NCAA Men's Golf Championship: Florida State Leads Five ACC Teams After First Round

EUGENE, Ore. --  The Florida State men’s golf team opened the 2016 NCAA Golf Championships by spending most of round one atop the leaderboard before finishing the day at five-over and in sixth place. The first goal for any of the 30 squads at the championships is to finish in the top 15. Following that cut, the final eight teams advance to match play. After one day, the Seminoles have put themselves in position to accomplish both goals.

On a day when no team finished below par and only 15 of the 156 individuals finished at -1 or better, the FSU men put together one of the better rounds. Led by Josh Lee, who shot even par, Cristobal Del Solar, who was one-over including a hole-in-one, eagle on the 14th, and freshman Corey Carlson (+1), playing in his first NCAA Championship, the Seminoles are only three shots off the lead and six ahead of the first cut.

Lee, who shot -1 at the NCAA Kohler Regional helping FSU advance to the NCAA Championships, continued his excellent play in the NCAA postseason on Friday. The junior from Orange Park, Fla. finished the round tied for 16th and is only three shots off the individual lead for the tournament.

EUGENE, Ore. – The Wake Forest men’s golf team opened play at the 2016 NCAA Championships with a 9-over 289 during Friday’s first round at the Eugene Country Club. The Demon Deacons are tied for 12th place after the opening round of tournament.

The Deacs used a strong back nine to rally after making the turn at 12-over, shooting 3-under par over the final nine holes. The scoring four players made eight birdies and two eagles on the back nine to climb up to 12th place after being as low as 21st place during the round.

Wake Forest is tied with Texas and Kentucky at 9-over. No school shot under par during the opening round as Arkansas and TCU hold the first round lead at 2-over.

EUGENE, Ore. – Graduate senior Stephen Behr and freshman Bryson Nimmer both shot even par 70s to lead Clemson to a 291 team score and a 19th place standing out of 30 teams after the first round of the NCAA National Tournament at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon. 

Clemson is in 19th place, but is just nine shots off the lead, which is held by Arkansas and TCU at two over par 282. Additionally, Clemson is just one shot off the 15-team cutline that will be used after the third round on Sunday.  Nine teams are either 10 over or 11 over entering the second round on Saturday. The top 15 teams will advance to Monday’s fourth round.  The top eight teams after Monday will advance to match play.

The Tigers shot two-under-par on the front nine and stood in second place, just one shot behind Florida State at the time.  But the winds kicked up on the back nine Friday afternoon and that wave of teams saw their scores soar.   Florida State played its second nine in seven over and dropped from first to sixth.   Seven of the top 15 teams in the nation, including No. 1 ranked Stanford, are not among the top 15 teams after the first round.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville head men' golf coach Mark Crabtree took his young team across the country to compete in its first NCAA Championship since 2008, and with two freshmen and a sophomore in the starting lineup, no one knew how the Cardinals would respond.

After day one of the championships, the Crabtree saw a lot of good things after the first 18 holes at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., and his young squad is in contention despite a slow start.

Freshman Simon Zach fired a 1-over par 71 to pace the Cardinals on Friday. The native of Prague, Czech Republic, fired birdies on No. 4 and No. 9 to stand in a tie for 33rd place. He was instrumental in guiding the Cards to the championships after he fired a final round 71 in the NCAA Stillwater Regional.

As a team, the Cardinals are knotted up with four other schools after firing an 11-over par 291. UofL is tied with Oregon, South Florida, Georgia and fellow ACC foe Clemson. All five teams are just nine shots off the lead after the first day of competition. Arkansas and TCU are tied for the overall lead at 2-over par, while USC and Vanderbilt are deadlocked for third place. 

EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 23 Virginia men’s golf team opened play at the NCAA Championships Friday in Eugene, Ore. Playing in the morning wave of teams, the Cavaliers shot 12-over 292 at the par-70 Eugene Country Club to finish the first round tied for 24th place with top-ranked Stanford. No. 21 Arkansas and No. 44 TCU shared the first-round lead at 2-over 282.

Virginia was led by a pair of 2-over scores from junior Derek Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) and sophomore Danny Walker (Bradenton, Fla.). Junior Jimmy Stanger (Tampa, Fla.) and freshman Thomas Walsh (High Point, N.C.) both shot 4-over 74 to round out UVA’s four counting players. Freshman Ashton Poole (Charlotte, N.C.) posted a score of 78.

Bard and Walker finished the opening round tied for 52nd place while Stanger and Walsh were 87th. Poole ended the day in 145th place.