May 17, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss sophomore Blake Morris shot an even-par 72 on day two of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional to move into a tie for the individual lead heading into tomorrow's third and final round.
The Waterbury, Conn., native carded two birdies on Friday at the 7,274-yard LSU University Club. Morris birdied the par-3 No. 8 after seven-straight pars to open the round before posting back-to-back bogeys at No. 9 and No. 14. A birdie at the par-4 No. 15 followed by three-straight pars closed out Morris' even-par day.
"Blake had a very good round on a tough course," said Ole Miss head coach Ernest Ross. "He hit 15-of-18 greens and never missed a green by more than six feet. His iron play was as good as I have seen in quite a while. He had some good looks at birdie from 8-12 feet, but many were slick, downhill putts. He stayed very patient and never got frustrated when some birdie putts didn't go in. I am proud of his game today and even more proud for him keeping a steady, even mental state during the round."
Morris moved into a tie with Jonathan Grey, of Georgia State, who carded a 3-over par 75 in the second round for the individual lead. Both players are tied for 11th overall with a two-round total of 147. Florida is atop the team leaderboard after day two eight shots ahead of Alabama.
Five teams from each regional and one individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will take place May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga.
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