Corner tied for eighth after first round at NCAA Regional

Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State's men's golf teams maintained their lead in their respective NCAA regionals on Tuesday.

"This team doesn't know how to quit - it's wonderful", MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said. The team in fact wrapped its impressive 2018 campaign in fine fashion. Obviously, we shot the same score [as yesterday] and the difference is we didn't finish as well today and not all five guys were right around par. The senior shot a 1-over 72 on Tuesday afternoon that was highlighted by an eagle on the 15th hole. IL (even-par 852), UNLV (15-over-par 867), Northwestern (16-over-par 868) and Texas Tech (18-over-par 870) completed the top five as those teams will now move on to the national championships, May 25-30. After completion of the second round, the field will be cut to the top-18 teams and six low individuals not from the advancing schools. BYU and North Florida tied for the runner-up spot with an 851.

Individual performances of the day include Noah Norton, Andy Ogletree and, Tyler Strafaci each shot a two under 69, while Luke Schniderjans had a harder day posting a one over 73. It was the same scenario as a year ago (at the Stanford Regional) when we were in it for five hours and four minutes and lost it on the last hole, and we lost it on the last hole again.

Deneen, the 2018 Sun Belt Champion, is no stranger to low rounds either as he posted rounds in the 60's in three of his last five of the season. Alabama rounds out the top-three in third at 6-under par 282. He shot a 1-under par 215 (72-71-72). In the third round, he birdied two of the final three holes on the front nine, and then recorded another birdie on No. 10. He shot an four-over-par the first round, which landed him in a tie for 61st place.

Christofer Rahm led UNCW by finishing in a tie for 28th place at 4-over.

"I thought we did a better job of getting off to a solid start, but unfortunately we made too many mistakes and we never had control of this round", MSU coach Dusty Smith said. Ieremia is now -8 through two rounds and sits in third place on the individual leaderboard.

  • Delores Daniels