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Kerns remains in 6th place

May. 18, 2013 @ 12:41 AM

COLUMBUS -- Marshall University golfer Nathan Kerns is tied for sixth place on the individual leaderboard entering the final round of the NCAA Columbus Regional on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State.

Kerns carded a second consecutive 4-over-par 75 on Friday.

Ohio State is hosting 13 teams and 10 individual players not on those teams.

The low individual after 54 holes are completed Saturday earns a berth in the NCAA Championship, May 28 to June 2, at The Capital City Club, Crabapple course in Atlanta.

Adam Schenk from Purdue leads the field of individuals after shooting rounds of 72 and 71 for a 143 total on the par-72, 7,286-yard course. Erik Van Rooyen from Minnesota is one shot back at 72-72 -- 144.

Kerns (75-75) and Charlie Bull of the Akron Zips (76-74) are in the sixth-place tie at 150.

"I felt like I played better today," Kerns said. "Anytime I hit the ball well I expect to play well. Putting is my strength so today was a disappointing day. I let a few shots go with the putter and that is just not me. Something special could happen tomorrow. My game is pretty good right now. It's about playing relaxed and playing aggressive.

"We still have a chance at this thing."

The Marshall senior from Ironton began the second round on the back nine and made pars on the first five holes, followed by bogeys on Nos. 6, 7 and 9. On his back nine he had birdies on Nos. 10, 12 and 15 offset by four bogeys.

He ended the round with three consecutive bogeys.

Marshall coach Matt Grobe said Kerns played better Friday, but couldn't make the putts.

"Hopefully, going into tomorrow he is hitting on all cylinders and we should have a really special round," Grobe said.

Kerns has a 9:40 a.m., Saturday, tee time. He's playing with Kyle Henning of Valparaiso and Van Rooyen.

UNLV and South Carolina share the team lead, two shots ahead of Auburn and Stanford while Texas Tech and New Mexico are three shots back.

The low five teams advance from the regional.



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