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Tough day sees Edwards drop at super regionals

Edwards
Only eight players under par in Round 2

As weather conditions escalated, so did scores at The Home Course in Dupont, Washington.

A day after Fort Lewis College junior Darren Edwards shot 2-under-par 70 to open in a tie for fourth place at the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf South Central/West Super Regional, he shot a 7-over 79 to fall into a seven-way tie for 30th at 5 over.

Colorado State University-Pueblo star Andrew Ni moved from the group tied for fourth into the solo lead with a second consecutive round of 2-under 70. He owns a two-shot lead ahead of Texas A&M Commerce’s Zach Burnes and Thomas Jenkins of Sonoma State University.

Four more players are in a tie for fourth at 1 under.

Ni moved into the lead after starting hot with three birdies in his first eight holes. He made the turn at 2 under and shot even on the back-nine to post another 70.

Edwards, playing as an individual, had a tough front-nine with a double bogey on the 448-yard par-4 opening hole. He had another double bogey on the par-4 ninth and made the turn at 6 over for his round.

His score ballooned as high as 8 over before a birdie on No. 17 kept him under 80 for the round. He has birdied the 17th in both rounds.

Edwards will look to get back into it during the weekend in the field of 86 players. Weather conditions are expected to improve from Friday’s rain that led to only eight players in the field shooting under par.

jlivingston@durangoherald.com