April 26, 2010
Arizona spent the majority of the day in sixth place, and well within striking distance, but struggles down the stretch dropped them into ninth place at one under par, 34 strokes off the pace. The Cats were led by Tarquin MacManus who hopes to record his third consecutive top-25 finish in the Pac-10 Championship. MacManus tied for 24th in 2008, 6th in 2009 and sits tied for 16th at four-under after two rounds this year.
The course played to the favor of the players on day one and there are records in danger to prove it. Stanford carded a 675 (-35) over the first two rounds. At its current pace, the Cardinal will break the Pac-10 Championship record team total score by 34 strokes and the record for score in relation to par by 14 strokes. ASU holds both records, as it carded a 1384 (-56) in 2000.
The second-round hole locations proved to be a bit more challenging as only one team (Oregon State) recorded a lower second round score. The first scores were so low, in fact, that Stanford, 230 (-25), was on pace to break triple digits under par. Two individuals shot rounds of 63 (-8), and over half of the players (31 of 60) played their first rounds under par.
The individual record is also in sight as well with ASU's Jesper Kennegard leading at 13-under after two rounds. The individual record is 26 under par set by Paul Casey, who did it twice in 1999 and 2000.
Host ASU trails Stanford by 13 strokes at 22-under. USC is in third, trailing ASU by only one stroke. Likewise, fourth place Washington trails the Trojans by only one stroke. UCLA carded a day one total of 693 (-17) and is fifth. Oregon is sixth, Oregon State and California are tied for 7th, Arizona is ninth and Washington State is in last.
Joseph Bramlett of Stanford trails Kennegard by three strokes at ten-under. Bramlett's teammate Sihwan Kim and Eric Mina of California are tied for third at nine under par. Washington's Richard Lee is in fifth at eight under.
MacManus was in the top-five before shooting a triple-bogey at the par-4 18 in the first round. Despite the mishap, the junior carded a first round 67 (-4). He would stay at four-under after shooting par in the second round and is now nine strokes back. Rich Saferian is tied for 25th after shooting a 140 (-2) on the first day. Philip Bagdade is one over and tied for 35th. Juan Pablo Hernandez shot consecutive rounds of 72 (+1) and is tied for 40th. Jonathan Khan is three over par and is tied for 47th. Trent Redfern rebounded from a first round 78 (+7) with a 71 (E) in the second round and moved into a tie for 54th.
Round three will be held tomorrow with tee times beginning at 9:00 a.m. PDT. Live stats will be available at golfstat.com
Top Five Teams
1 Stanford 330 345 675 -35
2 Arizona State 337 351 688 -22
3 Southern California 340 349 689 -21
4 Washington 338 352 690 -20
5 UCLA 340 353 693 -17
Top Five Individuals
1 Jesper Kennegard, ASU 63 66 129 -13
2 Joseph Bramlett, Stanford 66 66 132 -10
3 Sihwan Kim, Stanford 63 70 133 -9
Eric Mina, California 65 68 133 -9
5 Richard Lee, Washington 64 70 134 -8
T16 Tarquin MacManus 67 71 138 -4
T25 Rich Saferian 68 72 140 -2
T35 Philip Bagdade 71 72 143 +1
T40 Juan Pablo Hernandez 72 72 144 +2
T47 Jonathan Khan 73 72 145 +3
T54 Trent Redfern 78 71 149 +7