CU Buffs’ Daniel O’Loughlin slips in standings at NCAA Northwest golf regional

University of Colorado junior golfer Daniel O’Loughlin had his struggles here Tuesday in the NCAA Northwest (Pullman) Regional, shooting a 5-over par 75 that dropped him 36 spots in the standings and likely put him out of contention of advancing individually to the NCAA Finals later this month.

O’Loughlin owns a 68-75—143 scorecard after 36 holes of play on the Palouse Ridge Golf Club course, a 7,232-yard, par-70 layout. He had two birdies and nine pars opposite seven bogeys. Four of the latter came between holes 12 and 17, but he did bounce back to end his round with a birdie on the par-5 18th for the second straight day. He opened with a bogey to begin the round and made the turn at 3-over.

He is 55th in the standings, after ending round one in a tie for 19th. To advance to the NCAA Finals, he needs to be the top individual not attached to one of the five teams that will advance; two players leading in the area at present are in with 8-under 132 scores.

“Daniel just had a tough day,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said. “It was a combination of things. He got off to a slow start then was out of position a few times and just couldn’t get it back. He kept fighting and finished with a good birdie on 18.”

Oklahoma’s Blaine Hale is the individual leader after carding an 8-under 62 Tuesday; he’s in at 10-under 130 through 36 holes, leading a trio of golfers by two shots. Hale had eight birdies and 10 pars in shooting 31 on each nine in the second round.