Washington Tied for Fourth After Round One of NCAA Men's Golf Championship

May 26, 2009

NCAA Men's Golf | Live Scoring

TOLDEDO, Ohio--The University of Washington men's golf team battled through inconsistent elements to record a four-over par 293 and is tied for fourth after the first round of the 2009 NCAA Golf Championships at Inverness Club.

Washington hit a rough spot during holes three-through-six, dropping 10 strokes during those four holes alone. Nick Taylor, Richard Lee and Choo all double bogeyed No. 3, while Darren Wallace double bogeyed hole No. 4 during that stretch. The No. 13 Arizona State men's golf team is tied for sixth place, carding a 10-over 294 to end the day tied with Ohio State and Tennessee.

The Sun Devils did not falter following a tough start that saw them 14-over after the first nine holes of the day. Despite the early adversity, the team would regroup as every player shot even par or better on the back nine. In fact, 10 of ASU's 11 birdies for the day came on the team's last nine holes of play.

The fifth-ranked Stanford men's golf team wrapped up the first day of action at the NCAA Championship at 21-over-par and in a tie for 22nd.

Sophomore No. 15 Steve Ziegler posted the best outing of the day for Stanford, going two-over-par to come to a rest in a tie for 29th. The Broomfield, Colo. native drained four birdies in 73 stroke effort. Following Ziegler was senior Dodge Kemmer, who completed his day at 5-over 76 and in a tie for 75th place.

Senior Tom Glissmeyer and sophomore Matt Giles both turned in 3-over 74s to lead the USC men's golf team, which faces an uphill battle after the first day.

Troy had the unfortunate luck of being among the final teams to start and finish play. While weather was fairly mild most of the day, USC was among the schools that had to battle increasing winds toward the end of the first round.

Glissmeyer and Giles are tied for 41st. Giles was 2-under after five holes and was only 1-over with four holes to go before finishing 3-over.

The 14th-ranked UCLA men's golf team was tied for 24th place following the opening round of play.

Although the Bruins posted a team score of 306 (+22) and were in front of just three teams, they were only 12 strokes out of eighth place with two rounds to play. Individually for the Bruins, sophomore Philip Francis fired a cool, one-under par 70 and was tied for fourth place, one shot off the lead. Francis was two-under par as late as the 15th hole, but made a bogey at the 16th before finishing with a pair of pars.

Seeded 18th in the 30-team field thanks to their recent runner-up Pac-10 and regional finishes, the Ducks shot a 22-over 306 score by its five-person team composed of four freshmen and one sophomore to tie for 25th after round one.

On the par 71, 7,255-yard course, UO freshmen Eugene Wong and Daniel Miernicki led the way and were tied for 56th overall with their 4-over 75. Other Duck entries included freshman Andrew Vijarro and Robbie Ziegler who were tied for 117th (78) and sophomore Isaiah Telles (139th-t, 80).

Glancing at the Duck leaders' scorecards, Wong opened with a par on the first hole, and overcame bogeys on the par-4 second and fourth holes and a double-bogey on the par-3 third hole to shoot par the rest of the way - a stretch that included a birdie on the par-5 eighth hole and a final bogey on the par-4 17th hole.

Battling the nerves that accompanied all five players in their first round of NCAA Championship play, Arizona carded a 310 (+26) behind Rich Saferian's 74 (+3). The sophomore has the most championship experience in the line up; prior to transferring to Arizona, he competed in the Junior College National Championship with Scottsdale Community College, and earned the individual medal while leading his team to victory in the event.

Georgia is number one in the Golf World/NIKE Golf Coaches Poll and Oklahoma State is number one in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. The dispute continued today as the two tied for first. With a score of 288 (+4), the Bulldogs and Cowboys share the lead by four strokes. The two teams are looking to become the first non-Pac 10 team to win the title in three years. The last non-Pac 10 team to take the title was Oklahoma State in 2006; Georgia won the tournament in '05.

The top eight teams advance to match play following Thursday's third round. Teams one through eight will be seeded according to their finish and three rounds of match play will commence in a 'knock-out' draw.

The second round of the 2009 NCAA Men's Golf Championship continues Wednesday at the par-71, 7,255-yard Inverness Club, hosted by the University of Toledo.

 

Top Five Teams

 

T1

4

Oklahoma State

 

+4

F

  +4

288

288

T1

1

Georgia

 

+4

F

  +4

288

288

3

28

Chattanooga

 

+8

F

  +8

292

292

T4

6

Washington

 

+9

F

  +9

293

293

T4

 

San Diego

 

+9

F

  +9

293

293

 

 

Top Five Individuals

 

T1

-

 

Jonathan Bowers

 

Northwestern

-2

F

-2

69

69

T1

-

24

Scott Langley

 

Illinois

-2

F

-2

69

69

T1

-

4

Matt Hill *

 

North Carolina State

-2

F

-2

69

69

T4

-

 

Alex Ching (10)

 

San Diego

-1

F

-1

70

70

T4

-

 

Tom Hoge (10)

 

TCU

-1

F

-1

70

70

T4

-

 

Philip Francis

 

UCLA

-1

F

-1

70

70

T4

-

 

David Holmes (10)

 

Tennessee

-1

F

-1

70

70

T4

-

9

Nick Taylor (10)

 

Washington

-1

F

-1

70

70

 

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