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.
TEAM STANDINGS NCAA ATHENS REGIONAL 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 INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS 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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