RALEIGH, N.C. – Charlotte’s Franco Castro posted a two-under round of 69 to help him climb up 23 spots at the end of rounds one and two of the 2014 NCAA Raleigh Regional tournament. Castro successfully got in nine holes in Thursday’s day one before have to finish the opening round as well as play a full second round due to showers and thunderstorms that suspended play on Thursday afternoon.
In his first nine on Friday, things got off to a rocky start for Castro posted a double bogey seven on the par five first. The junior immediately bounced back with a birdie two on two and a birdie on the par four fourth getting back to even par through four holes. As luck would have it for Castro, he dropped a pair of shots with bogies on five and six before another birdie on the par five seventh. After a bogey on the par three eighth and par four on nine, the inclement weather set in forcing the suspension of play for the entire field until lunch time on Friday.
Resuming play on Friday, Castro couldn’t turn things around quickly for his opening round with bogies on 10 and 11 before smoothing out with three-straight pars on 12, 13 and 14. His second and final double of round one came on the par five 15th before a par, birdie and bogey concluded his first round of six-over par 77. Castro would stand in a tie for 65th after the full completion of round one.
After a brief break, Castro would start round two in solid fashion with five-straight pars before back-to-back birdies on six and seven getting himself to two-under par. His first birdie made up for an earlier bogey on the par three sixth before his second-straight on the par five fifth. Castro would give one of those shots back with a bogey five on nine to finish the front nine at one-under 34.
Just like he started the front side, Castro did the same on the back with five-straight pars halfway through his final nine. A birdie on the par five 15th led to a bit of revenge after the double in round one before three-straight pars closed out his two-under round of 69. Castro climbed up his 23 spots standing tied for 42nd overall heading into Saturday’s final round.
"Franco was able to get more out of his round in the afternoon,” remarked Head Coach Ryan Cabbage. “He had several pretty good up-and-downs to keep his round going. He also made a few more putts which always helps.”
Castro’s final round will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday going off of the back nine. He will be paired with fellow individual J.T. Poston of Western Carolina and Emanuel Petrich of Bethune-Cookman.
On the team side, fifth-ranked Georgia Tech has a commanding 16-shot lead on second place and eighth-ranked Washington. The Yellow Jackets stand at a whopping 28-under par (540) while the Huskies are at 12-under (556) through two rounds. Three other nationally-ranked teams, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Florida State are all under par as a team heading into Saturday. Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans leads the overall field at -8 with rounds of 66 and 68 to lead teammate Bo Andrews, Kentucky’s Stephen Powers and Washington’s Jonathan Sanders by one stroke.