The Nevada men's golf team is going to need a big round Wednesday to advance to the NCAA Championships.
After a solid first day at the Albuquerque Regional on Monday, the Wolf Pack dropped five spots on day two Tuesday. Nevada fired a 4-over 292 one day after a team score of 3-under 285. The Wolf Pack is in 10th place in the 14-team field and must finish in the top five to advance to the national championship. The No. 5 team in the field is at 8 under after two days, so Nevada will have to make up nine strokes and leap a series of teams to make its first NCAA Championship since 2006. Nevada's score of 292 was ranked 11th out of 14 teams Tuesday.
Brendan MacDougall was the only Wolf Pack golfer to shoot under par Tuesday, firing a 2-under 70 for the second straight day to keep alive Nevada's hopes of making a move Wednesday. The transfer from High Point University had six birdies and four bogeys. He is tied for 10th in the 74-player field and could still qualify for nationals individually with a strong final round. MacDougall's 12 birdies are tied for the most in the tournament.
In addition to the top-five teams advancing to nationals, the top individual not associated with one of those teams qualifies for the NCAA Championship. The top individual not on a top-five team entering the final 18 holes at UNM Championship Course on Wednesday is at 8 under, four strokes ahead of MacDougall.
The Wolf Pack's other four players all shot between 1 over and 3 over Tuesday. Sam Harned, the team's top-ranked player, shot a 1-over 73 with four birdies and five bogeys. He's at 4 over for the tournament. Trey Davis was 2 under with one eagle, one double bogey, one birdie and three bogeys. He's at 3 over for the tournament. Sam Meek, who fired a 5-under 67 on Monday, finished shot 3 over Tuesday with one birdie and four bogeys. His 2 under overall is tied for 16th. And Peyton Callens fired a 3-over 75 on Tuesday and is 10 over for the tournament.
Oregon State's Spencer Tibbits leads the field at 9 under. The Beavers shot 13 under Tuesday and leads the tournament at 20-under par. Texas Tech is second at 15 under; Arizona State third at 12 under; and South Carolina and Texas A&M are tied for fourth at 8 under. No. 1 overall seed Oklahoma has had two mediocre days and is in ninth place at 3 under.