Owls Tied For Sixth: In Position for NCAA Championship

Friday, May 20, 2011

OCALA, Fla. – The Kennesaw State men’s golf got off to a remarkable start at the Golden Ocala Golf Club as the Owls combined to shoot nine-under-par through the first three holes including a hole-in-one by Jeff Karlsson on the Par-3 replica of Augusta National’s number 12. The Black and Gold are tied for sixth place just two shoots out of second after posting the afternoons second best round of 281, -7 at the Southeastern NCAA Regional.

“I am really proud of how the guys got after it early in the round,” head coach Jay Moseley said. “We hit a lull in the middle of the round and a lack of execution on the last hole kept us from turning in a stellar round. We are in great position for the final round with a chance to win and that was the goal from day one.”

The Southeastern Regional is one of six tournaments taking place around the country this weekend, three with 13 teams competing each, and the other three with 14 teams each. The top five finishers after 54 holes in each region tournament will advance to the NCAA Finals, which begin May 31 in Stillwater, Okla.

Sophomore Ben Greene is still the leader amongst the Owls after posting a 71, -1 to conclude round two tied for fourth amongst individuals.

Jeff Karlsson put together one of the best rounds of the season including two eagles with his hole-in-one and four birdies before concluding play with a triple bogey on hole nine to finish T-17th shooting a 69, -3.

Junior Matt Nagy returned to his sub-par play turning in a 70, -2, while senior Chad Wilson vastly improved his scoring from round one turning in a 71, -1.

Freshman Jonathan Klotz stayed consistent on day two shooting a 73, +1 for the second day in a row.

Reigning National Champions Augusta State posted the low round of the day, firing a 275, -13 to jump eight positions to take the lead heading in to the final round. Trailing the Jaguars is host school Florida who are tied with North Carolina State at 569, -7.

Arkansas and Baylor are tied for fourth at 570, -6 with the Owls and Georgia Southern nipping at their hills in sixth, 571, -5.

The Owls tee off Saturday for the final round at 7:50 a.m. (ET) and will be paired with Arkansas and Baylor.