Hunter Eichhorn

Hunter Eichhorn

Marquette University photo by Thomas Campbell via Facebook

BRYAN, Texas — With two more regionals for the NCAA Division I men's golf championship than the women, the requirements for advancing to the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma are much more stringent.

The top five teams advance (not six as it was at the four women's regionals, including the one at University Ridge GC in Madison), and the top individual not on those teams does also (not three as allowed a week ago in the NCAA women's format).

Like it or not, that makes the mission Wednesday during the final round of the Bryan Regional fairly straightforward for the Marquette duo of Hunter Eichhorn and Matt Murlick: Go low or go home.

Unfortunately for both, they are going to have to go really low. That's the bad news.

The good news is that no matter what happens over the final 18 holes for Eichhorn and Murlick, their best golf is ahead of them. One is a freshman (Eichhorn), the other a sophomore (Murlick) and the experience will likely mean more than the result going forward.

For the record, Eichhorn made an 18-spot jump Tuesday with a 1-under-par 71 and finished the second round in a tie for 19th place 1-over 145. Likewise, Murlick moved up 12 spots with an even-par 72 that boosted him to 2-over , or Murlick, a sophomore, their best golf is ahead of them and

Eichhorn shot a 1-under-par 71 to make an 18-spot jump into a tie for 19th place, while Murlick’s even par 72 brought him up 12 spots into a tie for 25th at 2-over 146 after two rounds.

Wednesday’s final round will determine qualification for the NCAA Championships, which is May 25 through 30 at Karsten Creek GC in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The top five teams and top player from a non-advancing team will move on to the 30 team, 156-player national championship.

Two other individual qualifiers appear to have the inside track in the battle for the single individual qualifying berth.

Blake Elliott of McNeese State (70-68) and Mitchell Meissner of Rice (71-69) are the only golfers inside the top 10 whose teams are not in the top five. That means Eichhorn would have to shoot 7-under 65 and would not only need Elliott to shoot 72 to catch him, but would also need the three golfers between him and the leader — as well as the four others vying for the individual spot who are tied with Eichhorn — to stay right where they are on the leaderboard.

You're right. It might be better to look back on the work both Golden Eagles golfers did to improve their position Tuesday than look ahead to what might never happen Wednesday.

Eichhorn went out in 2-under thanks to his eagle on the par-5, 584-yard 8th hole.  After a double bogey on the par-4 13th, he made birdies on two of his last four to get back to 1-under for the round, his 17th round of par or better out of 31 total for the season.

Murlick was at even par through 14 holes before he made an eagle on the par-5, 551-yard 15th hole to get into red numbers. However, a double bogey-bogey-birdie finish left him at even-par 72, his 15th round of the season at par or better.

Scores were lower on Tuesday on the 7,127-yard course, down by nearly a stroke to 73.49 for an average round. Texas A&M is atop the team leaderboard at 18-under 558 (one shot ahead of Clemson) behind co-leaders in Chandler Phillips and Brandon Smith, who have each fired a pair of 68s.

Eichhorn tees off his final round at 9:20 a.m. CT, while Murlick goes off at 9:42 a.m.  Both players will start on hole No. 1.

Team/Player Leaderboard
Traditions Golf Club - 2018 NCAA Bryan Regional Par: 72 Yardage: 7121
Bryan, TX US
May 14-16, 2018
Click on the round header, (Rd 1, Rd 2, etc), to view previous round data
Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
1 Texas A&M University 279 279 558
T1 Chandler Phillips (1) 68 68 136
T1 Brandon Smith (4) 68 68 136
T8 Andrew Paysse (3) 72 68 140
T25 Dan Erickson (2) 71 75 146
T37 Walker Lee (5) 73 75 148
2 Clemson 283 276 559
T3 Doc Redman (1) 70 67 137
T3 Turk Pettit (3) 72 65 137
10 Bryson Nimmer (2) 71 70 141
T14 Colby Patton (5) 70 74 144
T49 Kyle Cottam (4) 73 77 150
3 Baylor 282 288 570
T6 Cooper Dossey (4) 68 70 138
T14 Garrett May (1) 70 74 144
T14 Matthew Perrine (3) 71 73 144
T19 Braden Bailey (2) 73 72 145
T40 Ryan Grider (5) 76 73 149
4 UCLA 288 288 576
T11 Cole Madey (1) 69 73 142
T11 Devon Bling (4) 73 69 142
T32 Hidetoshi Yoshihara (2) 73 74 147
T37 Eddy Lai (5) 73 75 148
T40 Tyler Collier (3) 77 72 149
5 Ole Miss 294 285 579
T3 Braden Thornberry (1) 69 68 137
T14 Beau Briggs (5) 75 69 144
T32 Josh Seiple (3) 74 73 147
T55 Cecil Wegener (2) 76 75 151
T64 Kerry Sweeney (4) 79 75 154
6 South Carolina 293 294 587
T19 Ben Dietrich (4) 75 70 145
T25 Scott Stevens (2) 71 75 146
T37 Keenan Huskey (1) 73 75 148
T49 Andrew Spiegler (5) 76 74 150
59 Will Miles (3) 74 78 152
7 Kentucky 298 291 589
13 Chip McDaniel (3) 69 74 143
T32 Cooper Musselman (2) 79 68 147
T40 Fred Allen Meyer (5) 73 76 149
T60 Maximillian Mehles (4) 80 73 153
T64 Lukas Euler (1) 77 77 154
8 Northern Colorado 306 287 593
T25 Joshua Matz (1) 71 75 146
T32 Li Chen (4) 78 69 147
T40 Andrew Romano (3) 79 70 149
T55 Coby Welch (2) 78 73 151
75 Marcus Tait (5) 84 83 167
9 UNCW 306 290 596
T25 Thomas Eldridge (2) 73 73 146
T40 Christofer Rahm (5) 73 76 149
T49 Blake McShea (3) 79 71 150
T60 Patrick Cover (1) 81 72 153
70 Reese McFarlane (4) 81 74 155
10 Mississippi State 300 299 599
T40 Taylor Grant (2) 76 73 149
T40 Garrett Johnson (3) 73 76 149
T49 Taylor Bibbs (4) 75 75 150
T55 Tanapat Pichaikool (1) 76 75 151
T64 Cameron Clarke (5) 78 76 154
11 Bradley University 297 303 600
T25 Drake Bushong (2) 74 72 146
T32 Ethan Brue (1) 73 74 147
T60 Michael Mounce (4) 76 77 153
T64 Zach Jewell (3) 74 80 154
T71 Matthew Specht (5) 76 80 156
12 San Francisco 304 300 604
T40 Jalen Griffin (5) 76 73 149
T49 Tim Widing (1) 75 75 150
T64 Soren Lind (2) 77 77 154
T64 Alex Chin (4) 76 78 154
T71 Henry Chung (3) 81 75 156
13 Georgia 303 302 605
T19 Spencer Ralston (1) 73 72 145
T55 Davis Thompson (3) 75 76 151
T60 Trevor Phillips (2) 75 78 153
73 Jack Larkin (5) 81 76 157
74 Zach Healy (4) 80 81 161
 
Individuals
Pos. Player (Team) Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
T6 Blake Elliott (McNeese State ) 70 68 138
T8 Mitchell Meissner (Rice ) 71 69 140
T14 Jake Brown (Indiana ) 72 72 144
T19 Mario Carmona (Rice ) 73 72 145
T19 Michael Perras (Houston ) 70 75 145
T19 Hunter Eichhorn (Marquette ) 74 71 145
T25 Michael Sass (College of Charleston) 71 75 146
T25 Matt Murlick (Marquette ) 74 72 146
T40 Zander Lozano (UTSA) 76 73 149
T49 Lewis George (Central Arkansas) 73 77 150