May 18, 2012

Guillaume tied for 3rd after 36 holes of NCAA Greensboro Regional

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Vaita Guillaume of Campbell University is tied for third place following Friday's second round of the NCAA Greensboro Regional men's golf championship at the Grandover Resort East Course.

Guillaume followed Thursday's 70 with a one-under 71 and is tied with Blayne Barber (73-68) of Auburn at 3-under 141, four strokes behind individual leader Matt Schovee of SMU (67-70—137).  Liberty's Robert Karlsson is second (70-69—139) is second.

A senior from Papeete, Tahiti, Guillaume moved into a tie atop the leader board at 5-under when he eagled the par-5 second (his 11th hole of the day).  Despite making bogey on two of his final seven holes, Guillaume stands two strokes ahead of Blake Biddle of UNLV (70-73—143) and Lamar's M.J. Daffue (70-73—143) heading into Saturday's final round on the par-72, 7271-yard Grandover East layout.

Liberty (283-293—576) holds a six-stroke edge over SMU (288-294—582) on the team leader board.  Florida (299-287—586) is third, while Auburn (296-292—588) and Lamar (295-293—588) are tied for fourth.  Texas Tech (294-295—589) is sixth in the 14-school field. The top five teams and low individual not on those teams at each of six regionals will advance to the NCAA Championship, May 29-June 3 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

The top five teams and low individual not on those teams at each of six regionals will advance to the NCAA Championship, May 29-June 3 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Playing in his third career NCAA regional tournament, Guillaume made two birdies and made the turn at one-under par after he birdied the par-five 18th hole for the second-straight day.

The Big South Conference player of the year has shot 70 or better in 16 of his 31 rounds this year, including a collegiate career-low 64 when he won last month's Wofford Coca Cola Invitational, his fourth individual title of the season.

Only five players in the 75-man field, that includes 14 teams and five individuals, enter Saturday in red numbers.  Guillaume will start the final round from the 10th tee at 9:50 a.m.