First round of the NCAA Regionals are underway and Palmetto State teams and golfers are in the hunt for a qualifying spot to advance to the national championship.
Furman’s Keller Harper, a three-time SoCon Player of the Year, shot a 3-under par 68 to hold the 10th spot at the Tallahassee Regional being played on the Seminole Legacy course.
Harper, playing as an individual, has a big challenge to advance from the Regional. Only the top individual, who is not on a advancing team, gets a chance to earn a spot in the NCAA Finals.
Florida State is using their home course to their advantage posting a 17-under par first round to hold a 6-shot lead over Georgia Tech.
Georgia is 5th after the first round with Bulldog golfer Trent Phillips from Boiling Springs tied for 12th at 2-under par.
Tallahassee Regional Scores from GolfStat http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=22938
Gamecock golfer Ryan Hall is in a tie for third place individually at the Albuquerque Regional being played at the UNM Championship Course.
Hall, who is a Haskins Award finalist, shot a 4-under par 69 to tie with 3-other golfers 2-shots behind the leader Jonathan Brightwell from Oklahoma.
The Gamecocks are within the top six positions needed to advance to the NCAA Finals.
South Carolina is tied with Arizona State and Nevada at 3 under par in fifth place. The top six teams from each Regional advance to the Finals at Grayhawk in Scottsdale, Arizona starting on May 28th.
Oregon State leads the regional with a 7-under par 281 total to lead Texas Tech by 2 shots and the Gamecocks by 4 shots going into the second round of the 54 hole qualifying tournament.
Albuquerque Regional scores from GolfStat http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=22942
Kingston Springs Regional
The Clemson Tigers are 4-shots out of sixth place at the Kingston Springs Regional being played at the Country Club of Tennessee.
Clemson finished the first round with a 3-over par 287 to be in 7th place, one position out of qualifying to advance to the finals.
Individually Turk Pettit had the best round for the Tigers. The Clemson senior shot a 1-under par 70 to be tied for 15th place.
Reid Davenport from Vanderbilt has the individual lead at 6-under par 65
Jacob Bridgeman and Kyle Cottam are tied for 29th after both golfers carded rounds of 1-over par 72.
North Carolina State and Kent State have the team lead at 7-under par 277. Vanderbilt and Houston are tied for 3rd place at 5-under par.
USC Upstate’s Hunter Fry, playing in the Regional as an individual shot an opening round 1-over par 72 to tie for 24th place.
Kingston Springs Regional scores from GolfStat http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=22939