Men's Golf
Men's Golf Increases Lead at WAC Championships





RENO, Nev. The Nevada men’s golf team increased its lead to 10 strokes after the second round of the Western Athletic Conference Championships, being held Monday-Wednesday, April 30-May 2 at the par 72, 7,269-yard Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno.

 

The Wolf Pack came into the day leading the nine-team tournament by three strokes but carded a 12-under 276 in Tuesday’s second round to take a 10-stroke advantage over Boise State with a two-round total of 22-under 554 (278-276). Boise State is in second place with a two-round total of 564, followed by Fresno State (566), Hawai’i (567) and Louisiana Tech (575) in the top five. Rounding out the nine teams are New Mexico State (578), Idaho (580), San Jose State (584) and Utah State (587).

 

“Last night, I talked to the players about sticking with our game plan. We wanted to have the low round of the day. That was our goal. We knew that if we could have the low round again today, no one could catch us,” third-year Nevada head coach Rich Merritt said. “I am extremely proud of my team. When you can throw out an even-par round, you know you’ve had a good day.”

 

Sophomore Matt Rippy turned in the best round of the day for the Wolf Pack on Tuesday, carding a career-low five-under 67. He turned in birdies on four of his last six holes and is tied for fourth with a two-round total of five-under 139 (72-67). Freshman Taylor Coffman shot a three-under 69 for the second consecutive day and is in third place at six-under 138. Freshman Ryan Hallisey (69-71) and junior Chase Cooper (68-72) are both tied for sixth at four-under 140, while junior James Haban climbed 13 spots from 40th to a tie for 27th with a two-round total of three-over 147. He rebounded from a first-round 78 with a three-under 69 on Tuesday to tie his career low.

 

“I was just trying to stay positive and grind it out. Up until (hole) 13, I hadn’t made a putt all week,” Rippy said. “At 13, I made a decent length putt, and that got me going. I knew I had a couple of par 5’s coming up. Once that putt dropped and I hit a good tee shot on the par 5, I finished strong.”

 

“I’m really proud of James Haban. He bounced back from a struggling round, going from 78 to a 69. Matt Rippy really stepped up with a 67 today, his collegiate low round. He’s obviously stepping up at the right time of year,” Merritt said.

 

Fresno State’s Grant Doverspike continues to lead the tournament individually after carding a five-under 67 on Tuesday for a two-round total 11-under 133 (66-67). He holds a two-stroke lead over Utah State’s Devin Daniels (69-66=135).

 

The WAC Championships wrap on Wednesday with final-round tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Nevada will tee off starting at 9 a.m. in Wednesday’s final round. The winner of the WAC Championships will earn the league’s automatic berth to one of the three NCAA Regionals.

 

Live scoring is available throughout the day at www.golfstat.com, while final results and a recap will available at www.nevadawolfpack.com.

 

“Our game plan and focus for tomorrow won’t change at all. If anything, we’ll be more focused because the weather forecast is supposed to be bad. In college golf, 10 shots can be made up in a heartbeat in bad weather. By no means are we going to take anything for granted tomorrow,” Merritt said.

 

“We’re just confident from the last two days. Sometimes it’s tougher to back up a round than to shoot a good first round. We had a good first day and backed it up in the second round. There’s no reason we can’t do it on the final day,” Rippy said.

 


 

 

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