Cantlay in the hunt for NCAA golf title

UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay shot three-under 69 Wednesday in the second round of the NCAA men's golf championships and is two strokes out of the lead with one round to play at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.

Cantlay began the day tied for 19th, but vaulted into a tie for third by making five birdies, including one on the 18th, to post a two-day total of three-under 141. He trails leader John Peterson of Louisiana State by two shots and is one behind second-place James White of Georgia Tech. Peterson shot 65 Wednesday, the low round of the tournament so far.

The individual national champion will be crowned Thursday at the end of the third round.

Cantlay's round also helped the Bruins remain in second place in the team standings with a even-par 288 in the second round. No. 2 UCLA has a two-day total of two-under 574 and is one shot behind No. 4 Georgia Tech. Gregor Main shot 70, Pedro Figueiredo shot 74 and Pontus Widegren shot 75 to round out the scoring for UCLA.

The top eight teams after Thursday's third round will advance to a single-elimination match play tournament to decide the national champion.The championship match is Sunday, June 5.