May 17, 2013
University of Cincinnati senior David Tepe (Liberty Township, Ohio) registered a 7-over par 78 Friday in the second round of the NCAA Men's Golf Championships at the Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.
Tepe ranks 73rd in the player standings with an 82+78=160 score heading into the final round Saturday on the Scarlet Course (par 71, 7,268 yards).
Tepe started much better than his opening round on Thursday. The senior began on the 10th hole Friday and produced par scores on each of the first four holes. Bogies on No. 14 and No. 17 marked Tepe's only blemishes on the back nine and resulted in a 2-over par score when he made the turn. The front nine wasn't as accommodating though as Tepe posted bogies on five of his final nine holes that culminated in a 7-over 78 for the day.
"David's strength has always been his ability to drive the ball and, unfortunately, he's done a poor job of that this week," UC head coach Doug Martin said. "This is a difficult course and when you're not in a good position off the tee you're in trouble."
UNLV's Carl Johnson sits atop the player leader board with a 2-under 68+72=140. He's one of only four players who have managed to record an even par or better score along with Texas Tech's Matias Dominguez (1-under 70+71=141); South Carolina's Will Starke (1-under 68+73=141) and New Mexico's James Erkenbeck (even par 72+70=142).
UNLV (16-over 292+292=584) shot 8-over Friday and climbed into a tie for first place with South Carolina (16-over 288+296=584). Auburn (18-over 293+293=586) and Stanford (18-over 291+295=586) are tied for third, two strokes back.
"The golf course is winning this week," Martin said. "It appears, when you compare the other course scores across the nation, this is the only site where the team leading the tournament is over par."
The top five teams advance to the NCAA Championship finals May 28-June 2 at The Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga. The top individual finisher not from one of the top five teams also advances to Atlanta.