CONCORD, N.C. - The Newberry men's golf team posted a 147 on its first nine holes and sat in second at the turn to defending national champion USC Aiken, but struggled on holes one through nine to post an opening-round 308 at the NCAA Atlantic/Southeast Super Regional held at Rocky River Golf Club today.
Hunter Mengel (Stone Mountain, Ga.) fired a one-under on the front nine, and Brian Rush (Duncan, S.C.) was on par after nine holes. Rush finished tied for seventh with a Newberry-best two-over-par on day one. Billy Burrows (Bluffton, S.C.) also made the top 20 with a 15th place finish at +4.
"This is just the first day," head coach Brian McCants said, "and although I'd liked for us to have shot a 295, 308 is not something we can't overcome. The way teams are bunched between 300 and 305, if we can post a number between 290 and 295 tomorrow, we'll be in good shape for Wednesday. All we want is a chance to advance on Wednesday."
USC Aiken had the best team and individual score in the region on the opening day. Coker leads the Atlantic Region with a 295. The teams with the lowest score in each region and the remaining three lowest scores will advance to the national tournament. Newberry is six strokes off the final team who would advance if the tournament had ended today.
Mon. May 1, 2006 - Wed. May 3, 2006
Rocky River Golf Club at Concord, N.C.
Par: 72 Yardage: 6970
Fin Team Score
1 South Carolina-Aiken +2 290
T2 Columbus State U. +14 302
T2 Georgia Coll & St. U +14 302
4 USC Upstate +16 304
5 Armstrong Atlantic U +17 305
6 UNC Pembroke +18 306
7 Newberry College +20 308
8 Lenoir-Rhyne College +25 313
Newberry College +20 161 147 308
T7 Brian Rush +2 38 36 74
T15 Billy Burrows +4 39 37 76
T25 Hunter Mengel +6 43 35 78
T35 Justin Chrisley +8 41 39 80
45 Daniel Lee +16 44 44 88