Wallen Battles through Rainy Second Round



SAMMAMISH, Wash. – Senior Ryan Wallen carded a 74 (+3) in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Division I Washington Regional on Tuesday at the Aldarra Golf Club. Rainy conditions delayed the round nearly four hours.


Wallen, a Washington native accustomed to the weather conditions, started the day similar to the first round. Pars on the first two holes and a birdie on the par-five 12th hole dropped him to even par for the tournament. He would close out his opening nine holes with one more birdie and three bogeys.


“Ryan played hard and the conditions were awful, but he dealt with it and made it through the day,” UW head coach Joe Jensen said. “He hung in there and I’m proud of how he competed. Regardless of his position, he has to go play solid tomorrow and have fun. If he gets some putts to drop, you never know what will happen.”


Playing in the final group of the day, Wallen continued to fight through poor playing conditions through the evening. His card on the final nine holes consisted of just two bogeys but no birdies.


Wallen is still in the mix to earn a spot in the NCAA Men’s Division I Championship. The top five teams from the Washington Regional will advance, along with the top individual that does not belong to one of the five advancing teams. Among individuals not on a top-five team, Wallen is tied for 12th but only four strokes off of the leaders, who sit at even par.


Play will resume tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. MT. Follow @wyo_golf on twitter for pairing information and further updates.


Team Standings - Top Five

1. USC: 280 – 283 = 563 (-5)

2. Florida State: 278 – 288 = 566 (-2)

3. Kent State: 287 – 282 = 569 (+1)

4. Penn State: 290 – 288 = 578 (+10)

5. Alabama: 283 – 297 = 580 (+12)


Individual Standings outside of Top Five

T1. Kyle Mueller (Michigan): 71 – 71 = 142 (E)

T1. Nick Carlson (Michigan): 68 – 74 = 142 (E)

T1. PJ Samiere (San Diego State): 71 – 71 = 142 (E)

T4. 5 players at +2

T9. 3 players at +3

T12. Ryan Wallen: 72 -74 = 146 (+4)

T12. 2 other players at +4