Deacs Tied For 7th After Round 1 of NCAA Regionals
May 16, 2013
By Gary Petit, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMGolf)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Wake Forest seniors Evan Beck and Charlie Harrison combined to shoot 6-under par on Thursday to lead the Demon Deacons in the opening round of the NCAA East Regional at the Golden Eagle Country Club.
The Deacs finished with a round of 4-under 284 and are tied for seventh heading into Friday's second round. North Florida leads the team standings at 16-under par while Oregon, Georgia Tech and South Florida are all tied for fourth at 8-under par. The top-5 teams at the end of the tournament will earn a berth into the NCAA Championship in Atlanta.
Beck had another solid day as he made five birdies and just one bogey in a round of 4-under 68. That was his lowest round in any of his four NCAA Regional appearances. Beck has finished no worse than 18th in his three previous regionals and will start the second round in a tie for sixth.
Harrison had a rocky start to the day and would make the turn in 2-over 38. But he bounced-back with four birdies in a six-hole stretch on the second nine to come home in 32 and post a 2-under 70. That is his lowest round since an opening round 70 at the Gary Koch Invitational last month. He is in a tie for 20th heading into Friday.
Freshman Davis Womble, who is coming off a solid ACC Championship, opened with a round of even-par 72. Like Harrison, Womble got off to a tough start and was 3-over par through eight holes. But he birdied three of the next four holes to get back on track. Womble is currently in a tie for 36th.
Juniors John Varol and Thomas Birdsey rounded out the Deacons' lineup on Thursday with rounds of 74 and 76, respectively. Varol birdied two of his final three holes, including nearly recording a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh.
North Florida's MJ Maguire had it rolling on Thursday, making five birdies, an eagle and no bogeys in an opening round of 7-under 65. He holds a one-shot lead over a pair of players heading into the second round.
Wake Forest will once again be in the first wave off the tenth tee on Friday morning beginning at 8 a.m. The Deacs are paired with Oklahoma and NC State. Golfstat.com will have live scoring of the final two rounds.
Team Standings 1. North Florida 272 (-16) 2. Washington 276 (-12) 3. Florida State 277 (-11) 4. Georgia Tech 280 (-8) Oregon 280 (-8) South Florida 280 (-8) 7. Wake Forest 284 (-4) Oklahoma 284 (-4) 9. NC State 289 (+1) 10. Oregon State 292 (+4) 11. Iowa 299 (+11) 12. San Diego 299 (+11) 13. Loyola Maryland 301 (+13)