Men's Golf off to slow start at NCAA's

Vanderbilt men's golf team is tied for 27th place after the first round at the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla. The 72-hole tournament, which is being played at the Karsten Creek course (Par 72, 7,301 yards), continues Wednesday with the second of four rounds.

The Vanderbilt men's golf team is tied for 27th place after the first round at the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla. The 72-hole tournament, which is being played at the Karsten Creek course (Par 72, 7,301 yards), continues Wednesday with the second of four rounds.

Vanderbilt began on hole No. 10 Tuesday and finished the first day tied for 27th in the 30-team field with a 32-over-par score of 320. Vanderbilt, playing in the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history, enters the second round nine shots out of the top-20 and just 21 shots out of the lead.

Individually, sophomores Lance Goodson and Ben McClung both finished tied for 87th place after shooting rounds of seven-over-par 79 to lead Vanderbilt after the first day. Goodson, who led the Commodores with his tie for seventh at the NCAA East Regional, made the turn at one-over before registering three bogeys and a triple bogey in the final nine holes.

McClung also made the turn at one-over and actually had climbed back to even par with a birdie on his 11th hole. However, three bogeys and two double bogeys in the final seven holes dropped McClung to seven-over-par for the first 18 holes.

Next for Vanderbilt and in a tie for 106th place with nine-over-par scores of 81 were senior Brandt Snedeker and sophomore Mark Donnell. Snedeker, who is playing in his second consecutive NCAA Championship, was six-over in his first nine holes, including a quadruple bogey on his eighth hole. He went on to finish the back nine three-over for a nine-over-par first round.

Donnell made the turn at two-over and looked to be putting together Vanderbilt's best round as he was just three-over through 12 holes. But a birdie on the final hole could not make up for three double bogeys on the back that sent Donnell to his score of nine-over-par.

Rounding out the Vanderbilt squad was senior Craig Dunlap, who finished the first day tied for 125th place with an 11-over-par score of 83. Dunlap put together a relatively balanced first round as he carded four bogeys and a double bogey in his first nine holes and then came back with three bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine.

Teams
T1. Oklahoma State 299 +11
T1. North Carolina State 299 +11
T1. Clemson 299 +11
T1. Auburn 299 +11
T5. Southern California 300 +12
T5. Duke 300 +12
7. Florida 302 +14
8. UCLA 303 +15
T9. Wake Forest 304 +16
T9. Illinois 304 +16
11. Minnesota 305 +17
T12. Arizona State 306 +18
T12. Texas 306 +18
14. Arizona 307 +19
T15. Wichita State 308 +20
T15. North Carolina 308 +20
T17. Kentucky 309 +21
T17. New Mexico 309 +21
19. Georgia Tech 310 +22
20. Augusta State 311 +23
T21. UNLV 313 +25
T21. South Carolina 313 +25
T23. Arkansas 314 +26
T23. Washington 314 +26
25. Georgia 315 +27
26. SMU 316 +28
T27. Vanderbilt 320 +32
T27. Tennessee 320 +32
T29. San Diego State 323 +35
T29. Oregon 323 +35

Vanderbilt's Individuals
T87. Lance Goodson 79 +7
T87. Ben McClung 79 +7
T106. Brandt Snedeker 81 +9
T106. Mark Donnell 81 +9
T125. Craig Dunlap 83 +11


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