Wood Fires 66, Tied For 2nd At NCAA Championships

May 31, 2006

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USC senior Taylor Wood fired a 6-under 66 to finish tied for second and one shot off the lead after the first round of the 2006 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at Crosswater G.C. in Sunriver, Ore., on Wednesday (May 31).

Wood, who earned an individual berth into the NCAA Championships after tying for second with a 4-under 212 at the East Regional May 18-20, was 3-under on the front and back 9s.

By the time Wood teed off at 2:35 p.m., leader Kyle Reifers was already in the clubhouse with a 7-under. But Wood started tracking him down right away with birdies on the 2nd and 4th holes. He also birdied the 8th, 12th, 15th and 18th holes for his lowest round of the season. It is also one off his career best of 65, set last season.

Wood, who leads the Trojans in stroke average (72.26) and has been USC's highest finisher four times in 12 tournaments, is tied with Oklahoma State's Pablo Martin and one shot ahead of fourth-place Alex Prugh of Washington. Four players are tied for fifth at 4-under.

Ranked No. 34 in the nation by Golfweek.com, Wood finished seventh at the 2005 NCAA Championships, helping USC to a sixth-place finish.Wood, an honorable mention All-American last year, will begin off the 10th hole at 9:20 a.m. on Thursday.

All 156 players will play the first three rounds. Only the top 15 teams and next top players not on advancing teams will play the final round.

Wood is trying to join Scott Simpson (1976, 1977) and Ron Commans (1981) as USC's NCAA individual title winners.

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