May 16, 2012
BY ALEX PODLOGAR
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Fayetteville State star golfer Jacob Barge struggled in the second round of the NCAA Championship on Wednesday, carding a 7-over 79 to fall to 9 over for the tournament and into a tie for 80th.
Barge, a junior from Fayetteville who won the PGA Division-II Minority Golf Championship at The PGA Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Sunday, opened his round with a bogey before another bogey at the sixth hole dropped him to 4 over for the championship, which is being played at the 7,092-yard Cardinal Club Golf Course.
He made the turn in 2-over 38, but Barge, who recovered from a rough start to his first round to shoot a solid 74, bogeyed 10 and 11 before a triple bogey at the 558-yard par-5 13th dropped him to 7 over. Barge later bogeyed the 15th, but came back to close his round with a flourish, sandwiching a birdie on no. 17 with two pars.
Barge will play in the final round on Thursday, completing a staggering two weeks of golf that will have including three national-level tournaments, more than 2,500 miles of travel, nine competitive rounds of golf and three practice rounds.
Barge, though, has made the most of the grueling stretch, finishing fourth overall at the NCAA Atlantic/East Regional in Hershey, Pa., before leading the Broncos to a whopping 36-stroke victory at the Minority Championship, a record seventh title for Fayetteville State. Barge finished the 54-hole tournament at 3 under to win medalist honors.
Central Oklahoma's Josh Creel, who led the tournament after a first-round 65, put together a tidy round of 2-under 70 on Wednesday - including an eagle on the par-5 17th for the second straight day - to hold on to the top spot.
Chico State's Eric Frazzetta, who started the day tied for 36th after an opening round 73, scorched the course for a 9-under 63 on Wednesday to trail Creel by one stroke.
Frazzetta had seven birdies on the front nine, making the turn in 29, and made three more birdies around a bogey on the back side to roar into the lead, taking Chico State with him. The Wildcats lead Central Oklahoma by three strokes after a team round of 11-under 277. They lead the team tournament at 10 under.
The individual championship concludes on Wednesday, with the top eight teams seeded for match play, which will determine the national champion on Thursday and Friday.