STILLWATER, Okla.-Day one of the NCAA Men’s South Central Regional Championship concluded on Thursday with a tightly clustered leader board. The tournament’s host the No. 4 ranked Oklahoma State ended in first place with an 8-over 296.
Following by only two strokes, ninth-ranked University of Arkansas ended in a three-way tie for second place with Tennessee-Chattanooga and LSU. TCU and Tulsa trail by a single stroke for the tie at fifth place.
South Dakota State University’s Trent Peterson led the player leader board with a 5-under 67, after having a streak of five birdies on the back nine and otherwise even to par play. Nineteenth-ranked LSU’s John Peterson went 2-under par for second place.
Arkansas freshman Ethan Tracy ended round one tied for third place with a 1-under 71. Tracy birdied three holes on the first nine, but offset it with a double bogey on the seventh hole. He then played the entire back nine to par.
“Ethan played really well for us today,” head coach Brad McMakin said.
David Lingmerth started his day strong with a couple of birdies within the first four holes. After two consecutive bogeys on the sixth and seventh holes, he was playing even to par until bogeying the eleventh, fourteenth, and sixteenth holes. Lingmerth birdied the eighteenth to finish the day at a 2-over 74 and tied for No. 20.
Andrew Landry was a stroke behind and tied for No. 28 with 3-over 75. On the front nine he bogeyed holes 2, 6, and 8, and bogeyed 9. Landry bogeyed holes 10 and 18, but birdied the 14th.
Jason Cuthbertson went 6-over 78, playing through a difficult first nine. He triple-bogied the second hole, birdied the fourth, and bogeyed the seventh and ninth holes. Recovering in the back nine with a pair of birdies on holes 13 and 14, he brought his score to just 2-over before two bogeys and a double bogey in the final three holes to tie for 45th.
Jamie Marshall shot a 10-over 82, after making two birdies, five bogeys, and a triple bogey in the front nine and a birdie and five bogeys in the back.
“Tomorrow it is important for us to stay in the top 5,” McMakin said. “There is a chance of a rainout for the final round and the field is pretty bunched up at the moment. We hope to gain some ground and put a little distance between us and the rest.”
Arkansas will tee off again tomorrow starting at 9:40 with Jamie Marshall. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com. For all things Razorbacks, logon to ArkansasRazorbacks.com