LakePoint, Ga. - Following the opening round at the NCAA Regionals, North Florida posted the best result of the three ASUN Conference Men's Golf teams competing at regionals this year. The Ospreys sit inside the top-five at the Norman Regional, while Kennesaw State and Jacksonville have some work to do heading into tomorrow's second round. The top-five teams at each regional site advance to the National Championship in Stillwater, Okla. later this month.
The Ospreys got great performances from Andrew Alligood and Travis Trace to lead the team in the opening round of the Norman Regional. As team, North Florida shot an even-par score of 288 and currently sit in a tie for second place on the team leaderboard. Alligood, a First Team All-Conference performer, posted a two-under-par round of 70 that featured four birdies. His teammate Trace posted the exact same score, carding three birdies on the day. Both are tied for fourth on the individual leaderboard heading into round two. Dillon Woods produced a very solid round as he finished at 73 (+1), while Michael Mattice rounded out the scoring for the Ospreys with a 75 (+3) in round one. The Ospreys took advantage of the Par 5 holes at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club as they finished with a 4.89 stroke average as a team. They were over par on Par 3 and Par 4 holes in the opening round. The Ospreys hold a four-stroke advantage over UMKC, who sits in sixth place after the opening round. They are also five strokes behind Oklahoma, who leads the field with a 283 (-5) opening round score.
Kennesaw State finished its opening round in ninth place at the Pacific Regional in Stockton, Calif. on Monday. Connor Coffee shot the best round of the day for the Owls with a one-under-par 71, while Pablo Torres finished his day with an even-par round of 72. Jake Fendt, a First Team All-Conference selection, closed in a flurry as he finished with three-straight birdies to salvage a 75 (+3). Wyatt Larkin shot a 74 (+2), while Brady Keran posted a 75 (+3) to round out the Owls' performances on Monday. Kennesaw State's 292 total sits seven strokes behind the fifth-place spot, occupied by Stanford currently.
Jacksonville shot an opening round of 300 and sits in a tie for eighth place at the Columbus Regional. Raul Pereda posted the team's best individual round of the day as he shot a 73 (+1) on the Scarlet Course. ASUN Freshman of the Year, Michael Sakane finished with a 76 (+5) the same score as Sam Uhland and Eduardo Carrete. The Dolphins combined for only five birdies on the day with Pereda and Carrete carding two birdies each. Uhland carded one birdie on his round. Jacksonville sits seven shots behind the fifth place spot, currently occupied by Penn State, with Northwestern sitting in fourth place only one shot ahead of the Nittany Lions.