May 17, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Senior M.J. Daffue opened the NCAA Greensboro Regional with a 2-under-par 70 on Thursday to help the Lamar University men's golf team finish the first day of competition in a tie for sixth place.
Playing on the par-72, 7,271-yard Grandover Resort East Course, Lamar finished round one tied with Louisiana-Lafayette at 7-over-par 295. The 54-hole tournament will continue Friday with the top five teams moving on to the NCAA Championship.
In addition to the top five teams, the highest finishing individual not on one of those teams, will advance to the NCAA Championship which is set for May 29-June 3 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Daffue, who has won the last two Southland Conference Tournaments, is tied with four other players for fourth place. The native South African had six birdies on the day, but also had to settle for a pair of double bogeys in his round.
Liberty will carry the 18-hole lead into Friday's action after the Flames fired a 5-under-par 283. SMU is second in the 14-team field at even-par 288, with Tulsa and UNLV tied for third at 293 (+5) and Texas Tech in fifth at 294 (+6).
Lamar and ULL lead top seeded Auburn (296) by one stroke, followed by Indiana (298), Florida (299), Duke (301), Charlotte (303), Mount St. Mary's (311) and George Washington (312).
SMU's Matt Schovee leads the 75-player field after opening with an impressive 5-under-par 67. Teammate Harry Higgs and John Young Kim of Tulsa are tied for second after posting identical 69s.
After Daffue, Lamar has three players tied for 31st after each carded a 75. Senior Kevin Hesbois was the only Cardinal not to take a double bogey or worse as he finished the day with a pair of birdies and five bogeys.
Fellow senior Xavier Feyaerts was even through 12 holes, but took a double bogey on the par-4 fourth hole to go to 2-over. After a pair of pars, Feyaerts would close with two bogeys and a birdie for his 75.
Freshman Luke Jerling
, playing in his first NCAA Regional, took a triple bogey on his fourth hole of the day to move to 3-over-par. Jerling would play the other 17 holes at even-par with two birdies and two bogeys.
Lamar's fifth golfer was redshirt junior Erik Knudsen who opened with a 7-over-par 79 and is tied for 60th. Knudsen's score wasn't used toward the team total as only the top four scores are counted.