|Men's golf fifth|
KOHLER, Wis. – University of Idaho sophomore Daniel Sutton remains among the leaders at the NCAA Kohler Regional at Blackwolf Run – Meadow Valley, while the Vandals are the verge of earning a position in the championship meet.
Sutton added an even-par 72 to his opening 69 for a two-day total 141 and third with 18 holes to play in the regional tournament. His up-and-down round included four birdies and four bogeys and leaves him just three strokes off the pace by two-day leader Alejandro Tosti of Florida, who is at 138.
Idaho was tied for the team lead after the first 18 holes and enters the final 18 in fifth after a second-round 299. The low five teams automatically qualify for the NCAA Championship Meet at the Eugene (Ore.) Country Club.
The Vandals’ 11-over 299 put them at six-over for the tournament and six strokes back of fourth-place Arkansas. Florida, a first-day co-leader, is 11-under for the tournament after a six-under Tuesday. Illinois is second at four-under and Florida State is third at two-under.
“We struggled a little bit getting off of the tee so that put us in positions where we were scrambling to get back into position to make par instead of more of an attacking mode,” coach David Nuhn said. “That’s going to be the difference – being in good position to score and making putts.”
Nuhn said a reminder about Monday’s five-under par effort and what it took to get there could be the impetus to push the Vandals into their first national championship tournament.
“We just need to go out and execute tomorrow,” he said. “We need to execute our game plan and stick with it for 18 holes even if we have a rough patch. We need all five guys to think that their score is going to count.”
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