Day One Complete at NCAA Columbus Regional

May 16, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Postseason competition kicked off at the Ohio State University Golf Club Thursday with round one of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Columbus Regional on the par 71, 7,286-yard Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. The 54-hole tournament will continue Friday with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. and the final round slated to start 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Charlotte leads the field of 13 teams and 10 individuals with a team score of 3-over 287. South Carolina sits in second with a 4-over 288 with Stanford rounding out the Top 3 with a 7-over 291.

“Our guys, 1-5, played very solid today and I think we had everyone in touch with a good round throughout most of the day,” Ryan Cabbage, head coach of Charlotte’s men golf team, said. “Overall, it was a good start for us and I’m looking forward to the next couple of days.”

Charlotte’s Raoul Menard, a back-to-back medalist at the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships, posted a 4-under 67 to finish the first round in first place among individuals. UNLV’s Carl Jonson and South Carolina’s Will Starke are tied for second after carding a 3-under 68 each.

The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships. The finals will take place May 28-June 2 at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta. Georgia Tech is the host institution for this year's championships.

NCAA Columbus Regional – Day One
Scarlet Course
Par 71, 7,286 yard

Team Standings
1. Charlotte – 287 (+3)
2. South Carolina – 288 (+4)
3. Stanford – 291 (+7)
4. UNLV – 292 (+8)
5. Auburn – 293 (+9)
T6. Missouri – 294 (+10)
T6. New Mexico – 294 (+10)
8. San Francisco – 297 (+13)
9. Georgia Southern – 298 (+14)
10. Texas Tech – 299 (+15)
11. Virginia – 303 (+19)
12. Chattanooga – 304 (+20)
13. Valparaiso – 309 (+25)



Individual Standings (Top 10)
1. Raoul Menard (Charlotte) – 67 (-4)
T2. Carl Jonson (UNLV) – 68 (-3)
T2. Will Starke (South Carolina) – 68 (-3)
T4. Matias Dominguez (Texas Tech) – 70 (-1)
T4. Cory McElyea (San Francisco) – 70 (-1)
T4. Cameron Wilson (Stanford) – 70 (-1)
T4. Ryan Zech (Missouri) – 70 (-1)
T8. Dominic Bozzelli (Auburn) – 71 (E)
T8. Gavin Green (New Mexico) – 71 (E)
T10. James Erkenbeck (New Mexico) – 72 (+1)
T10. Michael Johnson (Auburn) – 72 (+1)
T10. Sean Kelly (South Carolina) – 72 (+1)
T10. Patrick Rodgers (Stanford) – 72 (+1)
T10. Erik Van Rooyen (Minnesota) – 72 (+1)
T10. Adam Schenk (Purdue) – 72 (+1)
T10. Matthew Moseley (Michigan State) – 72 (+1)

Quotes from Day 1
Ryan Cabbage, Charlotte head coach

On the 49ers’ performance in first round

“We played very well. Obviously, Raoul [Menard] finished up with a 67 there at four under. Our guys, 1-5, played very solid today and I think we had everyone in touch with a good round throughout most of the day. Overall, it was a good start for us and I’m looking forward to the next couple of days.”

On how the course is playing so far
“It wasn’t as difficult today as it was yesterday in the practice round. With just a little bit less wind blowing, it was a little bit more playable, but at the same time, it is still a very difficult golf course. With the greens as complex as they are and the rough that’s off the fairways and around the greens, it’s still a good challenge and it was a good round by our team today.”

Raoul Menard, Charlotte sophomore
On his performance today

“I played great. It was tough out there but I just stayed patient and got off to a good start. I had good shots all day so I can’t really complain. It was fun.”

On what he’s focusing on moving forward
“Its kind of cliché but just hitting one shot at a time. We have the opportunity to move forward, maybe go to the NCAA Championships I think if we play well. I’m just focusing on the moment and making every shot the best I can and everything should take care of itself.” 

Carl Jonson, UNLV sophomore
On his performance in first round

“I played solid, pretty steady. I gave myself a lot of birdie opportunities and knocked some in.”

On moving forward
“It’s a nervous time of year, I guess I’d say, just because there’s a lot of pressure this week because you have to play well as a team to keep going. We’ve worked really hard all year and we’re well prepared. The whole team is pretty confident about moving forward.”

Bill McDonald, South Carolina head coach
On the Gamecocks’ performance today

“We played okay. I had one of my freshmen, Will Starke, play a great round. He was three under. Sean Kelly has a hurt wrist and he fought through that and shot one over so that’s what kind of carried us. My top three guys actually struggled a little bit, but they kept us in it. We have a chance now in the next two days.”

On how the course is playing
“It’s tough. Today, we couldn’t have played with any easier conditions with no wind and perfect weather. It’s always difficult and if you don’t drive the ball well around here, you’re going to get behind trees or in bunkers. It [the course] is playing great; it’s in incredible shape. For me, it’s probably one of my favorite courses that we play in college golf.”

Will Starke, South Carolina freshman
On his performance in first round

“I didn’t hit very many fairways, I think I only hit four. The golf course is pretty tough in that you don’t hit many fairways; it’s thick and rough. I had a lot of long shots coming into the greens but I really scrambled nicely and putted really well and took advantage of the par five holes.”

On continuing momentum moving forward
“I’m going to get a good night’s rest and do the same thing I did today and hopefully hit a couple more fairways.”