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Oklahoma State Leads NCAA Colorado Regional After Suspended First Round

May 19, 2011

ERIE, Colo. - No. 1 Oklahoma State came here as a favorite to win next month's NCAA Men's Golf Championship, and did nothing but confirm those beliefs after a weather-plagued first round of the NCAA Colorado Regional, one of six tournaments around the nation that began play Thursday.

The top-ranked Cowboys were in command when the first round was suspended late in the afternoon, as the Cowboys posted an impressive 12-under 276 team score on the 7,753-yard, par-72 Colorado National Golf Club layout. It stands to be just the third time in 12 tries that OSU has led a meet this season after the first round; it led from wire-to-wire to win in the other two, and came from behind to win five others. How good was Oklahoma State Thursday? The GÇÿPokes high round of the day was an even-par round, with their four scorers recording 17 birdies and 50 pars against only five bogeys.

 

Auburn, in second place with an 8-under 280, tore up the back nine, with its five players combining for 15 pars and just two bogeys (the rest all pars) in playing the side 13-under all told, 11-under by the four would-be scorers. Only six teams finished the first round, with anywhere from two-to-four players yet to finish for the other seven teams.

 

The start of the first round was delayed 90 minutes so that groundskeepers could work on getting the course in the best shape possible after a deluge of rainfall on Wednesday. Though only droplets of rain fell occasionally at the start of play Thursday, the field was faced with 38 degree temperatures and an 11 mile per hour wind that made for a wind chill of 31, with conditions only warming a few degrees with rain again falling by mid-afternoon.

 

However, play was suspended just before 4 p.m. due to lightning in the area with 33 players still on the course at the time, with competition for the day called off an hour later.

 

Despite the weather conditions and what is the longest course in NCAA championship history, 13 players in the 75-man field bested par, with six more on the course in red numbers, and another 10 matching it, plus five others even with anywhere from two-to-four holes to play.

 

Oklahoma State sophomore Sean Einhaus said his team wasn't affected much by the weather. "We knew what was coming; we expected the weather to be what it is," he said. "It's not too big of an adjustment. You just take whatever it is and try to play with it."

 

Einhaus, who had seven birdies and just a single bogey for a 6-under 66 to stand in second place (but the leader in the clubhouse), felt the best part of his game was his iron play. "I hit my irons really well. I seemed to get the distance right every time, even with the elevation. It was good, I hit my irons close and I gave myself a lot of birdie opportunities and capitalized on the back nine (32, four birdies/five pars)."

 

Colorado State's Zahkai Brown is the individual leader at 7-under par with two holes remaining in his first round, and he is flirting with the course record of 65 set by France's Alexandre Kaleka in the U.S. Amateur Qualifier in 2007. After a pedestrian start on the easier back side that had him at 1-under after seven holes, the Ram sophomore caught fire, birdying the next five holes (Nos. 17, 18, 1, 2 and 3) as well as No. 7 to get to 7-under to assume the lead.

 

The first round will be resumed at 8 a.m. Friday morning; the field will then be re-paired with the second round starting at 10:30. The third and final round is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

 

NCAA COLORADO REGIONAL RESULTS

ERIE, Colo. ' Thursday's first round team and individual scores in the NCAA Colorado Regional, played at the 7,758-yard, par-72 Colorado National Golf Club; play was suspended with seven teams and 10 individual competitors still on the course. New Mexico State, North Florida and TCU have three players finished, and other to play 1 and 2 holes; Colorado State, Northwestern and TCU have one player finished, and others to play 1, 2, 2 and 3 holes; Denver and the 10 individuals have 3, 4, 4, 5 and 6 holes left to play):

 

TEAM STANDINGS

Oklahoma State........................................ 276 (-12)

Auburn........................................................ 280 (- 8)

Arizona State............................................. 282 (- 6)

Colorado State.......................................... (- 5)

Clemson.................................................... 289 (+ 1)

TCU............................................................. (+ 2)

Chattanooga............................................. 143-148'291

Northwestern............................................. (+ 4)

Denver........................................................ (+ 5)

San Jose State.......................................... (+ 5)

Georgia...................................................... 294 (+ 6)

New Mexico State.................................... (+ 7)

North Florida............................................. (+17)

 

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS

Sean Einhaus, Oklahoma State................ 34-32'66

Niclas Carlsson, Auburn............................. 36-31'67

T.J. Mitchell, Georgia................................... 36-33'69

Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State............. 36-33'69

Scott Pinckney, Arizona State.................... 35-34'69

Talor Gooch, Oklahoma State .................. 35-35'70

Kyle Kopsick, Auburn.................................. 37-33'70

Morgan Hoffmann, Oklahoma State........ 36-34'70

James Byrne, Arizona State....................... 35-35'70

Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State.................. 35-35'70

Chris Robb, Chattanooga........................... 32-38'70

Michael Hebert, Auburn.............................. 37-34'71

Jack Perry, Northwestern............................ 35-36'71

Harris English, Georgia............................... 36-36'72

Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State..................... 35-37'72

Thomas Bradshaw, Clemson.................... 36-36'72

Jacob Burger, Clemson.............................. 36-36'72

Blayne Barber, Auburn................................ 37-35'72

Pontus Gad, TCU......................................... 36-36'72

Eli Cole, TCU................................................ 37-35'72

Crawford Reeves, Clemson....................... 35-37'72

Joseph Byun, North Florida........................ 39-33'72

Kory Harrell, Colorado State...................... 36-36'72

Benni Weilguni, Chattanooga.................... 37-36'73

Collin Pratt, New Mexico State.................. 37-36'73

Corbin Mills, Clemson................................. 37-36'73

Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga.................. 37-36'73

Dominic Bozzelli, Auburn........................... 40-34'74

Russell Henley, Georgia............................. 38-36'74

Phil Francis, Arizona State......................... 38-36'74

Steven Fox, Chattanooga........................... 37-38'75

Zach Fullerton, New Mexico State............ 38-38'76

Justin Shin, New Mexico State.................. 39-37'76

McCuen Elmore, Clemson......................... 37-40'77

Davis Bunn, Chattanooga.......................... 38-39'77

Chris Kennedy, North Florida.................... 41-36'77

Daniel Jennevret, TCU................................ 37-40'77

Bryden Macpherson, Georgia.................... 38-41'79

Hudson Swafford, Georgia........................ 41-38'79

Thomas Buran, Arizona State.................... 39-41'80

Jacob Davidson, North Florida.................. 40-40'80

Justin Estrada, San Jose State.................. 38-42'80

 

DID NOT COMPLETE FIRST ROUND

Zahkai Brown, Colorado State................................. (-7/2 holes to play)

Cody Schweinefus, Drake........................................ (-2/3 holes to play)

Andrew Wyatt, Nebraska.......................................... (-2/4 holes to play)

C.G. Mercatoris, Robert Morris................................. (-1/3 holes to play)

Ryan Peterson, Colorado State............................... (-1/3 holes to play)

Tim Madigan, New Mexico State............................ ( E/2 holes to play)

Mark Hubbard, San Jose State................................ ( E/3 holes to play)

Geoff Gonzalez, Cal Poly......................................... ( E/4 holes to play)

Michael McGowan, North Carolina......................... ( E/4 holes to play)

Derek Plucienski, Southern Mississippi................. ( E/5 holes to play)

Johan de Beer, TCU.................................................. (+1/1 hole to play)

Daniel Semmler, San Jose State............................ (+1/1 hole to play)

Tom Hoge, TCU......................................................... (+1/2 holes to play)

Matt Hovan, San Jose State..................................... (+1/2 holes to play)

Eric Chun, Northwestern........................................... (+1/2 holes to play)

Ole Ramsnes, Denver............................................... (+1/4 holes to play)

Troy Anderson, Denver............................................. (+1/6 holes to play)

Gabe Maier, Wyoming.............................................. (+1/6 holes to play)

Michael Whitehead, Rice.......................................... (+1/6 holes to play)

Gaston De La Torre, New Mexico State................. (+2/1 hole to play)

Nick Losole, Northwestern....................................... (+2/1 hole to play)

Chun-Ji Kim, Denver................................................. (+2/3 holes to play)

David Lipsky, Northwestern..................................... (+2/3 holes to play)

Mike Sorenson, Colorado State.............................. (+3/2 holes to play)

Jay Myers, San Jose State....................................... (+3/2 holes to play)

Klinton Krieger, Denver............................................. (+3/4 holes to play)

Steven Lecuyer, Central Arkansas......................... (+3/5 holes to play)

Kirby Pettitt, Colorado State..................................... (+4/1 hole to play)

Jarred Bossio, Idaho.................................................. (+4/4 holes to play)

Kevin Aylwin, North Florida...................................... (+5/2 holes to play)

Josh Dupont, Northwestern...................................... (+6/2 holes to play)

Oscar Arvidsson, Denver.......................................... (+6/5 holes to play)

Joey Marino, North Florida....................................... (+7/1 hole to play)