WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Freshman Nacho Elvira carded an even-par 72 on Thursday as No. 18-ranked Texas A&M remained tied for 12th place after the second round of the 111th NCAA Men's Golf Championship at the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.
The 30-team field will be trimmed to the low 15 after Friday's third round. The final round is Saturday.
The average score for the 156 players in the field was more than three strokes better than Wednesday's opening round.
A&M carded a six-over-par 294, a 15-stroke improvement from the first round (309), for a 603 total. The Aggies trail leader Clemson (589) by 14 shots.
"We played a lot better today," A&M Coach J.T. Higgins said. "It was not as windy and course didn't play as hard, but we just looked a lot better. We were aggressive and played more the way we've played all spring. We were a little tentative yesterday but today we were fearless.
"We're still in good position and just one great round away from contending for a national title," Higgins said. "I think we have that in us. I'm excited and anxious to see how we do tomorrow."
A&M sophomore Andrea Pavan (ahn-DRAY-uh puh-VAHN) is tied for 17th (75-73=148), Elvira is tied for 24th (77-72=149), junior Bronson Burgoon is tied for 63rd (80-73=153), senior Bobby Gates is tied for 70th (77-77=154) and junior Matt Van Zandt is tied for 114th (82-76=158).
Elvira was two-over with three holes to play but birdied the par-5 16th and the par-3 17th to pull back to even. Pavan birdied his first two holes en route to his one-over 73, while Burgoon bogeyed the final hole for a 73.
Florida's Billy Hoerschel is the individual leader with a five-under total of 72-67=139.
No. 4 UCLA is just one shot behind Clemson, followed by No. 3 Southern California (591), No. 7 Florida (593), No. 5 Oklahoma State (594), Washington (595), No. 1 Georgia (596), No. 6 Stanford (597), Kent State (598), No. 8 Charlotte (601), Middle Tennessee State (602), A&M (603), No. 19 Arizona State (604), Illinois (604), No. 2 Alabama (606), No. 23 Louisville (607), UAB (608), No. 16 Auburn (610), Penn State (613), East Tennessee State (613), San Diego State (613), UC Irvine (617), No. 17 Wake Forest (618), Virginia (619), Oregon (619), Texas (620), Mississippi State (623), No. 24 Indiana (623), Augusta State (634) and St. Mary's (Calif.) (642).??-
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