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.
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.
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.