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Sophomore Bjarki Petursson carded a hole in one on his way to a 3-under-par 68 in Tuesday's second round, helping the Kent State men's golf team play itself into prime position to advance at the NCAA Regional in Sammamish, Wash.
Petursson holed out his tee shot on the 181-yard second hole at Aldarra Golf Club, and recorded four birdies while vaulting into a tie for seventh in the individual standings at 1-under-par through two rounds.
The No. 12 Golden Flashes shot 2-under-par 282 in the second round, the low score of the day at press time, for a two-round total of 1-over 569. They were in third place at press time, behind No. 24 Florida State (6-under) and No. 1 USC (5-under) -- which were both still on the course along with fourth-place Alabama (5-over). The top five teams after today's third and final round qualify for the NCAA Championships, and the Flashes are 12 strokes in front of sixth-place Washington.
Junior Ian Holt, who took a quadruple bogey on his first hole of the tournament but rallied to shoot 2-over 73 on Monday, was 4-under on Tuesday before taking a double bogey on the final hole. The former Stow High School star still shot 2-under 69, and is tied for 10th individually at even par.
Senior Josh Whalen parred the first 13 holes on his way to a 1-over 72 on Tuesday, and was also tied for 10th at even-par.
Junior Chase Johnson was 2-under through 12 on Tuesday, but struggled down the stretch and settled for a 2-over 73. Sophomore Gisli Sveinbergsson shot 4-over 75 in the second round, and rests in a tie for 29th at 4-over for the tournament.
The Flashes will look to earn their first trip to the NCAA Championships since 2013 today in Washington.