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Clemson leads NCAA golf tourney by one stroke

Thursday, May 29, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Kyle Stanley, the tourney runner-up a year ago, shot a 4-under par 68 Thursday, helping Clemson to a one-stroke lead over UCLA at the halfway point of the NCAA men's Division I golf championship.

Stanley birdied four of the first seven holes on Purdue's par-72 Kampen Course and had two more birdies on the back nine to offset a double-bogey 6 on No. 12, the only hole he failed to make par. His two-round total of 140 was one stroke behind leader Billy Horschel of Florida, who finished Thursday's round on the 7,450-yard course at 5-under par 67.

The top score of the day was by Nick Taylor of Washington, whose seven birdies helped him to a 6-under par 66 and a two-round total of 141 for third place.

First-round leader Kevin Chappell of UCLA shot a 73 and fell to a fourth-place tie with Georgia's Hudson Swafford at 142. Southern Cal freshman Tim Sluiter, who won his first college tournament in March, was at 143 for sixth place.

Joel Sjoholm of Georgia State was next at 144, and Jorge Campillo of Indiana and Chris DeForest of Illinois were tied at 145. Jamie Lovecraft of USC, the medalist last year, was well back in the field at 154.

USC, the tournament's top seed, was tied with UCLA after the first round on Wednesday but dropped to third with a combined score of 591, one stroke behind the Bruins and two strokes behind Clemson. USC won the women's team title last week and is trying to become only the second school -- Arizona was the first in 1990 -- to win both the men's and women's championships the same year.

Florida was fourth after Thursday's round at 593, one stroke ahead of Oklahoma State. Washington was sixth at 595, followed by Georgia at 596, defending champion Stanford at 597, Kent State at 598 and Charlotte at 601.

The field of 30 teams will be cut after Friday's round to the top 15 going into Saturday's finals.

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