May 17, 2007
Tempe, AZ - Freshman Carl Smith carded a 6-under par 66 to help Pepperdine to an opening-round 11-under 277 and a tie for fifth place following the first day of the NCAA Division I Men's West Regional Golf Championships in Tempe, Arziona. LMU's Brian Locke, Saint Mary's Mike McRae, and San Diego's Darrin Hall also competed as individuals in first round action.
The Waves are nine shots behind UCLA, which opened with a 20-under par score of 268 and holds a five-shot advantage over South Carolina (273). Host Arizona State and New Mexico are tied for third at 13-under par 275.
Pepperdine is tied with Stanford and USC in fifth place. The 54-hole tournament began in 90 degree temperatures and soared over 100 degrees while the Waves were on the course during the afternoon.
UCLA's Erik Flores turned in an 8-under par 64 to take the first-round lead in the individual standings. He holds a one-shot lead over New Mexico's Charlie Beljan, who shot a 7-under par 65, and is two shots ahead of Smith, Oregon State's James Allenby, UCLA's Kevin Chappell and California's Michael Jensen, who are tied for third.
For Pepperdine, junior Colin Wilcox shot a 3-under 69 and is tied for 21st, while fellow classmates Jesse Barnsley and Eric Shriver are tied for 55th with 1-under par scores of 71.
LMU's Brian Locke opened the Regional with a 69, tying him for 21st as 39 players posted rounds under 70. Saint Mary's Mike McRae opened with a 2-under par round of 70, while San Diego's Darrin Hall also shot a 70 to tie for 40th after the first round of play.
The top 10 teams from the 27-team regional will advance to the NCAA Championships that will be contested May 30-June 2 at the Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Virginia. Virginia Commonwealth University is the host institution for this year's championships.
Second-round play begins at 8:05 from the 10th hole on Friday. All the action can be followed live on the Internet at www.golfstat.com.