BOWLING GREEN, KY. Led by the first round showings of senior Darren Blair and sophomore Matt Hill, the NC State men’s golf team currently sits in fourth place at the 2009 NCAA Central Regional Championships taking place in Bowling Green, Ky., this weekend. NC State shot a six-over (294) on Thursday, with both Blair and Hill carding scores of two-under (70), placing each third after 18 holes.
Top-seed Washington currently holds a 10 shot lead at six-under. Georgia Tech and UCLA are tied at four-over in second place, two shots ahead of the Pack. The Pack has to finish in the top-five this weekend to advance to the NCAA Championships, as is two shots ahead of a pair of teams tied for fifth.
NC State had a rough morning as the Pack’s five golfers combined to shoot 10-over par, but on the second nine holes NC State improved by five shots.
Blair had a consistant round, shooting a one-under on both the front and back-nine. Blair used a pair of eagles, on the par-five No. 11 and 18, as well as a pair of birdies to shoot a two-under (70) in the first round.
After a double bogey on the first hole of the day, Hill would recover and post a two-under (70). Hill had four birdies on the day, and was over par on only the first hole. Hill finished the round strong, with a three-under on the back-nine.
The Pack’s three other golfers each finished over par in their first round. Senior Andrew Byrd finished at three-over (75), with one birdie, but he was one stroke better on the back-nine. Rounding out the Pack’s lineup, sophomore Brandon Detweiler was seven-over (79), while junior Brad Revell shot a nine-over (81).
Nick Taylor of Washington holds the lead at five-under (67), while Georgia Tech’s Cameron Triangale is in second at three-under (69), just one shot ahead of Blair and Hill. The top individual finisher not on the top-five teams will also advance to the NCAA Championships.
The second round will take place tomorrow, with the final round on Saturday.
Full results and live scoring can be found at golfstat.com.