Arizona State, Washington Lead NCAA Men's Golf Regionals after First Round
May 14, 2009
It was a day of low rounds, as Pac-10 men's golf teams Arizona State and Washington lead the way after the first day of NCAA regional competition.
Washington, the 2009 Pac-10 Champion, ran away from the competition in the first round, building a 10-stroke lead over second-place teams UCLA and Georgia Tech. The Huskies shot a 6-under 282, competing in the Central Regional, hosted by Western Kentucky. The Bruins are currently tied for second after shooting a 4-over 292.
Washington's Nick Taylor leads the Central Regional, shooting two birdies on the front and three on the back for a first round total of a 5-under 67.
Arizona State leads a tight field in the West Regional, with the top-four teams within one stroke of each other. The Sun Devils carded a 9-under 279 in the first round. The regional, hosted by the University of San Francisco, is laden with Conference teams. Oregon is three-strokes back from ASU, shooting a 6-under 282. USC, the No. 1 seed in the West, sits in the fifth place at 3-under 285. Oregon State finished the first day in 13th after shooting 13-over (300).
USC's Matthew Giles is the individual leader after the first round, carding a 7-under 66, making seven birdies and an eagle.
The low individual round of the day belongs to Arizona's Tarquin MacManus. The Aussie, competing in the Southeast Regional, shot a career-low 8-under 63, all birdies and no bogeys on the day.
The Wildcats, as a team, shot a 14-under 270, two strokes back from regional leader and host UCF.
Bay Area rivals Stanford and California, seeded in the Southwest Regional hosted by Texas, finished the day in fourth and 10th, respectively. The Cardinal, led by Steve Ziegler's round of 70, shot a 10-over 294. Cal finished the day at 22-over (306).
The second day of regional competition continues Friday. Check out www.golfstat.com for live updates on all nine teams competing in post season action.