Smith Tied for Second After Two Rounds of NCAA Pullman Regional

Zach Smith tees off during the second round of the Pullman Regional on Tuesday. (Photo by Spencer Farrin)
Zach Smith tees off during the second round of the Pullman Regional on Tuesday. (Photo by Spencer Farrin)

PULLMAN Wash. - UC Santa Barbara senior Zach Smith is tied for second-place after recording a 3-under par 67 in the second round of the Pullman Regional on Tuesday at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course. Smith stands at 8-under par entering Wednesday's final round.

The Pleasanton, Calif., native is the the only player who entered the second round in the top-five to remain in the top-five. He shot a very consistent round as he birdied three holes on the front nine and two on the back nine. Smith had just two boogies and finished with five consecutive pars to close out the round.

"Today was another outstanding performance by Zach," said head coach Steve Lass. "Club and shot selection were especially difficult today as the wind reached 20 to 30 miles per hour over the final nine holes. Zach did a very nice job of managing his game to fit the windy conditions."

Smith, along with BYU's Rhett Rasmussen and Tim Widing of San Francisco, trail Oklahoma's Blaine Hale by two shots. Hale carded an 8-under par 62 on Tuesday and enters the final round with a 10-under 130. There is a four-way tie for fifth with Scott Stevens of South Carolina, Andy Ogletree of Georgia Tech, Walker Lee of Texas A&M and Coby Welch of Northern Colorado each at 7-under par. There are eight players tied for ninth, four shots off the pace.

In the team competition, Texas A&M is 23-under par, three shots ahead of Oklahoma, four ahead of Georgia Tech, six hp on BYU and 11 ahead of Colorado State. The top five teams advance to the NCAA Championship while the top individual from among the other 50 players (including the nine teams that do not advance and the five individuals) will also advance. 

The third and final round will be played Wednesday.