23 F 301
18 Brigham Young Univ. +27 F 307
19 New Mexico, U. of +28 F 299
19 California, U. of +28 F 302
21 Austin Peay State U. +29 F 310
22 Nevada, Univ. of +33 F 307
23 Tennessee, Univ. of +37 F 316
24 Detroit Mercy, U. of +43 F 324
25 Oral Roberts Univ. +45 F 309
25 Navy +45 F 311
27 Weber State Univ. +50 F 324
BYU INDIVIDUAL SCORES
32 Jesse Hibler 75-73--148 +4
73 Billy Harvey 76-75--151 +7
97 Manuel Merizalde 78-76--154 +10
103 Kyle Wight 72-83--155 +11
127 Scott Miller