October 31, 1998
STANFORD, Calif. - The only ranked team competing at the Nelson, No. 23 North Carolina State, showed why it is ranked, posting the only even-par score of the day (284) to take a five-stroke lead heading into the final round.
NC State's two-day total 571 is three strokes over par and five strokes ahead of second place Nebraska, who sits at 576. Defending tournament champions Colorado State is in third place at 577. Alabama and Colorado are tied for fourth, at 11-over 579. Host Stanford sits in a three-way tie for seventh place with a 289-292-581 (+10).
Individually, Northwestern's Luke Donald leads the field, after posting an even-par 71, good for a two-day total 138, four strokes under par. Colorado's Knut Ekjord (70-69), Stanford's Joel Kribel (67-72) and NC State's James Bunch (68-71) are tied for second one shot back at 139. Also scoring for the Cardinal is Eric Dahlberg, tied for 13th with 73-71-144. He's followed by Dusty Brett and James Lee, both tied at 151 for 58th place. Brett posted rounds of 77 and 74 while Lee followed with a 76 and 75.
The final round will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start Sunday.