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Derek Oland Shoots a 74, on Day Two at Nationals

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Derek Oland Shoots in Second Round

Midwestern State junior Derek Oland had another grind it out day in the second round of the NCAA Division II Championships at The Meadows on the Grand Valley State campus.

Oland carded a 3-over-par 74 in his second tour of the par 71, 7,034-yard course to stand at 8-over 150, and moved into a tie for 28th in the individual competition.  He's eight strokes out of the lead of even-par 142 held by former MSU teammate Santiago Gomez of Nova Southeastern (Fla.).  Western New Mexico's Harry Wetton is second at 1-over 143.
"I hit the ball really well today," said Oland.  "But I'm having trouble putting, and that's not like me."
"He's really frustrated about that," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray.  "He battled today and hit the ball so well.  He still has a chance to go low."
The junior from McKinney, Texas/Boyd once again struggled on the back nine, but those were his first holes of this round after teeing off from the 10th on Tuesday morning.
"I only missed one fairway on the back side," said Oland. "That was on 15.  I still had only a five-footer to make par, and I 3-putted."
His double bogey on the 15th came after bogeys on three of the first five holes.  Then he bogeyed the 16th.
"I lost my composure on a couple of holes," Oland began.  "But I wasn't going to let one tournament ruin my year and got myself together."
He responded with a par on the 17th, then planted an 8-iron approach about five inches from the cup on 18 for a birdie to ignite the fire at the turn.
Oland picked up pars on his next two holes before dropping in consecutive birdies on 3 and 4.  Another 3-putt on the par 4 5th hole collected a bogey for the Mustang.
But on the par 4, 345-yard 6th hole, Oland's drive put him on the green about 15 feet away.  His eagle putt skidded by the lip, and he was able to tap in for the birdie.
He finished the round going par-bogey-par for the 3-over 74.
"The way I hit the ball, I could have shot a 68.  But the way I putted it could have been an 80," Oland stated.  "It was just a grind today."
"Derek was struggling to judge the speed of the greens, and that's so unlike him," said Ray.  "But he's a battler."
And that's what Oland is looking for in the final round on Wednesday when he tees off at 8:05 Texas time.
"I'm excited to play this course again," he said.  "I have something to prove."

 Derek Oland Named All-Region

Midwestern State junior Derek Oland was named to the Division II PING All-South Central Region Team on Tuesday by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Oland won the individual Lone Star Conference Championship and the individual title of the NCAA South Central/West Super Regional this season.
The junior from McKinney, Texas/Boyd also won three regular season tournaments, including the West Florida Argonaut Invitational where he set the MSU school record and tied the Pensacola Country Club record with a round of 10-under-par 62.
He entered this week's NCAA Division II Championship second in the Division II with a 71.20 stroke average that included 17 par or better rounds with seven rounds in the 60s.
Oland earned his second All-South Central recognition, after picking up the honors in 2013.  He was the only Lone Star Conference golfer named to the All-Region team in 2014.
Also named to the team were Josh Hernandez, Enrique Livas, and Brian Smith of St. Edward's; David Metz, Thomas Neve and Harry Wetton of Western New Mexico; Matt Van Winkle of St. Mary's (Texas); Minkyu Jeon of Colorado Christian; Sam Johnston of Oklahoma Christian; Michael Lee of Colorado Mines; and Colin Prater of Colorado Mesa.
A total of 106 players across the eight NCAA Division II regions earned All-Region honors in 2014.