Men's Golf NCAA ACCtion: Tuesday, June 1
June 1, 2010
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. - The Florida State men's golf team is in a tie for first place with Oklahoma State after the first round of the NCAA Division I Championship finals at The Honors Course. The Seminoles are led by senior Seath Lauer who is in a tie for third place in the individual standings after carding an opening round 69.
Florida State shot a team total of 283 as it counted three scores under par and one at one over par to count itself as the co-leader of the tournament. The Seminoles are one of four teams with three players in the top 25 of the individual standings as they look to win the school's first national title in the sport of men's golf. The Seminoles highest finish in the sport on the national level came when they finished in fourth place in 1957.
With their first place standing, the Seminoles are tightly bunched with the top 15 teams in the standings. Following Florida State and Oklahoma State, the next 13 teams are all within 10 strokes of first place.
Florida State was led individually by Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) who shot a three under par 69 to finish the first round in a tie for third place. He cruised through the round with 17 consecutive holes at par or better before his only blemish -- a bogey - on his final hole of the afternoon. Lauer began the day with four consecutive holes at par before his first of four birdies on the day at hole No. 5 put him under par for the remainder of the afternoon. He birdied holes No. 5, 11, 13 and 15 to move to four under before his only miscue of the afternoon closed his day with a three under par 69.
Ooltewah, TN--Luke Hopkins and Ben Martin both had under-par rounds to lead Clemson to a two-under-par team 286 score and a fifth-place standings out of 30 teams after the first round of the NCAA Golf Tournament at the Honors Course in Ooltewah, TN. Clemson trails first place Oklahoma State and Florida State by just three shots. The Cowboys and Seminoles both shot rounds of 283, five under par.
Clemson had a strong start and had the lead at one point by three shots at nine under par. Clemson still had a two-shot lead with three holes left, but the Tigers played those last three holes at five-over-par and dropped from first to fifth in a matter of minutes.
Still, it was a solid day for the Tigers, especially relative to the scores the Tigers had at this same course 14 years ago. Clemson's best round at the 1996 NCAAs at The Honors Course was a 296 and Clemson's final round 318 that year remains the high round in school history for an NCAA National tournament.
Hopkins round of 69 tied a season high and he is in third place overall in the 156 player field. He got off to a great start with birdies on the first three holes, all on putts of at least 15 feet. He also made a 12-footer on the eighth hole to make the turn at four under par. He birdied the par three 16th hole when he made a 10 footer, and the par five 17th hole when he made a 12 footer. He made six birdie putts that totaled 90 feet in length for his round.
Ooltewah, Tenn. - Taking advantage of a hot six-hole stretch by junior Paul Haley on the front nine, Georgia Tech rallied to play its incoming side and shot 2-over 290 Tuesday in the first round of the NCAA Division I Golf Championship at The Honors Course.
The Yellow Jackets are tied for 10th place with Texas after 18 holes, seven shots out of the lead and three strokes behind Florida and Augusta State, who shot 1-under 287 Tuesday and are tied for seventh. The field will be cut to the top eight teams following Thursday's third round, and those eight teams will compete at match play for the national championship.
After play finished Tuesday, the top eight teams are within four shots of each other, and 11 of the 30 teams are within seven shots of the lead. Oklahoma State, which won the NCAA Southeast Regional held in Alpharetta, Ga., two weeks ago, and Florida State four themselves atop the leaderboard after the first round at 5-under-par 283, a course record. Top-seeded Oregon is in second place at 4-under 284, followed by Texas A&M (3-under 285), Arizona State and Clemson (each at 2-under 286). Washington (1-over 289) is in ninth place.
On a day which saw Clemson boost its score to 9-under-par before falling back, Tech went the opposite direction, falling to 6-over-par at one point in its round before coming back. Most of that deficit came at the buzz saw that was the 475-yard, par 4 15th, which requires a long tee shot over water. The Atlantic Coast Conference champions collectively played that hole eight shots over par, and they were not alone. That hole proved to be the toughest across the board Tuesday, playing to an average of 0.46 strokes over par for the 156 players.
CHATTANOOGA, TN - The Duke men's golf team is tied for 22nd at the NCAA Championship after shooting an eight-over 296 on Tuesday at The Honors Course. The Blue Devils were led by junior Wes Roach and senior Adam Long, who fired rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.
Roach, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., parred the first two holes on Tuesday before registering a bogey on the par 3 fourth hole. He responded with birdies on No. 4 and No. 5 and added another birdie on No. 9 to make the turn at two-under. Following three pars to open the back nine, Roach birdied No. 13 and No. 16 to move to four-under. He ran into trouble with a bogey on the par 5 17th hole but recovered to par No. 18 to close the first round one shot off the tournament lead. Roach is one of 10 players tied for third with a three-under 69.
Ooltewah, Tenn. – The 19th-ranked Virginia men’s golf team is in 25th place after Tuesday’s opening round of play at the NCAA Championships at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. Playing in the morning wave and starting on the 10th hole, Virginia shot 12-over 300.
The Cavaliers got their opening round off to a rocky start when UVa’s four scoring players stood a combined 8-over through the team’s first four holes. From that point Virginia settled down and played its final 14 holes at a combined 4-over par.
Ben Kohles led Virginia’s effort with an even par 72. He had two birdies and a pair of bogeys and played his final nine holes at 1-under.
Kyle Stough and Will Collins both shot 2-over 74. Stough started his round with a double bogey and was at 4-over after his first four holes. After back-to-back pars he got hot with his putter and made three birdies over a five-hole stretch. He closed out his round with seven consecutive pars.
Virginia Tech golfer Marshall Bailey shot an opening round five-over-par 77 and is tied for 119th place at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship at the 7,395-yard, par 72 The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee Tuesday afternoon.
Bailey, a junior from Fincastle, Virginia, made the turn at even par after two birdies and two bogeys, before shooting +5 on the second nine. He began his round on the tenth tee at 8:55 a.m., on Tuesday.