NORMAN, Okla. (5/15/18) – Arkansas State senior Tanner Napier carded a second-round 69 Tuesday at the NCAA Regional men's golf tournament in Norman, Okla., giving him a combined 36-hole 144 total as he climbed from tied for 36th place to tied for 19th among the 75-player field.
The two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection opened the three-day tournament yesterday with a first-round 75, but shot 3-under today to pull back to even par for the entire outing. In the process, he also closed within three strokes of the current individual leader playing for a chance to advance to the NCAA finals.
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the six regionals will advance to the finals. Napier will enter Wednesday's final round three shots behind Virginia's Dillon Woods, who is currently the individual leader not on one of those top five teams in the standings.
Oklahoma remains atop the team leaderboard, while Pepperdine and North Florida sit second and third, respectively. Auburn and Brigham Young are tied for fourth place, and Woods' Virginia team is in seventh. There are six other individuals not on one of the top five leading teams standing between Napier and Woods.
Napier trails five players tied for 14th place by only one stroke and is within two of the top-10 individual leaders. The Paris, Texas, native birdied six holes on the day, including five on the front nine. He finished the round with nine pars and three bogies, all of which came on the front nine as well.