May 18, 2006
Tucson, Ariz. -
Sparked by six straight birdies to begin his back nine, sophomore Colin Wilcox fired a 5-under par 67 on Thursday and is tied for second place after the opening round of the NCAA West Regional Championships at the par-72, 7,200-yard OMNI Tucson National Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona.
Wilcox' round combined with a 4-under 68 by senior Alex Coe helped the Waves to a 5-under 283 and a tie for seventh place following 18-holes of the 54-hole tournament.
Led by three players shooting 5-under par 67s, Florida is the first-round leader after posting a 15-under par total of 273 to take a six-shot lead over host Arizona. The Wildcats finished with a 9-under par score of 279.
Fresno State is alone in third at 8-under score of 280 while Brigham Young, North Carolina State and Nevada are tied for fourth with 7-under totals of 282. Pepperdine, Stanford and UC Irvine are tied for seventh while Arizona State, East Tennessee State and Loyola Marymount are at 4-under par 284 and tied for 10th place.
The top 10 teams advance to the national championships scheduled for May 31 through June 3 at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.
Utah's Dustin Pimm leads the individual competition after carding a 6-under par 66 to hold a one-shot lead over Wilcox and Florida teammates Matt Every, Billy Horschel and James Vargas.
Coe is part of a group of nine players tied for sixth with 4-under par 68s.
Friday's second round and Saturday's final round can be followed live on the Internet at www.golfstat.com. The Waves are scheduled to begin teeing off at 8:35 a.m. PDT from hole number one and are grouped with Houston and Louisville.