Round 1 recap: Jon Rahm, Arizona State charge out in front
Arizona State holds the early lead and two of the five competing Pac-12 schools are in the top five after Tuesday's opening round at the NCAA men's golf championships in Atlanta. After the third round is concluded Thursday, the eight lowest teams will move into a match-play format with championship play concluding June 2.
great first round today 61 personal record 25 putts. It was great having you today @joeprince2I guess the course seemed a little easier
— Jon Rahm Rodriguez (@littleJRmaza) May 28, 2013
Yeah, Jon Rahm has the individual lead with NCAA opening round record 61 (-9), giving the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year a four-stroke lead over Oklahoma's Abraham Ancer. Also contributing to the Tim Mickelson effort were Max Rottluff (-2, tied for eighth), Austin Quick (E) and Spencer Lawson (+1). And, before we leave Arizona State, what would a Sun Devil recap be without a thought from Doug Tammaro?
— Doug Tammaro (@DougTammaro) May 28, 2013
Or en fuego. Either or.
— Cal Men's Golf (@CalMensGolf) May 28, 2013
Trevor Simsby buries his third straight birdie! Photo attached twitter.com/UW_MGolf/statu…
— UW Men's Golf (@UW_MGolf) May 28, 2013
— USC Mens Golf (@USCMensGolf) May 27, 2013
USC had a little trouble with 9 and 16 -- the five Trojans in Atlanta combined to shoot 3-over on those holes -- as it finished up Tuesday in a tie for 25th with Florida at 11-over. Most of the group was pretty good, but since two guys shot in the 80s, one of them (Stewart Hagestad's 80 (+10)) had to count. Anthony Paolucci was the lone Chris Zambri pupil under par today with his 69, birdieing the last hole in the process to get into a tie for 20th, while NCAA pullman Regional co-champion Sam Smith shot 1-over along with teammate Yi Keun Chang.