Men's Golf Right In The Mix After Day 1 Of NCAA Southeast Regional
May 20, 2010
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - The Wake Forest men's golf team opened the NCAA Southeast Regional on Thursday at The Capital Golf Club with a round of 12-over 292 and are tied for seventh. The Deacs are just three-shots behind BYU in the race for the fifth and final qualifying spot.
All of the teams this week are vying for one of the top-5 spots which earns a trip to the NCAA Championships in two weeks at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. Oklahoma State currently holds the top-spot after round of 282 while ACC-foe Clemson is a close second 283. ACC Champion Georgia Tech posted a 287 and is in third place and Georgia Southern is in fourth at 288. BYU carded a 289 and currently holds the fifth spot but Arizona State is a shot behind in 6th after a 290. Wake Forest is one of three teams tied for seventh after a 292.
"The course played very tricky today with some tough pin locations," said Wake Forest head coach Jerry Haas. "This is one of those courses where the teams are going to bunched together. I don't think any team is going to run away with it so we need to do something to separate ourselves from the pack a little. If we can sharpen a few things up and not make so many of the little mistakes, I think we'll be right there."
In all, eight teams are within six shots of the fifth and final spot, setting up a fun final 36-holes.
For the second-straight year, sophomore Lee Bedford led the Deacons in the opening round as he made 16 pars to go along with a birdie and a bogey in an even-par round of 70. The Cary, NC, native has now played seven of his last nine rounds at par or better and is averaging 70.6 strokes per round over that stretch. He will start the second round tied for 10th.
Freshman Evan Beck played a beautiful round on Thursday, posting a pair of 1-over 36s to card a 2-over 72. He birdied the first hole of the day and was 1-over through 12 holes before birdying the par-5 fourth to get back to even. But a double at the fifth dropped him to 2-over and that's where he finished.
Beck is playing some of his best golf at the end of the season. He was averaging 75.4 strokes per round heading into the ACC Championship last month but over the last four rounds, he is averaging 72.2 per round and three of four of his scores have counted towards the team score. Beck is currently tied for 24th heading into the second round.
Senior Brendan Gielow was 3-over par through the first three holes on Thursday but he settled-down and played the final 15 holes at even-par to post an opening round 73. He heads into the second round in a tie for 32nd.
Individually, four players tied for the low round of the day at 2-under 68 - Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State, John Tyler Griffin of Georgia Tech, Jonathan Randolph of Mississippi and Robbie Fillmore of BYU. The quartet leads another five players that carded an opening round of 1-under 69.
The Demon Deacons will start the second round Friday morning at 7:30 am off the tenth tee. Wake is paired with South Alabama and Furman. Golfstat.com will have live hole-by-hole scoring of the final 36 holes.