Cats Finish Round 1 in 4th place

Brian Craig knows it's not going to be easy to get back to the NCAA Championship. <br><br> Without the services of All-SEC sophomore Matt Kohn, the third year coach knew he needed someone to step up.

Better late then never, here came Brandon Waldrop, to do just that.

The junior from St. Xavier high school led an inspiring effort from the 22nd-ranked Wildcats, as they posted a Day 1 score of 298. The score was good enough for a tie for 4th place with Texas. The score, also gave Kentucky a little breathing room for tomorrow's round.

Waldrop, however, was the talk of the team and tournament.

Overlooked and underrated, Waldrop shot an up-and-down round of 70, in which the Louisville native had two eagles and one double bogey.

He was not alone.

The always dependable John Holmes brought in a 1 over par, 73, to help balance the 7 over par and 4 over par brought in by Mark Blakefield and Matt Wells, respectively.

For the Cats, it was a surprisingly good start for the weekend, as they showed no signs of slowing down without All-SEC golfer, Matt Kohn.

The sophomore from Florida was ruled academically ineligible just weeks ago and has left Kentucky searching for a valid replacement. Tyler Wilson took his spot in the order, Thursday, and struggled in a bogey-plagued 81.

The Cats are looking to continue to hold steady and stay above the mark needed to advance to the Championships for the second straight year.

Oklahoma State leads the NCAA Central Regional Championship after posting a 1-under par 287. Texas A&M and Purdue follow in at second and third place, respectively.

The low 10 teams and the low two individuals not on those teams will advance to the 2004 NCAA Men's Golf Championships held from June 1 to 4 at Hot Springs, Va.

Kentucky returns to action tomorrow, as they are the first team off the tee-box at 7:30 AM. Inside Kentucky will have a complete wrap-up throughout the day and continue to keep you updated.

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