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Vanderbilt takes lead, Ducks mount charge

EUGENE — Vanderbilt put together an even-par round and moved ahead of the pack after Saturday’s second round of the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships at Eugene Country Club, a par 70, 7,014-yard course.

The Commodores were paced by a 2-under round from senior Matthias Schwab, who soared 27 spots up the individual leaderboard to sit in a tie for sixth.

Two strokes behind Vanderbilt is Southern California, which climbed one spot, as the Trojans shot a 2-over 282 today to move to 5-over for the tournament.

Trojan freshman Justin Suh continued to be on fire as he finished 3-under for the day and 5-under for the tournament, putting him atop the individual leaderboard. After recording three birdies to just one bogey on the front nine, Suh went bogey-free after the turn and put together his second under-par round of the tournament.

Right behind Suh in a tie for second is Alabama’s Robby Shelton and San Diego State’s Nahum Mendoza III. Shelton’s 4-under 66 is the lowest round recorded.

Arkansas, which was tied for the lead after Friday's opening round, fell two spots to third after shooting a 4-over 284. LSU and host Oregon are both two strokes behind the Razorbacks.

The Ducks jumped up 15 spots after finishing 3-under Saturday, receiving sub-par rounds from freshman Edwin Yi and redshirt junior Sulman Raza.

“I just thought we were kind of lazy out there (Friday), and this was the National Championships,” Ducks’ coach Casey Martin said. “I wanted them to bring it today. It’s exciting. We’re in position and we’ve just got to keep doing it.”

Yi, who is tied for sixth, had a stretch of three holes on the front nine where he sandwiched two birdies around an eagle to move to 3-under. A bogey on the eighth put him at 2-under, which led the team.

The third round of stroke play is today. The field will then be cut to the top 15 teams and nine individuals.