NCAA Men's Golf ACCtion: Thursday, May 16

May 16, 2013


Virginia Golfers Open NCAA Regional in 11th Place

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Virginia men's golf team is in 11th place after the opening round of the NCAA Regional taking place at the Ohio State Golf Club's Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. The Cavaliers shot 19-over 303 on the par-71 course. Charlotte, which entered the regional as the No. 12 seed, leads the 13-team field at 3-over 287. South Carolina, ranked No. 20, is second at 288 and No. 8 Stanford is third at 291.

The top five teams from the regional will advance to the NCAA Championships. There are six regionals being contested through Saturday.

David Pastore led Virginia with a score of 2-over 73. He stands in 16th place following the opening round. Denny McCarthy finished one shot behind Pastore and is in 24th place. Ji Soo Park shot 6-over 77 and is 53rd whileNick Tremps is in 66th place at 79 and Mac McLaughlin is 74th at 83.



Seiffert's 66 Pushes Seminole to Third after First Round of NCAA Regional

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State senior Chase Seiffert didn't finish his opening round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional the way he would have preferred, but his six-under par 66 on the firm and fast Golden Eagle Country Club course was just what the Seminoles needed.

Seiffert led the way for the 12th-ranked Seminoles, who closed out Thursday's round at 11-under par and alone in third place, five shots behind tournament leader North Florida.

With 18 of 54 holes in the book, Florida State is well-positioned to grab one of the top five team positions and accompanying trip to the NCAA Championship, May 27-June 2 at Atlanta's Capital City Club.


Georgia Tech Tied for 4th after Opening Round of NCAA Tallahassee Regional

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Anders Albertson continued his recent hot streak by firing a 6-under-par 66, lifting Georgia Tech into a tie for fourth place after the opening round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional golf tournament.

In near perfect weather conditions Thursday at the 6,965-yard, par 72 Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club, Albertson turned in a bogey-free card and stands one shot off the pace set by MJ Maguire of North Florida (65). The Atlantic Coast Conference individual champion has broken 70 in seven of his last eight rounds.

But the seventh-ranked Yellow Jackets, seeded second in this regional, find themselves in a bit of an uncomfortable position at the close of Thursday's round after getting out of the chute quickly with an early lead. The top five teams at the conclusion of 54 holes Saturday will advance to play in the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship, which begins May 28 at the Capital City Club's Crabapple Course in Milton, Ga. Tech is the host institution.


Deacs Tied For 7th After Round 1 of NCAA Regionals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Wake Forest seniors Evan Beck and Charlie Harrison combined to shoot 6-under par on Thursday to lead the Demon Deacons in the opening round of the NCAA East Regional at the Golden Eagle Country Club.

The Deacs finished with a round of 4-under 284 and are tied for seventh heading into Friday's second round. North Florida leads the team standings at 16-under par while Oregon, Georgia Tech and South Florida are all tied for fourth at 8-under par. The top-5 teams at the end of the tournament will earn a berth into the NCAA Championship in Atlanta.

Beck had another solid day as he made five birdies and just one bogey in a round of 4-under 68. That was his lowest round in any of his four NCAA Regional appearances. Beck has finished no worse than 18th in his three previous regionals and will start the second round in a tie for sixth.

Harrison had a rocky start to the day and would make the turn in 2-over 38. But he bounced-back with four birdies in a six-hole stretch on the second nine to come home in 32 and post a 2-under 70. That is his lowest round since an opening round 70 at the Gary Koch Invitational last month. He is in a tie for 20th heading into Friday.


Wolfpack in 9th at NCAA Tallahassee Regional

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - NC State is in ninth place after Thursday's opening round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional at Golden Eagle Country Club. 

The Wolfpack shot a team score of 1-over 289 during the first of three rounds scheduled for this weekend at the par-72, 6,965-yard course.

Junior Logan Harrell shot the only sub-par round of the day for the Pack. His 3-under 69 puts him in a tie for 14th. He was even at the turn, before rolling in three birdies for a 33 on the back nine.

Senior Mitch Sutton and sophomore William Herring are tied for 42nd at 1-over 73. 

Junior Albin Choi and freshman Carter Page both shot identical rounds of 2-over 74 and are tied for 49th. Choi had a wild trip around the golf course today with seven birdies, six bogeys, one triple bogey and four pars, including just one par on the back nine.



Duke Second After Opening Round at Tempe Regional

TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior Brinson Paolini fired a two-under 68 to lead Duke to a two-under 278 in the opening round of the NCAA Tempe Regional at the ASU Karsten Golf Course (par 70, 7,036 yards). The Blue Devils enter tomorrow's second round tied for second and 10 shots off the pace of opening round leader UCLA.

Top-seed UCLA posted a 12-under 268 Thursday to grab the tournament lead. The Bruins pushed their lead late in the round by playing the par 5s (No. 14 & No. 17) at Karsten Golf Course at 10-under as a team. Duke is second and followed by Austin Peay (-1, 279). Georgia, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Clemson and Central Florida are tied for fourth at even-par and followed by Vanderbilt (+3, 283), Arizona State (+4, 284), New Mexico State (+5, 285), Kennesaw State (+8, 288), Arizona (+12, 292) and Lehigh (+21, 301).

The top five teams as well as the top individual after 54 holes of play advance on to the 2013 NCAA Championship at the Capital City Club - Crabapple Course in Alpharetta, Ga. (May 28 - June 2).

Dustin Korte (Austin Peay) and Pontus Widegren (UCLA) share the individual lead at six-under (64) with Greg Eason (Central Florida) one shot back. Paolini is tied for sixth with 10 other players after shooting a 68 (-2), while senior Adam Sumrall is tied for 17th at one-under.


Clemson Tied for Fourth after First Day of Tempe Regional

TEMPE, Ariz. - Freshman Stephen Behr and sophomore Billy Kennerly both had rounds of two-under-par 68 to lead Clemson to an even par team score (280) and a tie for fourth place after the first round of the Tempe Regional at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. on Thursday. The Tigers are tied for fourth in the 14-team field and must finish in the top five to advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament in Alpharetta, Ga. in two weeks.

UCLA has a commanding leader after the first day with a12-under par score of 268. But the next seven teams are separated by just two total shots. Duke stands in second place at two under par 278, while Austin Peay, not ranked in the top 50 of any poll entering the tournament, is third at 279. The Tigers are tied with Georgia, Texas A&M, North Carolina, and Central Florida.

Larry Penley's team made a strong comeback on Thursday. His players were a combined seven-over-par on the par three 215-yard 16th hole (seventh hole of the day), leading to a seven-over-par team score after nine holes. Clemson played the back nine first. The Tigers were in last place by three shots after their first nine.


Tar Heels Tied 4th at NCAA Regional

TEMPE, Ariz. - The University of North Carolina men's golf team fired an even par 280 and is tied for fourth place after the first round of the NCAA Tempe Regional.  The Tar Heels were led by sophomores Brandon Dalinka and Bailey Patrick who both carded under-par rounds.

Dalinka's 2-under-par 68 came after he fired four birdies on the front nine and two bogeys on the back.  The Newtown, Pa., native is deadlocked in sixth place with 10 other players.  Patrick's 1-under 69 came after he fired four birdies and three bogeys as all occurred on the front nine except a lone birdie on hole #14.  Patrick, from Charlotte, N.C., is tied for 17th place.  Senior Michael McGowan, from Southern Pines, N.C., fired an even par 70 and is tied for 23rd place.  He was 1-under going into the last hole, but suffered a bogey-5 to finish the round at even par.  Andy Sajevic, a junior from Fremont, Neb., carded a 3-over 73 and is tied for 45th while freshman Keagan Cummings, from Dublin, Ireland, shot a 75 and is tied for 61st.

Top seed and third-ranked UCLA grabbed the lead over the 14-team field as the Bruins fired a 12-under-par 268.  Duke is 10 strokes back in second place at 2-under 278.  Austin Peay is in third place after shooting a 1-under 279 while five teams, including the Tar Heels, are deadlocked in fourth place at even par 280 - North Carolina, Georgia, Texas A&M, Clemson and UCF.  This sets up what should be an exciting final two rounds as the top five teams advance to the NCAA Championships.



Hokies Tied for Eighth after First Round at NCAA Pullman Regional

PULLMAN, Wash. - Virginia Tech shot a first round 11-under-par 277 and is tied with North Texas for eighth place at the NCAA Pullman Regional on Thursday afternoon. The event is being played at the par-72, 7,308-yard Palouse Ridge Golf Course on the campus of Washington State University.

Senior Mikey Moyers shot a four-under-par 68 and is tied for 18th place individually. He trails leader Sam Smith of Southern California by six strokes. Smith's 62 set a new course record at Palouse Ridge. Moyers carded six birdies and two bogeys in the round.

Junior Bryce Chalkley and sophomore Scott Vincent each shot three-under-par 69 and are tied for 25th place. Freshman Maclain Huge shot one-under-par 71 in his first-ever NCAA round and is tied for 36th place overall. Sophomore Trevor Cone shot even-par 72 and is tied for 49th.