Feb. 12, 2004
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii - UC Davis made up 10 shots over first-day leader Georgia Tech and stand in a tie for second with UCLA just two strokes off the pace following the second day of play at the 2004 Taylor Made / Waikoloa Intercollegiates played on the par 72, 7,074-yard Waikoloa Kings' Golf Course on the big island.
Georgia Tech shot a tournament-best 16-under par 272 on Wednesday but couldn't sustain the momentum as it shot a 3-over par 291 on Thursday and sit 13-under par as a team at 563. The Aggies went 7-under par, 281, and sit two strokes back at 11-under, 565, entering Friday's final round. UCLA (565), which was in second after Wednesday, fired a 5-under par, 283, on Thursday and will join UC Davis and Georgia Tech in the final group Friday morning.
The University of Washington (566) is in fourth place while Arkansas (571) and Arizona State (571) are tied for fifth entering the final round. Arkansas, ranked No.21 in the nation, shot the day's low round with a 10-under 278.
Individually, UC Davis senior Scott Gordon holds a two-stroke lead after a 6-under par, 66, on Thursday, giving him a two-day total of 8-under par, 136. Gordon entered the day six strokes off the pace of Georgia Tech's Nicholas Thompson, but Thompson fired a 77 on Thursday and now stands five strokes off the pace at 141.
A trio of players are two stokes off the lead, including Hawaii-Hilo's Nick Mason, Oklahoma's Anthony Kim and Arizona State's Chez Reavie. All three players fired in the 60's on Thursday and stand at 6-under par, 138.
In addition to Gordon, three other Aggies finished the second day at par or better. Freshman Louie Bishop shot an even-par 72 on Thursday and stands at 2-under par, 142, tied for 14th. Steven Strong followed his even-par on Wednesday with a 1-under 71 on Thursday and is seven strokes off the lead at 143, tied for 20th. Junior Eric Restrepo has fired back-to-back 72s in the first two rounds and is tied for 29th at even-par 144. Senior Chris Kilkenny shot an 82 on Thursday to follow his 76 in the opening round.
"It was another good day for us," said UC Davis head coach Cy Williams. "This is a national championship-caliber field to be where we are after two rounds is exciting. I expect us to come out and play another good round on Friday.
"Scott (Gordon) is playing at a very high level right now," Williams continued. "It is not a fluke that he is on top of the field. He has worked very hard this season and is hitting the shots he wants to hit. It's a lot of fun to watch him play."
Play concludes at the Waikoloa Intercollegiates with a final 18 holes on Friday.