David Vaults Up The Standings On Day Two
Joe David

May 18, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. -- Ole Miss men's golfer Joe David carded a 3-under 68 in the second round of the NCAA Athens Regional to climb into a tie for eighth place on Friday at the University of Georgia Golf Course.

The top five teams and the top individual who is not a member of those teams will advance to the NCAA Championships May 29-June 3 in Pacific Palisades, Calif.  

David trails Philip Chian of Long Beach State by one stroke for the regional's individual bid.  

No. 4 Alabama stretched its lead to 12 strokes over second-place East Carolina.  No. 10 North Florida, No. 24 Georgia and No. 16 New Mexico round out the top-five in the standings after the second round.

"Joe hit it great today on a long, tough course," said Ole Miss head coach Ernest Ross.  "He worked hard on his putting after round one and found some new 'feel' keys.  He has a great opportunity tomorrow to play well and advance to Nationals."

After a tough beginning and finish  in Thursday's opening round, the senior got off to an excellent start on Friday with birdies on two of his first three holes and put together a solid finish with eight bogey-free holes.  

The second team All-SEC selection rolled in six birdies for the day, including two on holes that he bogeyed Thursday.  For the tournament, David sits at 2-under.  

"I knew I wasn't out of it after shooting a 1-over yesterday," said David.  "I just needed to come back and fire a good number in the second round. We set up a gameplan and worked on my putting.  I don't have a cushion, being one shot back [from Chian], but another good round tomorrow will go a long way.  I am looking forward to it."

David will wrap up play in the Athens Regional Saturday morning when he tees off in the final round.  You can follow along with live scoring at www.OleMissSports.com.  

1     Alabama  269-276--545
2     East Carolina  276-281--557
3     North Florida  271-291--562
4     Georgia  280-288--568
5     New Mexico  285-290--575
6     UNCW  282-295--577
T7     Houston  282-296--578
T7     Long Beach State  297-281--578
T7     Wake Forest  284-294--578
10     Augusta State  283-296--579
11     Iowa  288-293--581
1     Bobby Wyatt-Alabama  66-67--133
2     Justin Thomas-Alabama     67-67--134
3     Ryan Eibner-East Carolina  67-68--135
4     Kevin Aylwin-North Florida  65-71--136
5     Cory Whitsett-Alabama  68-69--137
6     T.J. Mitchell-Georgia  68-70--138
7     Philip Chian-Long Beach State  71-68--139
T8     Joe David-Mississippi  72-68--140
T8     MJ Maguire-North Florida  66-74--140
T8     Trey Valentine-South Florida  69-71--140
T8     Harold Varner-East Carolina  67-73--140






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