FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas men’s golf team completed first-round action of the NCAA Central Regional on Thursday with a 20-over-par 304 at the par-71, 7,420-yard Scarlet Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio. The Razorbacks are tied with Penn State for 19th place. Junior Jason Turner is the top UA golfer after 18 holes of play.
Turner carded a three-over-par 74 on day one and is among a group of 14 golfers tied for 24th place. He was even halfway through the first round, but dropped on shot on the 11th hole and back-to-back bogeys on holes No. 16 and 17 dropped the Razorback junior to his first-round finishing spot.
David Lingmerth is tied with 16 other competitors at 38th place following a four-over-par 75. After a double bogey on the eighth hole, Lingmerth steadied to card just one bogey over the final 10 holes of play Thursday. Freshman Sam Chavez struggled down the back nine with bogies on holes No. 14, 15 and 16 to finish the first round with a six-over-par 77 and a share of 77th place.
Juniors Andrew Landry and Will Osborne each shot an eight-over-par 78 over the first 18 holes of competition. The score ties a season-high round for Landry, while Osborne got off to a rough start with bogies on six straight holes on the front nine before posting a birdie on hole No. 9. They are among a group of 19 golfers with a share of 87th place.
Wake Forest will head in Friday’s second round with the team lead after its six-over-par 290. The Demon Deacons hold a two-shot lead over Alabama and are three shots ahead of Oklahoma State. Brandan Gielow of Wake Forest is the current leader on the individual board with a two-under-par 69, one shot a head of a group of five golfers tied at one under par.
The top ten teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to the NCAA Championships to be played May 28-31 at the Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ind. Lamar and Ohio State occupy the final two team spots after the first round. The two teams are tied for ninth place at 15 over par. Ten teams, including Arkansas, are within five strokes of the final qualifying spot with 36 holes to be played.
Friday’s second round is set to begin at 6 a.m. CT. The Razorbacks will be paired with Michigan and Penn State and will tee off at 7:35 a.m. Once play starts a live scoreboard will be available at www.hogwired.com and www.golfstat.com.