Throughout his four-year Augusta State career, Henrik Norlander has been Mr. Reliable.
After opening with 80 in the first round, he didn't plan to settle. In the fading sunlight, Norlander went back out to the driving range and did something rarely seen. He took off his shoes and hit balls.
In bare feet, he figured out his problem. His balance was off, and hitting balls shoeless helped him prevent his hips from spinning out.
The extra work helped Norlander find his game when Augusta State needed him most. Norlander's roommate, Olle Bengtsson, also rebounded in the second round. The Swedish duo helped the Jaguars climb two spots to seventh and remain in contention for making match play.
Augusta State held a slim two-shot lead over Texas A&M and four-shot lead over Southern Cal.
"After two days, we have a chance," Jaguars coach Josh Gregory said. "That's all you can ask for. We haven't played well yet. So that's encouraging. We're a very good final-round team, and we're not close to putting it all together yet."
On a day when Carter Newman and Patrick Reed each shot 75 and Mitch Krywulycz struggled, Norlander bounced back with 3-under-par 69. Bengtsson, whose opening round didn't count against the team, posted a smooth 75, a great score on a U.S. Open-type course, with deep rough just off the fairways.
Norlander rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt at the par-3 11th, his second hole of the day. He chipped in from 30 feet two holes later for another birdie. Then, at the par-5 14th, he knocked his approach to six inches for a kick-in birdie.
"Yesterday, everything was just totally off -- putting, rhythm," he said. "Stupid bogeys. I was just kind of scared over every shot.
"It feels nice to come back after 80. I needed to play well."
Playing in his first NCAA Championship, Bengtsson continued his poor play seven holes into the second round. At No. 16, he hooked his tee shot into the left trees.
Worried he wouldn't find the ball -- he didn't -- Bengtsson threw down a provisional ball and hit it without thinking.
"That second shot was really good," he said. "After that, I just thought about that and to swing aggressive."
Though he double-bogeyed No. 16 to fall to 5-over, Bengtsson rallied with a 30-foot birdie putt at No. 17 and then a 15-foot birdie at No. 18. At 3-over, he was back in the game. Bengtsson had no idea Krywulycz was struggling behind him.
In the second round, Krywulycz sliced his opening drive, took triple bogey and watched his round unravel. He labored off the tee and sat at 10-over through 11 holes. Krywulycz shot 1-under on the final seven holes for 81. The finish gave himself momentum as he left the course.
"He'll be fine," Gregory said.
Augusta State needed its senior Australian to forget about his second round. After all, his crazy tournament was just beginning.