STOCKTON, Calif. - UC Davis junior Ryan Han enjoyed a strong start to his second round at the NCAA Stockton Region men's golf tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park Tuesday. He turned in a 2-over-par 74 for the day, putting him in a four-way split for 14th place on the individual leaderboard with one round left to play.
The aerospace engineering major from Hollister, California, and San Benito High alumnus sank four birdies in the first six holes to stay at or near the top of the individual leaderboard. An approach shot to within inches of the cup on the first hole and a 12-yard out from the bunker on the sixth highlighted this start.
However, Han scored bogeys on three of the four par-4s from 9 through 14, slipping from 3-under to even par for the round. A pulled tee shot on the 17th also led to another bogey, dropping him to 2-over for the day.
No. 7 Alabama compiled an 8-under 280 in Tuesday's round to pull into a tie with Iowa State atop the team standings. Each enters Wednesday's final round at 14-under. Kansas stayed just one stroke back of the lead with a 563-stroke total after two rounds, while No. 18 Stanford (-8) and TCU (-7) holding down the fourth and fifth spots on the team leaderboard. Oregon and Colorado share sixth place with a 4-under total of 572. The top five teams will advance to the national championship.
Leading the way for the lone at-large individual qualifier is Oregon's Norman Xiong at 9-under 135. UTEP's Charles Corner is tied for sixth at 6-under, with LSU's Luis Gagne at 5-under. Han sits two strokes behind that group. He will tee off at 9:53 a.m. on Wednesday.
The Stockton Regional concludes with an 18-hole final round on Wednesday. Live results are available via Golfstat, while Aggie coaches Cy Williams and Todd Hammond are live-Tweeting hole-by-hole coverage on the UC Davis men's golf Twitter feed (@UCD_MensGolf).
2018 NCAA STOCKTON REGIONAL
The Reserve at Spanos Park (Par 72, 7,235 yards)
TEAM STANDINGS (36 holes)
t1. Alabama, 282-280--562
t1. Iowa State, 278-284--562
3. Kansas, 281-282--563
4. Stanford, 285-283--568
5. TCU, 283-286--569
t6. Oregon, 289-283--572
t6. Colorado, 290-282--572
t8. LSU, 293-283--576
t8. UNCG, 293-283--576
10. USC, 295-284--579
11. Kennesaw State, 292-290--582
12. UC Irvine, 290-293--583
13. North Dakota State, 297-295--592
INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (36 holes)
1. Brandon Wu, Stanford, 67-67--134
t14. Ryan Han, 67-74--141
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