AUSTIN, TX (KPLC) - McNeese’s Blake Elliott took one step closer to advancing to the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships when on Tuesday, the Texas native shot a 1-under par 70 to end the second round of the NCAA Men’s Golf Austin Regional in a tie for ninth place at 1-under on the individual leaderboard.
As it stands, Elliott would be one of the top five individuals not associated with either of the top five teams in the tournament, meaning he would qualify to the NCAA Championships.
On top of that, he’s just three strokes behind five players who are tied for the lead at 4-under par.
Elliott will tee off in Wednesday’s final round at 10:04 a.m.
The Liberty Hill native began the day in a tie for 13th after shooting an even par 71 at the University of Texas Golf Club. After scoring pars his first seven holes, he shot birdies on Nos. 8 and 11 to get to 2-under for the round and the tournament.
He then recorded three more pars before losing a stroke with a bogey on No. 15, then ended with three pars to finish with a 70.
Elliott, who is ranked No. 21 nationally and one of 30 Division I men’s golfers named a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, is second on the leaderboard among golfers non on either of the top five teams.
The top five teams advance to the NCAA Championships as well as the top five individual finishers not on either of those teams.
Texas is the team leader with a 16-under score, followed by Pepperdine, Clemson, TCU and Arkansas.