June 1, 2010
Ooltewah, TN - The 25th-ranked USD Toreros went out in the morning round with 14 other NCAA participants and turned in a team score of 294 (+6). At the completion of day one for all 30 teams , that score put the Toreros in the middle of the pack in a tie for 16th with Baylor, UNLV and UCLA. Oklahoma State and Florida State are tied at the top at 283 (-5). The Toreros find themselves just 7 strokes back of the coveted 8th place spot, currently held by Augusta State (287). The top eight teams after 54 holes of stroke play advance to the Match Play format.
Sophomore Alex Ching (Honolulu, HI), who tied for 13th overall at last year's Nationals, carded an impressive 3-under-par 69 on The Honors Course (par 72; 7,395 yards). He turned the corner at 33 after birdies on holes 2, 6 and 7. After a bogey at the par-4 10th hole, he added a birdie on the par-5 17th to finish at 69. Ching's score was only bettered by two players - ASU's Jesper Kennegard and Augusta State's Henrik Norlander, both with 68's. Nine other players in the field matched Ching's opening round 69.
Ching was followed by teammates Kenneth McCready (74), Gunner Wiebe (75), Jason Shano (76) and Scott Brace (79). McCready matched Ching's total of 4 birdies, but also carded 2 bogeys and 2 doubles.
"I think for the first round we did exactly what we needed to do," said head coach Tim Mickelson. "We did not shoot ourselves out of it, but we did not play our best round of golf. We plan to play our best either tomorrow or Thursday. I think the best thing that we did was that we stayed patient. We had a couple of double bogeys we had to count. We had a triple bogey we had to count. Anytime you have a kid like Alex Ching shoot 3-under par on this course, it will help your team score quite a bit. He was actually leading this tournament with one round to go last year. This (The Honors Course) is a great track. You guys can host any tournament in the world that you want here. We definitely feel welcome here, which is a nice thing."
For complete results, visit www.golfstat.com. On Wednesday the Toreros will tee off beginning at 12:12 p.m. (ET) from the 10th hole with players from Kent State and TCU.