The NCAA Division I men’s regionals got underway Thursday at six sites around the country. The low five teams after Saturday’s final round will advance to the May 23-28 NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes.
Here are the first-round results from the Columbia, San Antonio and Eugene regionals (click here for complete regional scores):
Columbia Regional, at The Club at Old Hawthorne:
Leader: Oklahoma State (-16)
Second place: Missouri (-7)
Individual leader: Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State (-7)
Rest of the top 5: Virginia (-3); LSU and Arkansas (+1)
Work to do: Arizona State (+3); Iowa (+3); Iowa State (+5); San Diego State (+6)
Skinny: The No. 2-ranked Cowboys got off to a roaring start, with four players shooting 70 or better on Day 1. Jordan Niebrugge, a 2013 Walker Cupper, and senior Talor Gooch are 1-2 on the leaderboard after 65 (bogey-free) and 67, respectively. … Taking advantage on their home course. Missouri shot 7-under 281 in the opening round. The Tigers are ranked 46th in the country and are the eighth seed in the regional. … All five of the top seeds are T-6 or better after the opening round.
San Antonio Regional, at Briggs Ranch Golf Course:
Leader: Georgia (-7)
Second place: College of Charleston (-3)
Individual leader: Julien Brun (TCU) and Bryson Dechambeau (SMU), -5
Rest of the top 5: UCF and SMU (E); UCLA and TCU (+2)
Work to do: Georgia Southern (+3); Georgia State (+4); Vanderbilt (+7); South Florida (+11)
Skinny: College of Charleston, which was the No. 11 seed after receiving the AQ from the Colonial Athletic Association, sits in second place after the opening round. The team didn’t count a score worse than 72. … Two teams from Texas – SMU (E) and TCU (+2) – are in the top 5 after one round. … Fourth-seeded Vanderbilt is ninth after an opening 295, five shots out of the all-important fifth spot, but the Commodores are without one of their best players, Matthias Schwab. … TCU’s Julien Brun, who won the Big 12 title by nine shots, opened with 67 Thursday to share the early individual lead.
Eugene Regional, at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club:
Leader: Stanford (-4)
Second place: Oklahoma (E)
Individual leader: Patrick Rodgers, Stanford (-4)
Rest of the top 5: South Carolina and North Florida (+6); Oregon (+9)
Work to do: Houston (+10); Baylor (+14); Liberty (+15); Tennessee (+19)
Skinny: After wins in four of its last five starts, Stanford opened up a four-shot lead after the first round of regionals. … Playing on its home course, Oregon hung on to the fifth spot after Round 1 despite an opening 289 in which no player shot par or better. … Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers took the individual lead after a first-round 66. With 10 career titles, he needs one more victory to match Tiger Woods’ school record. … Houston is one of only two top-10 teams that are outside the top 5 after the first round of regionals. The Cougars, however, are only one shot behind Oregon.