Men's Golf Sits in Eighth after Day 1 of NCAA Regional
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Kim Koivu and Archer Price each fired a 73 to pace the Georgia Southern men's golf team at the Noblesville NCAA Regional at The Sagamore Club Thursday.
The Eagles (+13) are in eighth place, six strokes behind UNLV (+7), which sits in fifth. The top five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Finals at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., May 29-June 3.
Colorado (-11) shot 277 and leads the tournament, while Illinois (-3) and SMU (-3) are tied for second. UCLA (+5) is fourth. Oregon (+6) is sixth, followed by Alabama (+10). Alabama State (+14) is ninth, while East Carolina (+18) and Marquette are tied for 10th.
Price and Koivu are tied for 18th on the individual leaderboard as only 17 players shot par or better. Andrew Klasing shot a 77, Scott Wolfes carded a 78 and Matt Mierzejewski posted a 79.
Koivu had two birdies and two bogeys on the front to make the turn at even par. The senior birdied hole 12 to move to 1-under but played his final six holes at 2-over.
Price was 2-over through 11 holes and sandwiched a bogey on hole 13 with birdies on holes 12 and 14. The freshman parred the final four holes.
Holes 15, 16 and 17 were three of the four toughest on the course today, and they hurt Georgia Southern as the Eagles played them a combined 11-over par.
Mierzejewski's scorecard is indicative of how unforgiving the course can be. The senior played 14 holes 3-under par, but played holes 4, 7, 16 and 17 at 10-over par.
“Fifteen through 18 are probably the hardest holes on the course, and we had ourselves in position if we had played those better to come out a little better than we did,” said Director of Golf Larry Mays. “There are a lot of holes out here that are unforgiving, and if you do hit that bad shot, you are going to make a big number. We have to keep those big numbers off our cards and then try to make some birdies on the gettable holes.”
Georgia Southern ranked 12th of the 14 teams in par-5 scoring today, and coach Carter Collins sees that as an area the Eagles can improve on for the rest of the tournament.
“I believe we played the par 5s at three over today, and they are gettable,” he said. “You really have to put your ball in the fairway on the par 5s, and if you do that, you have a chance to get there in two. If we can do that and take care of a couple of loose swings, we can put ourselves in position to get to nationals.”
The Eagles are paired with Alabama and Alabama State in tomorrow's second round, and will tee off hole 10 at 8 a.m.