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Fink, Franklin In Position For Nationals
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
Release: 05/16/2014
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EUGENE, Ore. – Saturday at the Eugene Country Club is going to be fun, exciting and interesting, as Oregon State golfers David Fink and Alex Franklin are both in position for the coveted one spot that receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

The low individual at the NCAA West Regional in Eugene, who isn’t on one of the five top teams in the 13-team field, will advance to the NCAA Championships at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., which will be held Friday, May 23 to Wednesday, May 28.

Fink carded four birdies in Friday’s second round, including chirps on his first and final holes, to fire a 1-under 69 and sits at even-par 140. Franklin is only two shots back after shooting a 2-over 70-72--142 over the two days at the par-70, 6,990-yard Eugene Country Club.

Stanford (-2), Oklahoma (+7) and Oregon (+9) look to be locks for three of the top five spots unless they blow up in Saturday’s final round. South Carolina (+19) is fourth and North Florida and Houston (+23) are currently tied for fifth. Chattanooga (+27) and East Tennessee State (+29) are seventh and eighth, respectively.

If the tournament ended today, Chris Robb of Chattanooga would earn the lone individual spot as he sits a single shot ahead of Fink with a 1-under 67-72--139. Rhys Pugh of East Tennessee State (1-over 141) and Niklas Lindstrom of Liberty (2-over 142) are also in the mix for the automatic individual bid.

Saturday’s final round will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Eugene Country Club and admission is free to the public. Fink and Franklin will be paired together for the second straight day when they start on the 10th hole at 10:04 a.m.

Fink had the “look” when he walked to his first hole, the par-4, 401-yard 10th, on Friday. The lefty promptly hit a drive more than 300 yards down the middle of the fairway, threw a dart to a foot from the cup and tapped in for birdie to begin his outstanding round. After the quick start, Fink carded three more birdies, 11 pars and three bogeys to shoot a 1-under 69 in the second round of the three-day, 54-hole tournament and move him into a tie for fifth overall.

Franklin opened the tournament with an even-par 70 but looked to be out of contention for the automatic bid after a double-bogey and two singles that had him at 4 over through 11 holes of the second round. He held his composure and finished with five pars and birdies on the par-4 fourth and par-4 ninth holes for a 2-over 72. The junior transfer is tied for 10th on the individual leaderboard.

* player is participating as an individual rather than as a team member.
Course:Eugene Country Club: NCAA Men's Golf West Regional     Par 70 - 6990 Yards
position player team scoring rounds total
score
current start to par thru today 1 2
1 1
3 Patrick Rodgers
Stanford -7 F -3 66 67 133
T2 T14
  Zach Foushee
Oregon -1 F -2 71 68 139
T2 T2
  Chris Robb (10)
Chattanooga -1 F +2 67 72 139
T2 T14
2 Cameron Wilson
Stanford -1 F -2 71 68 139
T5 T14
  David Fink (10) *
Oregon State E F -1 71 69 140
T5 T4
  Will Starke
South Carolina E F +2 68 72 140
T7 T6
90 Michael Gellerman
Oklahoma +1 F +2 69 72 141
T7 T21
  Rhys Pugh (10)
ETSU +1 F -1 72 69 141
T7 T6
  Beau Titsworth
Oklahoma +1 F +2 69 72 141
T10 T11
  Alex Franklin (10) *
Oregon State +2 F +2 70 72 142
T10 T11
81 Niklas Lindstrom (10)
Liberty +2 F +2 70 72 142
T10 T30
  Brandon McIver
Oregon +2 F -1 73 69 142
T10 T14
  Charlie Saxon
Oklahoma +2 F +1 71 71 142
T14 T11
  Viraat Badhwar
Stanford +3 F +3 70 73 143
T14 T6
  David Boote
Stanford +3 F +4 69 74 143
T14 T4
50 MJ Maguire
North Florida +3 F +5 68 75 143
T14 T6
  Byron Meth (10) *
Pacific +3 F +4 69 74 143
T14 T14
  Mike Nagy (10)
Tennessee +3 F +2 71 72 143
T19 T21
  Parker Jones
North Florida +4 F +2 72 72 144
T19 T41
  Thomas Lim
Oregon +4 F E 74 70 144
T19 T6
  Kyle Pilgrim
Houston +4 F +5 69 75 144
T19 T21
67 Curtis Reed
Houston +4 F +2 72 72 144
23 T21
  Ben Dietrich
South Carolina +5 F +3 72 73 145
T24 T54
  Christopher Hickman (10)
ETSU +6 F E 76 70 146
T24 T30
  Liam Johnston (10)
Chattanooga +6 F +3 73 73 146
T24 T21
71 Matthew NeSmith
South Carolina +6 F +4 72 74 146
T24 T30
  Sulman Raza
Oregon +6 F +3 73 73 146
T24 T21
31 Roman Robledo
Houston +6 F +4 72 74 146
T24 T14
  Michael Schoolcraft
Oklahoma +6 F +5 71 75 146
T24 T2
  Kyle Westmoreland (10) *
Air Force +6 F +9 67 79 146
T31 T21
  Louis Cohen Boyer (10)
Wichita State +8 F +6 72 76 148
T31 T30
93 Oliver Goss (10)
Tennessee +8 F +5 73 75 148
T31 T41
  Will Murphy
South Carolina +8 F +4 74 74 148
T31 T48
  Ewan Scott (10)
Chattanooga +8 F +3 75 73 148
T31 T41
  Caleb Sturgeon
South Carolina +8 F +4 74 74 148
T31 T30
  Filippo Zucchetti (10)
Baylor +8 F +5 73 75 148
T37 T30
  Pete Fernandez (10) *
UC Irvine +9 F +6 73 76 149
T37 T48
  Andreas Gjesteby (10)
Baylor +9 F +4 75 74 149
T37 T48
  Taylor Hancock
North Florida +9 F +4 75 74 149
T37 T41
  Chase Marinell (10)
Liberty +9 F +5 74 75 149
T37 T54
  Ian McConnell (10)
Liberty +9 F +3 76 73 149
T37 T60
  Max McGreevy
Oklahoma +9 F +2 77 72 149
T37 T30
  Adrian Meronk (10)
ETSU +9 F +6 73 76 149
T37 T21
  Austin Padova
North Florida +9 F +7 72 77 149
T37 T30
  Julian Woodfork (10)
Northern Colorado +9 F +6 73 76 149
T46 T54
53 Cody Blick (10) *
San Jose State +10 F +4 76 74 150
T46 T41
  Steven Kupcho (10)
Northern Colorado +10 F +6 74 76 150
T46 T41
  Joey Petronio
North Florida +10 F +6 74 76 150
T46 T21
  Jonathan Woo
Oregon +10 F +8 72 78 150
T50 T54
30 Kyle Jones (10)
Baylor +11 F +5 76 75 151
T50 T14
  Jerry Ruiz (10)
Baylor +11 F +10 71 80 151
T50 T30
  Chandler Rusk (10)
Wichita State +11 F +8 73 78 151
T50 T68
  Jack Smith (10)
Tennessee +11 F +1 80 71 151
T50 T54
  Tyler Torano (10) *
Loyola Marymount +11 F +5 76 75 151
T55 T41
  Grant Bennett (10)
Wichita State +12 F +8 74 78 152
T55 T48
  Mathieu Fenasse (10)
Liberty +12 F +7 75 77 152
T55 63
  Danny Keddie (10)
Tennessee +12 F +4 78 74 152
T55 T68
60 James Ross
Houston +12 F +2 80 72 152
T55 T30
  Owen Taylor (10) *
Sacramento State +12 F +9 73 79 152
T55 T64
  Alex Wennstam (10) *
GRU Augusta +12 F +3 79 73 152
61 T60
  Wesley McClain
Houston +13 F +6 77 76 153
T62 T68
  Davis Bunn (10)
Chattanooga +14 F +4 80 74 154
T62 T64
  Ben Krueger (10)
Northern Colorado +14 F +5 79 75 154
64 T30
  Maverick McNealy
Stanford +15 F +12 73 82 155
T65 T54
  Max Mason (10)
Wichita State +16 F +10 76 80 156
T65 T64
  Frederick Wedel (10) *
Pepperdine +16 F +7 79 77 156
67 T64
  G. Kristjansson (10)
ETSU +17 F +8 79 78 157
68 T60
  Brandon Rodgers (10)
Tennessee +18 F +11 77 81 158
T69 73
  Jack Cummings (10)
Northern Colorado +19 F +7 82 77 159
T69 T48
  Mateusz Gradecki (10)
ETSU +19 F +14 75 84 159
71 T48
  Niclas Mansson (10)
Baylor +21 F +16 75 86 161
T72 T68
  Wes Gosselin (10)
Chattanooga +23 F +13 80 83 163
T72 74
  Jacob Mast (10)
Liberty +23 F +10 83 80 163
74 72
  Conner Barr (10)
Northern Colorado +25 F +14 81 84 165
75 75
  Alec Heinen (10)
Wichita State +26 F +12 84 82 166
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