Thursday, May 19
This was the day that we have been preparing for all year long. Early in the fall season we began talking about how when we reach the NCAA Regional, we need to be as prepared as possible and fully feel like we deserve to play well. The day had finally come and Casey King got us started off the #1 tee at 8:50am.
The guys may have felt the nerves a little too much early on in the day, as we got off to a pretty rough start on the front nine. We weren’t able to hit enough fairways early on and that put us in a tough spot to make birdies. After the ninth hole we were 10 over-par as a team and not at all where we wanted to be. However, the guys did a great job responding to the tough start and were able to make some birdies on the back nine. Casey was able to steady the ship and play the back in even par. David Fink, who shot 4 over-par on the front, was able to dig deep and shoot 3 under-par on the back. Nick Sherwood was also able to shoot 3 under-par on the back, and Alex Moore kept up his great play shooting 4 under-par on the back to post a 5 under 66, which puts him in second place individually. It all added up to 10 under-par on the back nine, which got us back to even-par for the tournament. You can view our scorecards here.
The day went from being very disappointing after the front to an ‘ok’ day after our back nine. Unfortunately we put ourselves in a difficult position early on, but the guys did a great job of salvaging a decent score out of the day and we now feel a little momentum heading into tomorrow’s round. We are currently tied for 7th place with two rounds to go, and only six strokes behind the leaders. The plan for tomorrow is to go out and have that same mindset that they had on the back nine today. Jonnie Motomochi will lead us off the 10th tee tomorrow at 8:00am and live scoring can be followed at GolfStat.com