Golfers Tied for 18th After One Round at NCAA East Regional
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The 27th-ranked LSU men’s golf team shot a 24-over par 304 on Thursday in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Division 1 East Regional held at the Course at Yale to finish the day in a tie for 18th place.
The Tigers, making their first appearance in NCAA-regional play since 2002, are 10 shots out of 10th place, the cutoff point for a berth in the NCAA Championships. The Tigers finished 16th in the 2002 NCAA Central Regional in Little Rock, Ark, and are making their third-regional appearance under fifth-year head coach Greg Jones.
Top-ranked Florida shot a 6-over par 286 to lead the field after one round. Third-ranked Georgia is one shot behind the Gators in second place at 7-over 287, while defending national champion Clemson and Georgia State are tied for third at 8-over 288. Penn State is in fifth place after shooting a 10-over 290.
Junior Heath West, making his second-career NCAA-regional appearance, led the way for LSU on Thursday as he shot a 4-over par 74 to end the day tied for 41st place. Senior Garrett Prather shot a 5-over 75, and Andrew Lanahan posted a 7-over 77. Junior Jeff Riemann and true freshman Garrett Runion each shot an 8-over par 78.
LSU is currently tied with Augusta State and Georgetown.
“I am disappointed with the way we played, but my experience tells me that there are still two days left to do something,” said Jones. “The field should balance out tomorrow; the scores will probably go up. We will tee off in the morning so there will not be any wind and that will help.”
“We just putted poorly today, I mean we had to have 16 or 18 three putts today,” said Jones. “We made more mistakes today than we have all season but there is still time left.”
Rhode Island’s Kenneth Fahey and Bill Haas of Wake Forest are tied for the individual lead at 3-under 67.
The second round will begin on Friday at 7:30 EST. The Tigers will tee off at 8:15 and are paired with Georgia State and North Carolina.
TEAM SCORES (Par 280)
1. Florida 286 +6; 2. Georgia 287 +7; t3. Clemson 288 +8; t3. Georgia State 288 +8; 5. Penn State 290 +10; 6. Georgia Tech 291 +11; 7. Rhode Island 292 +12; t8. UAB 294 +14; t8. North Carolina 294 +14; t8. Duke 294 +14; t8. Auburn 294 +14; 12. Wake Forest 296 +16; 13. Tennessee 297 +17; t14. North Carolina State 299 +19; t14. South Carolina 299 +19; t14. Vanderbilt 299 +19; 17. Georgia Southern 302 +22; t18. LSU 304 +24; t18. Augusta State 304 +24; t18. Georgetown 304 +24; t21. Maryland 306 +26; t21. Jacksonville State 306 +26; t23. Towson 310 +30; t23. Army 310 +30; 25. Yale 311 +31; 26. Binghamton 312 +32; 27. Long Island University-Brooklyn 321 +41
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Par 70)
T1. Kenneth Fahey, Rhode Island, 67 -3; t1. Bill Haas, Wake Forest, 67 -3; 3. Camilo Villegas, Florida, 68 -2; t4. Richard Scott, Georgia, 69 -1; t4. Nathan Smith, Duke, 69 -1