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Solid Second Round has Tars Tied for Fifth at NCAA Regional

Barry Babbitt has the Tars on the cusp of an NCAA National Championship appearance
Barry Babbitt has the Tars on the cusp of an NCAA National Championship appearance

CONOVER, N.C. (May 8, 2018) – A second-straight round in the 290's has Rollins tied for fifth at the NCAA Division II South/SE Region Tournament and on the cusp of a bid to the national championship.

Day 2 Results

In a field that features the top-11 ranked teams in the country, the 10th-ranked Tars have been one of the most consistent teams, shooting a score of 294 on Monday and a six-over 290 on Tuesday to sit tied with Lincoln Memorial in fifth at 16-over for the event.

Top-ranked West Florida is one-under for the tournament with rounds of 282-285 while second ranked and defending national champion Florida Southern and fifth-ranked Barry are two shots back of the Argos in a tie for second. Lynn is fourth at five-over, just 11 strokes ahead of the Tars and LMU.  

Carson-Newman is seventh at 17-over and Delta State eighth at 18-over. Columbus State and Georgia Southwestern are tied for ninth at 22-over.

The top-three teams after Wednesday's final round receive automatic bids into the NCAA Division II National Championship with as many as seven teams from the region earning spots. Last season, the NCAA took seven teams from the region and each of those schools finished in the top-nine at the national championship.

After shooting a two-over 73 on Monday, senior Barry Babbitt fired a two-under 69 on Tuesday to jump 16 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 12th at even par. Starting on the back, he suffered a double-bogey on the second hole of the day, but responded in a big way with three-straight birdies. A birdie on the par-five 18th got him to two-under at the turn. Babbitt then got to three-under with a birdie-2 on No. 3 and later took a bogey on No. 7 before closing his round with two straight pars. Babbitt's 10 birdies are tied for the most in the tournament and he leads the field in par-five scoring, averaging 4.33 strokes and playing them at four-under.  

Sam Grindle and Morgan Egloff are both tied for 20th with two-over par scores of 144.

Grindle posted a 71 on Monday and came back with a two-over 73 on Tuesday. His first nine holes were back and forth with three birdies, three pars, two bogeys and a triple on the par-three 14th. The senior settled down on the front and got birdies on No. 2 and No. 7 sprinkled between two bogeys to remain in the top-20 of the 108-player field.

Egloff turned in a second-straight one-over 72 on Tuesday. He shook off a double bogey on the second hole of the day and put up three birdies to get to one-under with seven holes to play. He took two bogeys coming down the stretch, but still jumped one spot on the leaderboard into the top-20.

Brock Drogosch is tied for 82nd at 12-over behind a first round 78 and second round 76. Will Hall followed a first round 79 with a second round 88 and slipped to 103rd place at 25-over for the tournament.

John VanDerlann of Florida Southern leads the field at seven-under while Lincoln Memorial's Sam Broadhurst and Carson-Newman's Tom Forster are tied for second at five-under.

Lenoir-Rhyne is hosting the regional championship at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, North Carolina.

The Tars are grouped with Lincoln Memorial and Lynn for the final round Wednesday with tee times starting at Noon. Fans can follow the action with live scoring at GolfStat.com.