Hudson, Spencer card 3-under; KU golf third

NCAA Stockton Regional
The Reserve at Spanos Park | Stockton, Calif.
Par-72 | 7,239 yards
Andy Spencer scored a 69 for the second day in a row.
After Round 2

Place Team Score
T1 #7 Alabama 562 (-14)
T1 Iowa State 562 (-14)
3 #43 KANSAS 563 (-13)
4 #18 Stanford 568 (-8)
5 #31 TCU 569 (-7)
T6 #30 Oregon 572 (-4)
T6 #42 Colorado 572 (-4)
T8 #6 LSU 576 (E)
T8 UNC Greensboro 576 (E)
10 #19 Southern Cal 579 (+3)
9 Kennesaw State 582 (+6)
12 UC Irvine 583 (+7)
13 North Dakota State 592 (+16)
Individual Leaderboard (Top 5)
Place Name Team Score
1 Brandon Wu STAN 134 (-10)
2 Norman Xiong ORE 135 (-9)
3 Denzel Ieremia Iowa St. 136 (-8)
T4 Wilson Furr ALA 137 (-7)
T4 Hayden Springer TCU 137 (-7)
Kansas Leaderboard
Place Name Score
T6 Andy Spencer 138 (-6)
T10 Daniel Sutton 140 (-4)
T21 Daniel Hudson 143 (-1)
T26 Harry Hillier 144 (E)
T34 Charlie Hillier 145 (+1)

STOCKTON, Calif. – For the second-straight day, a Kansas senior came up big at the NCAA Stockton Regional at The Reserve at Spanos Park. Daniel Hudson scattered five birdies and a pair of bogeys Tuesday to finish with a 3-under 69, matching the output of sophomore Andy Spencer, who shot a 69 for the second-straight round.
The Jayhawks led the 13-team field for the majority of the day, but a pair of double bogeys on No. 17 dropped KU back to third place with a 282, one stroke off the lead at 13-under. Kansas will head into the final round trailing Alabama and Iowa State, which are tied for first, while Stanford (-8) is fourth and TCU (-7) is fifth.
“We played solid again (Tuesday),” head coach Jamie Bermel said. “We had a couple of sloppy three-putts, but overall another good day.”
Spencer will start the final round tied for sixth after sitting at 6-under through 36 holes. He was the model of consistency for the round, as he opened the day with a birdie and added another on No. 6. After shooting par on the other front-nine holes, Spencer carded two more birdies on No. 11 and No. 14, before posting his only plus-score for the round with a bogey on No. 15. It was the 10th time Spencer notched a score in the 60s this season and his third 60s-score in his last five rounds played.
After shooting a team-high 74 Monday, Hudson rebounded with his 3-under 69. As a result, Hudson jumped into a tie for 21st with is 1-under 143. The round was his sixth time in the 60s this season and the 16th of his career.
“Andy played real well again and Dan Hudson stepped up with a very good round, too,” Bermel added. 
Monday’s individual leader, Daniel Sutton, finished his second round at 1-over and dropped into a tie for 10th. Playing at even par, Sutton ran into problems on No. 17 and posted a double bogey, but was able to get a stroke back with a birdie on No. 18.  
Another big story on the day was the play of Harry Hillier. The freshman cruised through the front nine with seven pars and back-to-back birdies on No. 5 and No. 6.  On hole No. 11, Hillier added another birdie to sit at 3-under with six holes to play.  However, a bogey on No. 13 and a double bogey on No. 17 set him back and Hillier finished with a 1-under 71. He is currently tied for 26th and even after two rounds.
His older brother, Charlie Hillier, posted a second-round score of 1-over and is the same over two rounds.  He is tied for 34th with a 145. Charlie Hillier appeared to be heading toward an even-par score for the second-straight day, but a bogey on No. 18 put him on the plus-side of the ledger.
“Wednesday is a big day,” Bermel said. “This is why we play college golf; to get in this position. We need to do our thing and not worry about scores, position and etcetera.  I believe our guys will be ready for the challenge.”
With a top-five finish, the Jayhawks will qualify for their first NCAA Championship appearance since 2000.
Kansas will play the final round with Iowa State and Alabama, the same threesome as the second round, as the groups tee off at 9:30 a.m. CT.  Live scoring for the NCAA Regional is available at

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