May 15, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. -
Play at the first round of the NCAA Regional was delayed for over an hour due to rain in the area, but it didn't stop the University of Louisville men's golf team from getting off to a solid start Thursday at the par 72, 7,254-yard at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala.
Swirling winds and a wet golf course greeted the players on Monday, which caused scores to skyrocket, but after one round the young Cardinals are right where they need to be heading into Friday's second round.
The Cardinals, who qualified for the regional for the first time since 2009, shot 297 to sit in three-way tie for fifth place after one round of regional action.
The Cardinals are 10 shots behind the leader Alabama, who was the only school under par, shooting 1-under par 287. However, more importantly, Louisville tied for fifth place, which is the spot the Cardinals need to be at to advance to the NCAA Championships.
Texas is second at 5-over par and Auburn is third at 6-over par. Colorado is in fourth at 8-over par, but Kennesaw State and North Carolina Greensboro are tied with Louisville.
"This was a tough golf course today," head men's golf coach Mark Crabtree said after Thursday's round. "It was different from the practice round we played because the wind had shifted in a different direction. I thought we got off to a solid start. You have to give credit to Robin (Sciot-Siegrist) how he played today. You have to have one or two guys step up if you are going to advance."
The story of the day belonged to Louisville sophomore Robin Sciot-Siegrist, who was an all-conference selection this year and was playing in his second regional after qualifying as an individual last season. Sciot-Siegrist leads the regional after shooting a 3-under par 69 to lead Auburn's Niclas Carlsson, who shot a 2-under par 70 to sit in second place.
Sciot-Siegrist showed his post-season experience by leading overall recording birdies on two of the first four holes. He birdied the second hole and also the fourth hole. He converted sixth consecutive par before bogeying No. 11. He ended the round by recording birdies on No. 15 and No. 18.
"I wasn't nervous or stressed out this morning," Sciot-Siegrist said. "I think my experience in the regional last year helped me out today. I didn't hit the ball as good as usual, but I was very straight and was near the pins. I missed a lot of puts."
It looked grim for the Cardinals, who were 13 shots over par late on Thursday, but the Cardinals recorded four birdies to get to 9-over par.
Freshman Robert Geibel fired a 3-over par 75 and is tied for 28th place, while Antoine LeSaux shot a 4-over par 76 to stand in a tie for 38th place. J.D. Lehman fired a 5-over par 77 to end the day in 46th place and Max Walz shot an 82.
"I want to do the same," said Sciot-Siegrist. "I'm tied for first in a regional and that's pretty cool. I just need to play the same way like I did today and I should be great. It would be great if the team all played well tomorrow."
Second round action at the Auburn Regional will begin at 9 a.m. from the Auburn University Club. Check www.golfstat.com for live updates of Friday's second round of play.