WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Pavan Sagoo continues to lead Saint Mary's in the 2017 NCAA Regionals after posting a second round 70 to be sixth in the field, as the Gaels sit in eighth place at 14-over par.
Heading into tomorrow's final round, Saint Mary's sits 11 shots back of the fifth and final place to advance to next week's NCAA Championship.
If the team is unable to advance to the championship, Sagoo would have a shot at moving to the championship if he finishes tomorrow as the low individual in the field.
New Mexico leads the field after shooting a field-best 6-under in today's 18 holes. UNLV is in second place, three strokes back of New Mexico at 3-under par, while No. 1 seed Florida, Purdue and Auburn are all in third at 3-over par.
The Gaels will tee off the 10th tee in the final round tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. ET. SMC will play alongside seventh place team Augusta, and the ninth place team South Carolina.
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Conditions were tougher in today's action, as forecasted wind picked up later in the round with temperatures in the 70s and 80s.
Sagoo started his round with an impressive birdie on the par 5 10th. After his drive found the right rough, Sagoo punched his ball to the left side of the fairway, leaving his approach 20-feet right of the pin. Putting his ball off the right fringe, Sagoo converted the tough birdie putt.
Sagoo would score three more birdies in his front nine, including the difficult 18th hole. The junior score two bogeys early in his back nine, but fought back with a birdie on the 7th.
Senior Hunter Rappleye scored a second round 74 to be tied-20th in the field. Rappleye scored an impressive birdie on the par 3 13th for his lone birdie of the day. The senior recorded three bogeys in the round for the 2-over 74.
Fellow third year player Perry Cohen shot 3-over on day 2 for a round of 75. Cohen would shoot seven straight pars to open the round, but the dreadful par 3 17th forced the junior into a double bogey. The 17th is the toughest ranked hole in the tournament and has allowed just two birdies in two days of action.
Cohen would bounce back with birdies on holes 4 and 5 en route to the 75.
Today's conditions forced Connor Biick into a tough round of 77. The second toughest hole so far, Blick scored a double bogey on the 475-yard par 4 18th. Despite birdies on holes 2, 5 and 13, the junior carded five bogeys on the day in the windy conditions. Blick is third in the field in par 3 scoring average (2.75).
Junior Roman Aragon started off slow, but finished his round steady with seven straight pars on his back nine. Aragon shot 3-over in his front nine but finished with pars on holes 2 through 8.
He would go on to bogey hole 9, which is ranked the third toughest hole so far in the tournament. The third year player shot a second round 77, a two-stroke improvement from the opening round.
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