May 16, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Playing in the NCAA Golf Regional for the first time can be a difficult endeavor for any experienced college golfer, so imagine how trying it was for University of Louisville freshman Robin Sciot-Siegrist in his first post-season appearance.
Sciot-Siegrist had to battle one of the toughest courses he has ever faced on Thursday morning at The Ohio State University Golf Club. An All-BIG EAST Conference selection, Siegrist shot a six-over par 77 under solid playing conditions. Qualifying as one of the 10 individuals, Siegrist posted the eighth-highest score of any individual, which places him in a tie for 53rd place.
"I thought I hit the ball very well," Sciot-Siegrist said after his first round of action. "I liked the pace on my putting. I really tried not to make stupid decisions and I think I accomplished that this morning."
Starting off on the on the first hole, Sciot-Siegrist parred the hole and went on to par the next two holes to sit at even after three holes. He secured his first birdie on the 575-yard par five to move to 1-under. His success was short-lived as he bogeyed the fifth hole.
After a pair of pars, Sciot-Siegrist birdied eight and bogeyed nine to make the turn at even par.
The back nine is where Sciot-Siegrist's round went south. After scoring a par on the tenth hole, Sciot-Siegrist bogeyed the 11th and 12th holes. He dropped to 4-over par when he double bogeyed 14 and bogeyed 15. After a par on 16, Sciot-Siegrist dropped a stroke on 17 to drop to 6-over par.
"I'm not stressed out or anything like that," Sciot-Siegrist said. "I'm here to do something good. I'm not stressed out because it's the regionals. I just want to continue to play well."
Sciot-Siegrist will begin his second round on the 10th hole at 10 a.m. and will need to gain some ground on his competitors if he is going to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Ga.
"I was really bad on making putts from eight to 15 feet which was very important today," Sciot-Siegrist said. "I'm going to work on that and try to get better at it. I need to get better on the last five or six holes. I think they are pretty hard so I need to do a better job on those holes."