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Hogs in Top 10 after Round 1

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Hogs in Top 10 after Round 1

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TOLEDO, Ohio- The No. 10 ranked University of Arkansas men’s golf team competed in Round 1 of the 112th NCAA Division I Championship, ending the day with a 13-over 297 and tied for 10th place among the field of 30 teams. It is the first appearance at the tournament since 2005 for the Razorbacks.Fourth ranked Oklahoma State and No. 1 Georgia shared the top spot on the leader board after the first round with 4-over scores of 288. Chattanooga followed in third with an 8-over 292. Washington and San Diego tied for fourth with a 9-over 293. Arizona State Ohio State, and Tennessee followed in sixth with 10-over 294. Michigan finished with a 12-over 296 in ninth place.The event is hosted by the University of Toledo and the Inverness Course. Temperatures were in the low 60s during today’s action with a small amount of rain in the morning with winds picking up in intensity in the afternoon.On the individual front, few strokes separated the top 15 players. Jonathan Bowers (Northwestern), Scott Langley (Illinois), and Matt Hill (North Carolina State) tied for first with 2-under 69. Alex Ching (San Diego), Tome Hoge (TCU), Phillip Francis (UCLA), David Holmes (Tennessee), and Nick Taylor (Washington) finished in a tie for fourth at 1-under 70. Simon Ward (UCF), Fredrik Qvicker (Chattanooga), Corey Nagy (Charlotte), Russell Henley (Georgia), Trent Leon (Oklahoma State), Brian Harman (Georgia), and Arkansas’ Jamie Marshall tied at ninth at an even par 71.Texas A&M sophomore Conrad Shindler registered the lone hole-in-one on the day on the 200-yard No. 3 hole.David Lingmerth and Andrew Landry both ended the day at a tie for 56th shooting 4-over 75. Freshman Ethan Tracy tied in 75th, just a stroke behind with a 5-over 76. Jason Cuthbertson evened out the team with a 6-over 77, in a tied for 77.Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike McGraw
“I’m pretty happy with the round. It was a tale of two stories. Our first nine holes (on the back) were calm, sunny and warm and were the easier of the two nines. We lost around 8-12 shots on the back nine and it was a dramatic turnaround for us. We had a double, triple and a bogey on the par three but everybody behind us was doing the same.”“It was a hard nine holes of golf on a championship golf course with the wind blowing a lot harder. It wasn’t going to be very easy. We finished well the last 2-3 holes and that was good for us.”

Georgia Head Coach Chris Haack
“We survived Inverness and that’s all you can try to do out here. We played well and didn’t let anything crazy happen. It was a good round and four guys play solid for us. That’s what you have to have out here.”(on the change of format affecting team’s mindset)
“I’m sure there is a little bit of that but our goal is to go out there and win. If we’re in the hunt to win the top eight will take care of itself.”(on the course)
“I think this golf course test all aspects of your game. You have to hit your irons well and putt pretty well. Fortunately for us we have five experienced guys and hopefully that experience will pay off. The wind picked up and it was very tough out there. Judging by the scores out there you know that at any given time the course can rise up and bite you. 



Jonathan Bowers, Northwestern
“I really played well today. I hit it straight and greens. When I struggled I was able to get it up and down for par. I even had a good bogey out there and was fortunate to make a few birdies as well.”(on how the course played)
“It’s tough to say because we played in the morning. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Some of the pins were pretty accessible because the rain softened things up. It didn’t play quite as firm and fast as it did in the practice round. It will be interesting to see how it plays in the afternoon.”

Tom Hoge, TCU
“I’ve been hitting it pretty well lately. I had a pretty good run going until finishing my round with a triple on No. 9. If you can just hit the greens and get some short putts you can get a lot of good lucks at birdies."(did the rain help with softening the greens)
“The greens were holding pretty well. You could be pretty aggressive out there if you put the ball in the fairway.”(did making a triple on No. 9 leave you disappointed with your round)
“It’s a long golf tournament and one hole isn’t going to kill you. It’s a little frustrating to leave some shots out there on the last hole, but I know we have a lot of work to do.”

Scott Langley, Illinois
“I played pretty steady and got off to a good start. I had a little bit of speed bump in the middle of the round but I told myself that’s going to happen here because it’s such a tough course. I told myself to hang in there and I made a couple of birdies coming in. It’s tough out there and with these conditions it made it even harder. I just kept telling myself I can make birdies out here.”

Matt Hill, North Carolina State
(on bogeying the 18th hole)
“I feel like I put myself in really good position and I was happy with the way I played. It was tough finishing with a bogey but I have a lot of confidence going into tomorrow. The wind was tough and I just tried to hit some low shots. I hit my driver maybe five or six times and tried to keep it out of the wind as much as possible.”The 30 teams and six individuals will return to stroke play on Wednesday beginning at 7:00. Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com



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