COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Georgia Southern golf team posted a 14-over-par 298 and sits in ninth place after the first round of the NCAA Regionals at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course Thursday afternoon.
The Eagles are one shot back of eighth-place San Francisco (+13) and five behind fifth-place Auburn (+9). Texas Tech (+15) is in 10th, a stroke behind GSU. Charlotte (+3) leads the field, and South Carolina (+4) is second, followed by Stanford (+7) and UNLV (+8).
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from the six regionals will advance to the finals at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Atlanta May 28-June 2.
Scott Wolfes led the way for the Eagles with a 2-over 73, while Hayden Anderson, Will Evans and Christian Humber all posted a 75. Charlie Martin rounded out the group with an 81.
“We didn’t get off to the best of starts, but the first four holes are some of the hardest on the course,” said Georgia Southern coach Larry Mays. “I was really proud of the guys for hanging in there after that,
and we played some really good golf right up until the last two holes. We had four bogeys on 17 and three on 18 from our counters so that’s seven shots we’d love to have back.”
After playing the first five holes a combined 8-over, the Eagles settled into the round and were 7-over and in the top-3 as Humber, who teed off first, started hole 17.
Humber, Evans, Anderson and Wolfes, whose four scores were counted in the team total, recorded bogeys on the 221-yard par 3, which played the second-toughest on the course today. Evans parred 18, but the other three posted bogeys to finish with a team total of 298.
After bogeying the first two holes, Wolfes got hot and played his next 13 holes at 3-under. The sophomore stalled at the finish and bogeyed his last three holes to finish the day 2-over.
Anderson posted 12 straight pars after bogeying the first hole and finished with 14 pars on the day. The junior bogeyed 14, 17 and 18 to finish 4-over.
Evans played the first seven holes at 4-over but made a run with birdies on 9 and 12. The junior double bogeyed 14, the toughest hole on the course today, and played the last four holes even to finish 4-over.
“We’ve had a tough time in the opening rounds this spring, but I don’t think we shot ourselves out of it today,” said Mays. “We need to come
back with our good rounds the next couple days, and we should be in the mix.”