The 12th-ranked Stanford men's golf team not only kept its lead following the second day of the NCAA Stanford Regional on Tuesday, the Cardinal added nine strokes to its lead at cool and cloudy Stanford Golf Course.
Taking full advantage on its home track, the second-seeded Cardinal combined for a 9-under-par score of 271 and has a 36-hole total of 15-under 545. No. 3-ranked and top-seed Arizona State and No. 26 and fifth-seed North Carolina share second at 5-under 555.
"These guys have really been focused on looking ahead all spring," said Stanfoprd coach Conrad Ray. "That was the message we were trying to send today is to get to 20-under par and see if that's good enough to win. The greens were a little bit faster and the north breeze was tough, but I thought our guys did a good job."
Thirteen teams and 10 individuals are participating in the 54-hole regional. At the conclusion of play Wednesday, the top five teams and leading individual not a member of an advancing team qualify for the NCAA Championships, May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Five teams are under par.
Stanford begins play Wednesday at 8 a.m. on the first tee with Arizona State and North Carolina.
Once again, the Cardinal received strong contributions throughout the lineup. Senior Isaiah Salinda followed up Monday's 4-under 66 with a 67 and holds the individual lead at 7-under 133. He has bettered par in five straight rounds.
Teammates Brandon Wu (68-67) and David Snyder (67-68) are tied for second and two shots back at 5-under 135.
Salinda, with a squad-best 11 birdies in two rounds, made three birdies during his bogey-free round and closed with nine consecutive pars. Wu tallied four birdies and played his last 13 holes in 3-under while Snyder finished strong with birdies at 15, 16 and 18.
Teeing off first, freshman Daulet Tuleubayev gave Stanford a nice lift with a 1-under 69 and birdied two of his last six holes. He's tied for 29th at 2-over 142, while junior Henry Shimp is tied for 62nd at 148. For the second-straight day, three-of-five Stanford players birdied the par-5 first hole.
Ray said the goal Wednesday is to "win the day." The dry conditions could change, as the forecast calls for light rain.
The Cardinal is in search of its fourth consecutive team victory, previously winning The Goodwin, Western Intercollegiate and Pac-12 Championships. The last time Stanford won four in a row was in 2013-14, when it claimed The Goodwin, Western Intercollegiate, Pac-12 Championships and NCAA Regional.