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Scott, Todd help Georgia to lead

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Georgia's Richard Scott shot a 1-under
69 and teammate Brendon Todd added a 70 in windy conditions
Thursday to help the Bulldogs increase their lead to nine strokes
after the second round of the NCAA Division I tournament.
"You've got to put aside thinking about leading or winning and
just take it one shot at a time," Scott said. "On this course and
with these teams playing, if you lose focus, it can bite you. We're
just worrying about each shot."
Georgia had a 4-over 284 total Thursday -- counting the top four
scores from the five-player squad -- to finish 36 holes at 2-under
558 on the Caves Valley course. Chris Kirk added a 71 for the
Bulldogs, and Kevin Kisner and David Denham shot 74s.
"If you had told me after two rounds we'd be under par, I would
have taken that without a doubt," Georgia coach Chris Haack said.
"I'm proud of the way the guys are playing. They're all focused on
the task at hand. They're doing a good job of staying in the
present and not getting emotional."
Tennessee, 8 over in the second round, was second at 7 over,
followed by Georgia Tech at 9 over, Southern California at 12 over
and UNLV, Duke, Georgia State and Washington at 14 over. Top-ranked
Oklahoma State was 15th at 21 over.
Tulsa fell into a tie for 26th place with Texas A&M at 32 over.
The top 15 teams after Friday's round advance to the finals.
Pepperdine's Michael Putnam topped the individual leaderboard,
shooting his second straight 67 for a 6-under 134 total. Augusta
State's Major Manning (70) was a stroke back, and Washington's
James Lepp (67) and Georgia Tech's Roberto Castro (68) were three
strokes behind Putnam at 3-under 137.
Putnam had an eagle, two birdies and a bogey -- on his final
hole.
"I played solid all day," Putnam said. "I only hit one bad
shot and that was on the last hole. My mind-set for the day was not
to make a bogey. I think when you have that mind-set, it helps make
the day a little more relaxing."
Defending champion Ryan Moore of UNLV, also the 2004 U.S.
Amateur and U.S. Public Links winner, followed his opening 72 with
a 73 for a 5-over 145 total. New Mexico's Spencer Levin, who tied
for 13th last year in the U.S. Open, also struggled, shooting a 75
for a 7-over 147 total.