UC's Squires posts 76 in second round of NCAA Regional
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - University of Cincinnati sophomore Austin Squires (Union, Ky./Ryle High School) posted a 4-over 76 Tuesday and is tied for 26th place at 4-over 72-76=148 after two rounds of play in the NCAA Tournament at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (Kampen Course) in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Squires started his day with a birdie on the 10th hole but a bogie on the 11th hole and a triple bogie on the 12th hole helped lead to a 4-over score at the turn. He settled down on the front nine, posting a birdie and seven par scores with only one bogie.
“Austin did not have his best stuff today,” UC head coach Doug Martin said. “His execution of shots early in the round put him in trouble and on a golf course like this one you really need to be on your game. But other than the 12th hole, I think he played a solid round.”
The West Lafayette regional is one of six 54-hole regional tournaments played across the country, May 15-17. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams are competing at Purdue. The low five teams and the low individual not from one of those five advancing teams will move on to the finals, May 26-31, at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
New Mexico (6-under 288-282=570) vaulted into first place in the team standings Tuesday and enters the final round with a three stroke lead on UNLV (3-under 287-286=573). Florida, host Purdue and Auburn are tied for third with identical 3-over 292-287=579 scores.
Squires trails the tournament’s individual leader, Illinois State’s Trent Wallace (6-under 68-70=138), by 10 strokes entering Wednesday. The UC sophomore is tied for 10th place among potential individual qualifiers not currently attached to those team listed in the top five of the team standings.
“This week has always been about developing as player and looking at the things he needs to do to become a better player,” Martin said. “He’s still on a learning curve and working on the things he needs to do to improve even more are what’s most important.”
Information provided by UC Athletics.