Men's Golf Fires Five-Under 284 to Take First After First Round of NCAA West Regional.

May 18, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 6 Arizona State Sun Devils shot an opening round of 5-under-par 283 and have one shot lead at the NCAA West Regional Championships at the par 72, 7,060-yard Trysting Tree Golf Club. The Sun Devils, vying for their third NCAA West Regional title in four years, are joined by unranked Stanford as the only teams under par after the first 18 holes, the Cardinal carded a 284.

UCLA's John Merrick shot the best round for the day, a 5-under-67. Merrick's round came in the afternoon, when scores were generally higher. Senior Jin Park of Arizona State and Philip Rowe of Stanford are tied for second after each fired a 69. Six players are tied for fourth at 70, including ASU junior Matt Jones, and a total of 23 individuals broke par over the 7,060-yard course.

The 27-team tournament resumes at 7:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The top 10 teams advance to the NCAA Championships May 30-June 2 in Durham, N.C.

Team ScoresArizona State, 283, Stanford, 284, Wake Forest, 288, Arizona, 289, San Diego State, 289, UCLA, 289, Oregon State, 290, Washington, 290, UC Irvine, 290, Pepperdine, 293, UNLV, 294, South Carolina, 294, Austin Peay, 295, Detroit Mercy, 295, BYU, 296, Tennessee, 297, Colorado State, 297, Fresno State, 298, Pacific, 298, USC, 298, Oregon, 302, Nevada, 302, Weber State, 302, California, 302, New Mexico, 305, Navy, 310, Oral Roberts, 312

ASU IndividualsT2. Jin Park, 69, T4. Matt Jones, 70, T10. Brian Nosler, 71, T36. Chez Reavie, 73, T92. Jeff Quinney, 76.

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