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Utah Golf Concludes Second Day of Pac-12 Championships

Brent Pollock had Utah's best round on the second day of the Pac-12 Championships

Brent Pollock had Utah's best round on the second day of the Pac-12 Championships

April 26, 2014

MARANA, Ariz. - Utah men's golf wrapped up the second day of the Pac-12 Championships by completing their second and third rounds of play.

In the second round, Brent Pollock led Utah, shooting a 73 (+1). With three birdies on the front-9, Pollock improved his score by six strokes from the first round.

He was tied with Ben Bankhead at 8-over for the tournament, tops among the Ute contingent. Bankhead also birdied three holes on the front-9 which saw him finish the second round at 2-over

Casey Halliday had four more birdies and was third overall for the Utes after a second-round 79. Meanwhile, Daniel Engle birdied three holes on the back-9, including the final two holes, to improve by nine strokes from the first round.

The remaining Utah players, Jonathon Thomas and Jack Maerki, shot and 81 and 85, respectively.

Bankhead continued to lead the Utes in the third round, shooting a 4-over 76 and notching consecutive birdies on the par-4 No. 8 and No. 9. Thomas had his best round of the tournament after birdying at No. 5 and No. 15 to finish at 7-over.

Maerki, who is one of the leaders at the tournament with 34 pars, finished at 8-over, and Engle was right behind him at 9-over. Pollock birdied two par-5's on the front nine at No. 2 and No. 7 but struggled along with Halliday, who still leads the Utes with nine birdies in the tournament.

No. 3 Stanford increased its lead in the third round by 15 strokes and now leads arch-rival Cal by 21 strokes. The No. 4 Golden Bears have a three-shot lead over No. 10 Washington, who sits in third. No. 20 USC moved up to fourth after a solid third round and No. 25 Arizona State sits fifth, four strokes back of the Trojans.


 

 

The No. 1-ranked player in the nation, Patrick Rodgers of Stanford, maintained his lead atop the leaderboard. He currently sits five strokes ahead of USC's Paul Smith heading into the final round.

Chen-Tsung Pan of Washington, ranked No. 37 in the nation, moved from 10th to third and sits at 1-under for the tournament. No. 8-ranked Brandon Hagy of Cal and No. 2-ranked Cameron Wilson of Stanford are both at even par to round out the top five.

The final round of tournament play begins at 7:30 a.m. MT tomorrow morning.

UTAH RESULTS
Benjamin Bankhead: 74 -76 (t36)
Brent Pollock: 73-82 (t55)
Jonathon Thomas: 81-79 (61)
Casey Halliday: 79-85 (t62)
Jack Maerki: 85-80 (t64)
Daniel Engle: 80-81 (69)

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