PALO ALTO, CA (WTOC) - Georgia Southern went west with one intention: advance from the Stanford Regional to the NCAA Golf Championship.
After one day at The Farm, the Eagles are positioned well to make that happen.
Southern (-2) sits third after Day One at the Stanford Golf Course, four shots back of the leading, hosting Cardinal. Junior Jake Maples carded four birdies and just one bogey on his way to a three-under 67 to lead the way for the Eagles.
Southern took advantage of starting on the easier back nine, firing 11 birdies and jumping to the top of the leaderboard. The Eagles then managed the tougher front nine to finish with a two-under 278.
“I’m very proud of the team. We had a very good finish. We got to finish on the tougher side. I thought they handled everything very well all day," says head coach Carter Collins. "We stuck to the game plans they developed yesterday. We have a lot of work to do over the next two days, but this team is ready and prepared for it.”
The Eagles tee off Round 2 with Stanford and UNCG on Tuesday.