May 19, 2009
BLAINE, Wash. - Fayetteville State currently sits in the 16th position after the first round of golf at the NCAA DII National Tournament. The Broncos combined for a total score of 311; which is 27 strokes over par. In a field of 108 golfers, Derek Scott leads the team with a 74, three-over par. Eighteen golfers are within three shots of the lead; 27 are within four strokes. Gene Webster of Cal State University San Bernardino shot a 1-under par 71 to take a one shot lead over the field. Barry and Sonoma State are tied for the team lead at 9-over par 293. Northeastern State, Okla., is third at 294.
"We didn't play a bad round of golf," explains head coach Raymond McDougal on the Broncos performance, "yes we shot a 311 but, at the NCAA Super Regionals, we shot 304, 309, and 305. We were due for a high round. Now that it is out of our system, we should bounce back and be in the hunt."
Fayetteville State may be 18 strokes behind the leaders, but they stand 11 shots behind fifth place Lynn University (300). Indiana (PA), the East/Atlantic Super Region Champion, is tied at 13th with a 309 score.
Derek Scott, a senior from Hope Mills, NC, shot two birdies on the day. His first one was on Hole 6, a par 5 of 545 yards, while his second came on Hole 13, a par four of 326 yards. He is tied for 20th with eight other golfers
Kevin Lyles, another senior from Charlotte, NC, also had two birdies but late in the round. On the back nine, he had back to back birdies on 14 and 15. Hole 14 was a 563-yard par five and 15 was a 370-yard par four. Lyles had an Even score after 15, but faltered poorly on the following par three with a triple bogey. He finished his round with a double bogey and a bogey for a 78, seven-over par.
(junior - Sanford, NC) finished his first round with a 79, eight-over par. He began the day too aggressive with bogeys on the first two holes.
Jeremy Ringled (junior - Hope Mills, NC) recorded extra strokes on the end of the front and back nine. He had three bogeys in a row on Holes 7, 8, 9 and 16, 17 and 18. His 80 score will put him nine-over par.
William McClure (junior - Fayetteville, NC) shot an 84 (13-over par) on the day. He also shot a birdie on Hole 13 but he accumulated three double-bogeys or worse.
Matt Ewald of Washburn University had a hole-in-one at the par four 13th hole. Ewald used his driver at the downhill 326-yard hole. It was on Ewald's fourth hole on the day and his first hole-in-one. His feat was the first hole-in-one on the 13th hole since Loomis Trail opened in 1992.
The Broncos will tee off for the second round of the 72-hole tournament today at 12 noon Pacific time. For Live coverage of the NCAA Division II National Tournament, visit www.golfstat.com.