AUSTIN, Texas – On moving day, California Baptist University was headed in the right direction at the NCAA Division II West Regional Tournament.
The Lancers cut eight strokes off their first round score Tuesday at the Grey Rock Golf Club, as they looked to keep their hopes of a top-six finish and berth to the NCAA Division II Championships still alive.
In 17th place with a two-day total of 620, CBU sits 23 strokes off sixth place. St. Edward’s leads the 20-team field with a 585, while Chico State is in sixth with a 597.
"Obviously, the guys improved a lot today," head coach John Hackney said, "but we'd dug ourselves too big a hole in the first day."
Four of five Lancers improved on their first-round scores Tuesday, with the other adding one stroke to his first-day score.
All-PacWest finisher and CBU freshman Tai Kuida put together his team’s best round with a one-over-par 73 Tuesday. Micah Machado is still the highest Lancer up on the individual leaderboard after he shot a 74 Tuesday, a one-stroke improvement from Monday. Machado is tied for 26th place with a 149 through the first two days, while Kuida’s 152 has him at 46th.
"Tai had a great finish with birdies at seven, eight and nine to end his round," Hackney said. "Micah had six birdies to shoot 74, so those two guys had pretty solid days."
Stephen Watson has a 155 through two rounds after he shot a 78 Tuesday. He sits in 59th place, while Fredrik Hansson and Neil Hand are both tied for 100th with identical scores of 166. Hansson shot an 81 Tuesday, while Hand shot 83 for the second day in a row.
The third day of the tournament begins Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., as the Lancers look to continue to close out their season on a strong note.
"Tomorrow is just going to be about the guys playing for pride," Hackney said. "We have three seniors with Micah, Stephen and Fredrik and I'd like to see them go out with great rounds."