IT’S ALL WASHINGTON: Not everybody is in just yet, but the Huskies are 7-under for the tournament and the UW’s Darren Wallace (-5) and Richard Lee (-4) are 1-2 among individuals. Washington has a 16-stroke advantage over second-place Illinois. Needless to say, coach Matt Thurmond’s pretty confident about making reservations to Chattanooga for the NCAA championships. The top five advance. He pointed out that the Huskies came from 17 strokes back to win the ASU Thunderbird Invitational on April 2-3, so a 16-stroke lead, no matter how safe it looks, isn’t necessarily a lock for the team championship. But it looks pretty safe to me.
MORE ON GOLFSTAT’S PROBLEMS: The web site that college golf relies on to post updated scores has been struck in an internet traffic jam. The site’s owner said it’s had too much information to post and too many people logging in to view it.
PAC-10 DOMINANCE: Southern Cal’s now second and Oregon State is fourth behind Washington. Elsewhere around the country, Oregon leads the Southern Regional and California is currently second. Stanford leads the Central Regional and UCLA is fourth at the East Regional. The top five teams at six regionals advance to nationals.
1:40 p.m. UPDATE: Darren Wallace of the Huskies continues to play solid golf. He’s 3-under for the day with five holes to play and Washington’s even as a team and eight strokes ahead of Illinois in the team race. Nick Taylor, Washington’s Ben Hogan Award finalist, hasn’t got it going. He’s 2-over par for the day and the tournament. He took a double bogey 7 on No. 5 after flying his third shot over the green and into the water.
I just arrived at Gold Mountain for the second day of the NCAA West Regionals.
Once again, Golfstats.com, which provides live scoring, is having technical problems, so the scores aren’t being updated online.
Washington was back to even when I arrived and had a four-stroke lead over Oregon State. The Huskies started the day 2-under.
A side note: Former Husky Troy Kelly, who tied for second at the NCAA Championships his freshman year, is currently tied for ninth in the Nationwide Tour event in North Carolina. Kelly started the day in third place. He shot an even par 71. After playing the first 10 holes 3-under, he bogeyed three of the final eight holes.
There was no delay today as the weather cooperated today, although came down pretty good for a 10-minute period just a few minutes ago.