The second round of action at the NCAA Championships that was suspended due to a lightning delay and subsequent darkness on Wednesday was completed Thursday morning at the Honors Course in Ooletwah, Tennessee, located just outside of Chattanooga. Cal moved up one spot into a tie for 19th after the nine teams that had their rounds suspended on Wednesday.
Thursday morning the Bears were selected along with Texas Tech and Oregon State in the first group of the day for third round action. Stephen Hale was the round's first player off the tee at 9:30 a.m. EDT/6:30 a.m. PDT, and was followed over the next 38 minutes by Max Homa, Brandon Hagy, Michael Weaver and Eric Mina.
With its players now having completed holes 3-6, the Bears are at even par for the day and remained tied for 19th place at 11-over par for the tournament. Cal is currently 10 strokes out of the final match-play qualifying eighth-place position. None of the top eight teams have began their third-round yet.
San Diego's Alex Ching is the tournament's current leader at nine-under par, good for a two-shot lead over Augusta State's Henrik Norlander and Oklahoma State's Peter Uihlein. Ching and Norlander will play together on Thursday, teeing off at 2:49 p.m. EDT/11:49 a.m. PDT. Uihlein will start at 3:36 p.m. PDT.
Weaver is off to a strong third-round start and his moved up 31 places into a tie for 53rd place. He is two-under through his first four holes Thursday after birdies on the par-four first and par-three third holes.
Mina is tied with Weaver in a tie for 53rd place but has slid 10 spots from where he finished Wednesday's action. Mina is two-over par for the tournament and one-over thru four holes Thursday.
Homa is the next Cal name on the leaderboard, tied for 101st at six-over for the tournament and even-par thru six holes Thursday.
Hagy and Hale are tied for 120th at eight-over par for the tournament. Hale is one-over thru seven holes and Hagy three-over thru five on Thursday.
Stay tuned to the Bear Blog for updates.