May 17, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
There is something to be said for experience, and that's exactly the benefit University of Louisville men's golfer Robin Sciot-Siegrist is receiving this weekend playing at the NCAA Men's Golf Regional at the Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.
Sciot-Siegrist, a true freshman from France, registered a 7-over par 78 Friday in the second round of the NCAA Men's Golf Championships. Playing in his first postseason tournament, Sciot-Siegrist is only going to build off the experience of playing in a tough regional.
Sciot-Siegrist ranks 64th in the player standings with a 77+78=155 score heading into the final round Saturday on the Scarlet Course (par 71, 7,268 yards).
Playing for the first time on one of the more difficult courses in the country, Sciot-Siegrist fired a 6-over par on Thursday. On Friday, Sciot-Siegrist played a similar round that he experienced on Thursday, struggling to gain any consistency.
Starting on the tenth hole after an hour weather delay, Sciot-Siegrist opened with a par, but got behind by recording a pair of bogeys. He played his best hole of the day on the par three 13. He nailed a great dive within a couple feet of the hole and hit his putt for his third birdie of the tournament.
Once again, his success was short-lived as he bogeyed the next two holes. He responded with two pars to end his back nine at 4-over par.
"This is a tough golf course, a very demanding golf course," Mark Crabtree said. "You have to hit so many drives well to set up your holes. A missed fairway here or a missed fairway there, and it can throw you off. He has been a little off. Because of the difficulty of the golf course, it puts a premium on being on your game. It's challenging."
The front side has played a little easier, and Sciot-Siegrist started off on the right foot with a par on one and a birdie on the second hole. After another par on the third hole, Sciot-Siegrist bogeyed the next three holes.
"I thought I played pretty well," Sciot-Siegrist said after his second round on Friday. "I thought strategically I struggled. I hit some shots that I didn't want to hit. I didn't have a lot of luck either. There were four or five examples where things didn't go my way."
Sciot-Siegrist will conclude his rookie season on Saturday morning when he tees off on the tenth hole at 9:20 a.m.
"I just need to try and continue to play better," Sciot-Siegrist said. "The coaches like my strategy, but they know I have missed some shots. I will just continue to use my strategy and hopefully make some more putts."