Memphis Posts Season-Best 276 (-12) to Begin NCAA West Regional
May 16, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - The University of Memphis men's golf team fired a season-best round score of 276 (-12) Thursday to tie for sixth after the first round of the NCAA West Regional at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club.
Memphis' first round score tied for fourth in program history, just three strokes off the school record of 273 that was set at the Missouri Bluffs Challenge in the fall of 2004. In relation to par, the Tigers' 12-under is tied for second in school history behind Memphis' 13-under 275 that was set in the spring of 2011 at the ECU/UNCW River Landing Intercollegiate.
"We played really well today," said head coach Grant Robbins. "We got off to a hot start and just hung in there. The conditions are perfect for scoring. We just need to stay patient and continue to take advantage of the par 5s. There's a lot of golf left, but I like our position right now."
The Tigers were led in the first round by junior Will Pearson, who carded a 7-under-par 65 to tie for third through 18 holes. Pearson's score ties for third in school history behind Keven Fortin-Simard's 63 in 2006 and Tim Roop's 64 in 1990. USC's Sam Smith leads the field with a 10-under-par 62, a new course record, while Saint Mary's Mac McClung is one stroke back for second.
Sophomore Cory Gaylord also had a strong day for the Tigers, posting a 67 to tie for 15th. Senior Carlson Cox was also under on the day with a 71 to tie for 36th, while junior Grant Milner and freshman Thomas Perrot tied for 58th with 73s in the opening round.
No. 1 California leads the field following a 23-under-par 265 while No. 24 Saint Mary's fired a 267 to sit in second. Both the Golden Bears and Gaels set school records for round scores in relation to par. San Diego State is in third with a 270, two strokes in front of No. 13 USC. Pacific rounds out the top five with a 274. No. 11 TCU is tied with Memphis. The top five teams will move on to the NCAA Championships, May 28 - June 2, in Atlanta, Ga.
Second round action will begin tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. PDT. Live scoring can be found at Golfstat.com.