May 16, 2014
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. - Senior Sam Love finished with an even par 72 in the second round to help keep the No. 21 UAB men's golf team on top of the leaderboard at the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional at the Rich Harvest Farms course. The Blazers remain one stroke ahead of No. 9 Illinois heading into the final round on Saturday.
"I am very pleased with today's round," said head coach Alan Murray. "They have been playing in tough conditions. It looked like we might not play today. There was a two-and-a-half hour delay this morning so we are happy to get the second round in. We are trying to win this tournament. We have some good teams behind us so we need play well tomorrow to finish out the job."
UAB and Illinois traded the lead back-and-forth most of the day, but the Blazers held on with several birdies and an eagle in the final holes. The team has remained consistent across the first two rounds, finishing with a 292 (+4) for the second round to match its first round score.
Love, who is currently tied for second place individually with a 145 (+1), scored two birdies and had 14 pars in his even par round. The 72 was his second-best score in NCAA regional play round, after his 68 in the 2011-12 season.
Junior Paul Dunne matched his first round score with a 73 (+1) to give him a 146 (+2) for the first two rounds. He is currently tied for tenth individually. Dunne had two birdies on the day. Senior Thomas Sutton rebounded from his first round with a solid 73 (+1) on Friday. He notched three birdies for the Blazers.
Sophomore Martin Rohwer finished his second round with a 74 (+2). Rohwer had four birdies, including three in the final seven holes. He is currently tied for 14th with a two-round total of 148 (+4).
"They boys played really well," remarked Murray. "Sam was excellent with an even par score out there today. Paul was his usual steady self and Martin as well. Even Wilson, made an eagle and had a great up and down on the 17th hole. He didn't count, but that showed his maturity and senior leadership. To throw out a three over par on this golf course is pretty impressive for a team.
Although his score didn't count towards the team total today, senior Wilson McDonald finished with a solid 75 (+3) in the second round. He landed a great second shot on the green of the 17th hole to set up a four-foot putt that he converted for eagle. McDonald is tied for 12th individually with a 147 (+3) total.
UAB will be back on the course tomorrow for the final round of the regional. The Blazers are looking to qualify for the NCAA Championships, as the top-five teams from each of the six regionals advance.
Sutton will tee off first for the Blazers at 8:45 a.m., followed by Rohwer at 8:56 a.m., McDonald at 9:07 a.m., Dunne at 9:18 a.m. and Love at 9:29 a.m.
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