JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - With no other team making a serious charge up the leaderboard at the NCAA Division II South Central / Midwest Super Region golf tournament, the ACU Wildcats had a shot to make up some serious ground on the leaders from Central Missouri.
But even though they posted a better score in Tuesday's second round than they did in Monday's opening round, the Wildcats still didn't make up much ground on the top five. After shooting a 16-over-par 304 on Monday, the Wildcats followed that with a 7-over-par 295 for a 599 score. ACU enters Wednesday's final round at 23-over-par and in 12th place.
Central Missouri leads the way at 1-under-par 575 through two rounds, 15 strokes ahead of Central Oklahoma and Washburn, both of which are 14-over-par 590 through 36 holes. Indianapolis is in fourth at 15-over-par 591, while Grand Valley State is in fifth at 16-over-par 592.
The top five teams and the top two individuals not with a team from each regional (regardless of region) will advance to the national championship tournament, which will be played May 15-19, at The Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky., as part of the 2012 NCAA Division II Spring Championships Festival. The Festival will be hosted by Bellarmine University the Louisville Sports Commission.
The Wildcats will have to put together a special day on Wednesday in order to make the field for the national tournament. They are seven strokes out of fifth place, a spot that would give them a return trip to the NCAA Division II national tournament.
Junior Alex Carpenter played much better Tuesday than he did on Monday, shooting a 2-under-par 70, seven strokes better than his opening-round 77 on Monday. Carpenter is tied for 15th in the individual standings at 3-over-par 147.
Freshman Corbin Renner shot a second-round 76 and is tied for 37th at 6-over-par 150, while freshman Luke Carpenter shot a second-round 76 and is tied for 70th at 10-over-par 154. Trey Sullivan is tied for 70th as well after his second-round 73 left him at 154.
Kyle Dickerson is tied for 80th at 11-over-par 155 after shooting an 8-over-par 80 on Tuesday.