Kerns in Middle of Pack after Day Two of Regional|
May 17, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Marshall men's golfer Nathan Kerns dropped back one spot after round two of the Columbus NCAA Regional at the Scarlet Course on Friday. The senior is now tied for 33rd after repeating round one's score of 75 (+4). Kerns totals a 150 (+8) after the first two rounds.
"I felt like I played better today," Kerns said after round two. "Anytime I hit the ball well I expect to play well. Putting is my strength so today was a disappointing today. I let a few shots go with the putter and that is just not me.
"Something special could happen tomorrow," Kerns continued. "My game is pretty good right now. It's about playing relaxed and playing aggressive. We still have a chance at this thing."
Kerns had birdies on a par-4 hole 10, par-5 hole 12 and par-4 hole 15 after beginning the second round on hole No. 10 Friday morning. After the turn, Kerns was unable to bring his tally down and finished with three bogeys on the front nine.
"Nathan played better today," head coach Matt Grobe said. "I think the golf course was a little tougher. Hopefully going into tomorrow he is hitting on all cylinders and we should have a really special round. He played so much better today, but just couldn't make the putts. Yesterday he couldn't hit the ball very well, but today he hit the ball great and couldn't get the putts to fall."
UNLV and South Carolina tie for the lead after round two, each shooting a 584 (+16) for the tournament. UNLV's Carl Johnson shot a 72 on day two to take over as the individual leader. After a 68 in round one, Johnson is two under par with a 140 total.
Kerns will begin the final round of the regional at 9:40 a.m. ET tomorrow. He will be starting from hole No. 10.