Scott, Todd help Georgia to lead

Updated: June 2, 2005, 9:48 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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