If Northcutt would not have suffered a bogey on 18, he would have been tied for the lead among the non-attached golfers, who are fighting for one spot in the national championship field.
Northcutt turned at three-over-par after nine holes on the par 71 University of Texas Golf Course. He finished one over on the back nine with two bogeys and one birdie. He also had one birdie and one double bogey on day one of the three days of competition.
"It is tough out there," Northcutt said. "It is brutal. I played pretty good. On my double bogey I hit a great shot, but it was just too much club. You can hit a great shot and not get rewarded out here. You have five to six holes to have chance for a birdie and all the rest of them you are doing all you can to make par."
Northcutt's double bogey came on the par three eighth hole, which was 235 yards into the wind. "I hit a choke three-wood, lipped it and ran over the green and into the hazard," he said. "I made double bogey and didn't do anything wrong. I should have hit two-iron instead of a three wood, and I would have probably made two instead of five. I was the last group to finish so we were playing in the windiest part of the day. Hopefully, I can get out there tomorrow morning when the conditions aren't as tough and get something going."
Moreland struggled on the front nine, posting four double bogeys and a bogey to turn at nine over par. After another double bogey at 11, he made four birdies and three pars to close his round.
"Honestly, I got angry and said this wasn't going to happen and started firing at pins and stopped thinking pretty much and just started playing," said Moreland. "I am looking forward to tomorrow. I am in a pretty good mindset. It is the happiest 78 I have shot in my life. I missed an eight-footer on the last hole for birdie that would have given me a 33 on the back."