Erie, Colo.----Challenging weather conditions delayed the start and eventually forced suspension of first-round play at the NCAA Colorado Regional men's golf championship.
One of seven teams unable to complete 18 holes when thunderstorms forced players to shelter, San Jose State University was tied for ninth place in the 13-team field. The Spartans were five-over par on the par 72, 7,758-yard Colorado National Golf Club course.
"On a day like this, you have to keep your heads together. The mature team plays its game. The weather changed so much whether you were playing first in your group or last in your group. We got the brunt of the weather. It could be completely different tomorrow," said San Jose State coach John Kennaday. Players with early tee times were in 38-degree windy weather that felt like 31 degrees with the wind chill.
"We didn't light it up, but we're not out of it. I'm comfortable with the way we started. Scores always can be better. There is a lot of golf left to be played and we'll be fine."
Senior Mark Hubbard topped the San Jose State leaderboard at even par with three holes remaining. Four birdies over an eight-hole stretch put the Denver, Colo., native three-under par before a bogey on the 4th hole and a double-bogey on the 6th hole, his final hole of the day, left him at level par.
Junior Matthew Hovan and freshman Daniel Semmler each were at one-over par. Semmler struggled early with two bogeys in his first four holes. Hovan was as low as two-under after 11 holes before bogeys on holes 3, 5, and 6 matched him with Semmler.
Junior Jay Myers had just one birdie for his first 16 holes and was three-over par with two holes to play. Freshman Justin Estrada was the only Spartan to complete 18 holes. He closed a rough round going birdie-par-par for an 80.
Number-one ranked Oklahoma State finished its round and is the leader in the team competition at 12-under par 276. Auburn at 280 and Arizona State at 282 are in the clubhouse under par. Colorado State is fourth, five-under par with four players that did not finish 18 holes. Clemson holds the important fifth position at one-over par 289. The top five teams in the 54-hole championship advance to the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla.
Weather permitting, the first round will resume Friday, May 20 and second round action commences at 10:30 a.m. (MDT).
Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.
Results from the Club NCAA Colorado Regional Championship
Colorado National Golf Club, Erie, Colorado
Par 72, 7,758 yards
|1. Oklahoma State||276||-12|
|3. Arizona State||282||-6|
|4. Colorado State||-5|
|9. San Jose State||+5|
|12. New Mexico State||+7|
|13. North Florida||+17|
|Sean Einhaus, Oklahoma State||66|
|Niclas Carlsson, Auburn||67|
|T.J. Mitchell, Georgia||69|
|Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State||69|
|Scott Pinckey, Arizona State||69|
|San Jose State Scores|
|Daniel Semmler, Matthew Hovan||+1|