First Round Play Suspended at NCAA Men's Golf Championships

May 29, 2002

UCLA sophomore John Merrick was one-under par through 10 holes before first-round play was suspended because of rain at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships in Columbus, OH.

Merrick, UCLA's lone qualifier, trailed the leaders by five shots with eight holes to play. He will continue at the 11th hole Tuesday, and tee it up shortly thereafter for the second round tomorrow, weather permitting.

Merrick began the day by bogeying the par five first hole. He brought his score back to par with a birdie at the par five fourth. He then birdied the par four seventh and parred the eighth and ninth holes for front nine score of one-under 35. He parred the 10th when play was suspended.

Ben Portie of Colorado was the individual leader at five-under par 66, followed by Georgia Tech's Nicholas Thompson and San Diego State's Mark Warman at four-under 67. Washington's Brock Mackenzie was five-under par after 14 holes when play was halted.

Arizona finished the first round as the team leader at two-under par 282, followed by the University of Toledo at one-under 283.

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