Men's Golf NCAA ACCtion: Thursday, May 20

May 20, 2010

Clemson in Second Place After First Round of NCAA Southeast Regional
Freshman Corbin Mills and graduate Luke Hopkins shot even par rounds of 70 to lead Clemson to a 283 team score and a second-place standing after the first round of the NCAA Southeast Regional at the Capital City Club Grabapple Course in Alpharetta, GA.

Clemson trails number-one ranked Oklahoma State (282) by just one shot after the first 18 holes. Host school Georgia Tech is in third place at seven-over-par 287, while Georgia Southern is fourth at 288. Brigham Young is in fifth place at 289. Arizona State, seeded second in the field of 13 teams, is sixth at 290. South Alabama, Wake Forest and Furman are all tied for seventh at 292.

Play will continue on Friday and Saturday. After 54 holes are completed on Saturday, the top five teams will advance to The Honors Course at Chattanooga, TN for the NCAA National Championships, which will be held June 1-5.

Florida State In 4th At Regional
Florida State sophomore Wesley Graham carded a career-low 67 and is in a tie for second place in the individual standings and the No. 15 Seminole men's golf team is in fourth place after the first round of the NCAA Central Regional Championship at the Warren Golf Course. Graham, who is playing in his first career NCAA regional championship, carded a team-leading six birdies as the Seminoles began their quest to return to the national championship finals for the first time since 2007.

Florida State is tin fourth place among the 14 teams playing in the regional championship that will see the top five teams and the top scoring individual not on one of the qualifying teams will advance to the NCAA Division I Championship at the Honors Course at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, June 1-4.

Stanford holds the team lead with a three stroke advantage over Florida. The Cardinal are one of five teams with two players in the top 10 of the individual standings and the only school in the 14-team field with each of its five players ranked among the top 25. Alexander Sitompul of the University of Michigan is the individual leader as he carded a four-under par score of 66.

Hokies tied for fifth after first round of NCAA regional
Virginia Tech shot an opening round four-over-par 284 and is tied with Northwestern for fifth place at the 2010 NCAA Notre Dame Regional at the 7,023-yard, par 70 Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Indiana. The Hokies, the 11th seed entering the tournament, had all five players shoot between 70 and 73 on Thursday.

Sophomore Blake Redmond (Sugar Land, Texas) and freshman Mikey Moyers (Stanardsvile, Virginia) each shot even-par 70 on Thursday to lead the Hokies. Both are making their NCAA Championship debuts in this event. They are tied for 13th overall, four strokes behind leader Alexander Sitompul of Michigan.

Juniors Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Virginia) and Garland Green (Tazewell, Virginia) are tied for 29th place at two-over-par 72. Freshman Jacob Everts (Ooltewah, Tennessee) is tied for 36th at 73.

UVa Men’s Golfers Open Regional Play in Sixth Place
The 19th ranked Virginia men’s golf team opened play at the NCAA East Regional in New Haven, Conn. by shooting 1-over 282. The Cavaliers are tied with sixth-ranked UCLA for sixth place in the 14-team field. The top five teams from the 54-hole event will advance to the NCAA Championships.

Texas grabbed the early lead by shooting 6-under 274. Penn State and Kent State are tied for second at 3-under 277. East Tennessee State is fourth at 278 and Alabama is one shot ahead of the Cavaliers and Bruins at 281.

Virginia was led by a pair of 1-under 69s posted by Amory Davis and Will Collins. They are tied for ninth place after 18 holes. Kyle Stough shot 1-over 71 and is 27th. Ben Kohles and Henry Smart both shot 3-over 73 and are in 50th place.

Wake Forest Right In The Mix After Day 1 Of NCAA Southeast Regional
The Wake Forest men's golf team opened the NCAA Southeast Regional on Thursday at The Capital Golf Club with a round of 12-over 292 and are tied for seventh. The Deacs are just three-shots behind BYU in the race for the fifth and final qualifying spot.

All of the teams this week are vying for one of the top-5 spots which earns a trip to the NCAA Championships in two weeks at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. Oklahoma State currently holds the top-spot after round of 282 while ACC-foe Clemson is a close second 283. ACC Champion Georgia Tech posted a 287 and is in third place and Georgia Southern is in fourth at 288. BYU carded a 289 and currently holds the fifth spot but Arizona State is a shot behind in 6th after a 290. Wake Forest is one of three teams tied for seventh after a 292.

For the second-straight year, sophomore Lee Bedford led the Deacons in the opening round as he made 16 pars to go along with a birdie and a bogey in an even-par round of 70. The Cary, NC, native has now played seven of his last nine rounds at par or better and is averaging 70.6 strokes per round over that stretch. He will start the second round tied for 10th.

Duke In 11th at NCAA Central Regional
The Duke men's golf team is 11th overall following one round of play at the NCAA Central Regional at the Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind. The Blue Devils shot a 12-over 292 on Thursday in the opening round as senior Adam Long fired a team-low 70 (E).

Top-seed Stanford holds the first round lead with a three-under 277 with Florida two shots back with a 279. LSU posted an even-par 280 and Florida State shot a 283 (+3) to sit in third and fourth, respectively. Virginia Tech and Northwestern are tied for fifth at four-over (284) with Michigan (285), Indiana (285), Iowa (288) and N.C. State (289) rounding out the top 10. Duke is 11th with a 292 followed by Detroit Mercy (297), Murray State (297) and St. Francis [Pa.] (319).

Senior Adam Long was the lone Blue Devil to get off to a fast start on Thursday, posting birdies on No. 10, No. 12 and No. 15 to get to three-under in the round. He carded a bogey on the par 5 17th hole and made the turn with a two-under 33. The St. Louis, Mo., native birdied No. 2 and No. 3 to get to four-under and grab a share of the tournament lead heading into the final six holes of play. He went through a bogey-double-bogey-bogey stretch on Nos. 6-8 and closed with a par to close the day with an even-par 70. He enters Friday's second round tied for 13th overall.

Oklahoma State Holds Narrow Lead After Round 1 Of NCAA SE Golf Regional
Thursday was a good day to be wearing orange as Oklahoma State leads Clemson by one stroke after the opening round of the NCAA Southeast Golf Regional at the Capital City Golf Club's Crabapple Course.

The Cowboys, the No. 1 seed in the regional, shot a 2-over par 282 on the par 70, 7,182-yard layout about 20 miles outside of Atlanta. Clemson (283, +3) is one shot back, followed by regional host and ACC champion Georgia Tech (287, +7), Georgia Southern (288, +8) and Brigham Young (289, +9). Arizona State, the regional's No. 2 seed, is in sixth place (290, +10).

There is a logjam atop the individual leader board with nine players all within one shot of the lead and 12 players within two shots. Four players, including Georgia Tech's John-Tyler Griffin, are tied for first after shooting scores of 2-under par 68.

NC State in 10th at NCAA Regionals
After the first round of play at the NCAA Regional Championship, the NC State men’s golf team sits in 10th place after shooting a nine-over (289) on Thursday. The top five teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, and NC State is currently five strokes out of fifth place.

Junior Matt Hill was the Pack’s top golfer on the day, as he shot a one-under (69) and is currently in eight place.

The top individual not on the five advancing teams will also advance to the NCAA Championship, and Alexander Sitompal of Michigan, who also leads the individual standings, is that current golfer at four-under (66).

Tar Heel Golfers 12th At NCAA Regionals
The North Carolina men's golf team carded a 13-over-par 286 in the first round of the NCAA South Central Regional and stands in 13th place heading into the second round at the Traditions Club. Freshman Michael McGowan led the Tar Heels firing a two-over 74 on Thursday.

McGowan, from Southern Pines, N.C., is tied for 39th place going into Friday's second round. Henry Zaytoun III, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., fired a three-over 75 and stands tied for 48th. Junior Kevin O'Connell, from Cary, N.C., and sophomore Jack Fields, from Southern Pines, both carded a four-over 76 on Thursday and are tied for 53rd place. Chase MacFarland, a senior from Savannah, Ga., shot 82 and stands tied for 69th.

Host Texas A&M and Texan Christian lead the field of 14 teams by firing 11-under 277 totals. North Florida is three strokes back in third place at eight-under 280. Texas Tech is fourth at 282 while Wichita State is fifth at 283, Pepperdine is sixth at 286 and Auburn is seventh at 288. At the conclusion of the three-round event, the top five teams and the top individual (not on those five teams) advance on to the NCAA Championships to be played June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.