May 18, 2012
University of Minnesota junior Erik Van Rooyen recorded an even par 71 in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Ann Arbor Regional at the University of Michigan Golf Course. Van Rooyen opened the regional on Thursday with a 74.
Van Rooyen moved up 11 spots from Thursday and will head into the final round in a tie for 30th place with a 36-hole total of 145. He is scheduled to start the final round at 8:40 a.m.
“It was an up and down day for Erik today,” said head coach John Carlson. “He again drove it in the rough a couple times on his second nine but he was able to make some really tough puts to help salvage the round. He certainly has the right mindset and is attacking the golf course. He has put himself into a position that with a solid final round he could certainly come out of here with an excellent finish.”
The round started a little shaky for Van Rooyen but he was quick to recover. He opened with a par on the 417-yard 10th, followed that with a double bogey on 11, but played holes 12-18 at one-under to take the turn at one-over par for the day. The front nine was up and down as well, as the South Africa native carded three bogeys and four birdies for his even par round of 71.
Van Rooyen sits in fourth amongst the individuals playing in the event. Xavier's Sebastian MacLean is still atop that list with a 36-hole total of 138. He is in a tie for seventh place overall.
The top five teams and one individual from each regional not on one of the advancing teams will head to the NCAA Championships at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.
The University of Southern California combined to shoot the round of the day, moving from sixth place to first and holds a one-shot lead over fellow Pac 12 member Oregon, Kent State and first round leader TCU.
The final round can be followed live on www.golfstat.com.
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