May 18, 2006
Tucson, AZ - Saint Mary's junior golfer, Chadd Cocco, posted an opening round score of 72 (E) at the 2006 NCAA Men's Golf Western Regional. Cocco made two birdies, had two bogies and 14 pars at the par-72, 7,200-yard OMNI Tucson National Golf Course. Following his even-par round, Cocco is tied for 51st place and six shoots of the pace of first round leader Dustin Pimm from the University of Utah.
Cocco started the day on the back nine and pared the 10th and 11th holes to start the tournament. Cocco then bogeyed the par-3 12th hole to drop to one-over. He would follow the bogey with back-to-back pars before posted a birdie four on the par-5 15th hole. Following three straight pars to end his front nine, Cocco made par on the first hole after making the turn.
Cocco's second birdie of the day came on the par-5 second hole, moving him to 1-under par for after 11 holes. He pared the next three holes before dropping back to even par with a bogey four on the par-3 seventh. Back-to-back pars closed the day for Cocco and a first round score of 72 (E).
On the four par fives, Cocco shot 2-under par, but dropped two strokes on the four par threes. He would post a par on each of the 10 par fours on the course.
Cocco will continue his play in the NCAA Men's Golf Western Regional on Friday and will tee-off on the first hole at 10:02. In order to advance to the NCAA Golf Championships, Cocco will have to be one of the top two individuals in the field that is on the top 10 team in the Western Regional.