LAS VEGAS – University of Iowa senior Mac McClear is through 18 holes competing individually at NCAA Regionals at Bear’s Best Las Vegas Golf Course.
McClear enters as the second-seeded individual in the Las Vegas regional. The field of teams includes No. 4 Arizona State, No. 6 Stanford, No. 20 Oklahoma State, Northwestern, East Tennessee State, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Davidson, Kansas City, Lehigh, Long Beach State, UNC Greensboro and Oregon State.
McClear is battling for a bid to the NCAA Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. The top individual finisher not on a qualifying team at the regional will advance.
McClear was two-under par (70) on the day, positioning himself in a tie for 33rd heading into the second of three rounds at Bear’s Best.
Utah Valley’s Brad McKinlay is the low scorer not from a team currently in the top five on the leaderboard to lead individual qualifying for the national tournament. McKinlay shot 66 (-6) on Monday, putting McClear four strokes back.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH TYLER STITH
“He missed a few opportunities on the back nine that hurt his momentum. When a course is getable like this it’s easy to lose your patience. There’s plenty of golf still to play. A good round tomorrow and he is right back in it.”
McClear tees off round two at NCAA Regionals at 11:42 a.m. (CT) on Tuesday.