PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Saint Mary's freshman Jonathan De Los Reyes shot a 5-over par 76 today in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Golf Championships at Riviera Country Club.
The Antioch, Calif. native is tied for 59th place among the 156-player field and will play his third and final round of the tournament tomorrow morning.
"Jonathan hit the ball well today, but he wasn't able to get the putts to fall," said SMC head coach Scott Hardy. "He did a good job of grinding it out and remaining determined. But, the conditions were tough. The greens get a lot of traffic with such a large field, which made it hard to make mid-length putts.
"He is getting a ton of experience and showing he will be a standout for years to come. I'm hoping he can end the season on a high note in tomorrow's final round."
Thomas Peters of Illinois enjoys a 2-shot lead for medalist honors over Anton Arboleda of UCLA and Tyler McCumber of Florida. Peters fired a 3-under par 68 today and was just one of 13 total golfers to register under-par rounds.
The University of Alabama leads the team race with a 2-round total of 4-over par 572. The Crimson Tide own a 4-stroke lead over second place UCLA and an 8-stroke advantage over third place Florida State. The top eight teams in stroke play advance to team match play competition, which determines the NCAA champion. Oklahoma, North Florida, Washington and Liberty comprise the rest of the top seven. Cal, Kent State, Florida, USC and Illinois enter the final day tied for the eighth and final qualifying spot.
One of six golfers participating in stroke play as an individual, De Los Reyes registered six bogeys and one birdie in today's round. He shot a 3-over par 38 on both the front and back nines.
His tee time for Thursday's final round will be set later today.