Men's Golf sits in 13th place through round one of NCAA Championships
May 31, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. -Texas freshman Toni Hakula shot a 1-over 73 to pace the Longhorns Tuesday in round one of the 2011 NCAA Championships at Oklahoma State's Karsten Creek Golf Club (par 72, 7,416 yards).
The Longhorns finished round one of the 30-team event in 13th place after finishing with an 11-over 299 on the day. Georgia Tech leads through the opening round at 5-under par, and UCLA is in second place at 2-under par. Alabama is in third place at even-par, and Texas A&M is in fourth place at 1-over par. Illinois, Georgia and Ohio State are tied for fifth place at 3-over par. Individually, Georgia Tech's James White leads at 5-under par.
The top-eight teams through three rounds of stroke play will advance to the match-play rounds on Friday. The national champion will be crowned on Sunday, June 5 when the match pitting the final two teams is decided. The NCAA individual champion will be crowned on Thursday pending the conclusion of the final stroke-play round.
Hakula (Espoo, Finland), competing in his first career round at the NCAA Championships, put together a 1-over 73 highlighted by a one-under par effort on the back nine. Hakula sank consecutive birdies at the 13th, 14th and 15th holes and finished the day tied for 34th place. Junior Dylan Frittelli (Pretoria, South Africa) sank birdies at the fourth and sixth holes and carded a 3-over 75 in round one. Frittelli is tied for 64th place heading into round two.
Sophomore Cody Gribble (Dallas, Texas) scattered birdies at the first, sixth, 11th and 13th holes en route to a 3-over 75. Gribble joins Frittelli in a tie for 64th place. Sophomore Julio Vegas (Maturin, Venezuela) birdied the 17th and 18th holes and finished with a 4-over 76 for the round. Vegas is tied for 75th place. Senior Bobby Hudson (Memphis, Tenn.) birdied the first and last holes of the day and ended the round with a 5-over 77. Hudson is tied for 90th place heading into round two.
Texas tees off in the second of three stroke-play rounds on Wednesday at 8:10 a.m. Central.
On Toni Hakula's round
On how the course set-up differs from last fall's PING Preview at Karsten Creek
2011 NCAA Championships - Karsten Creek Golf Club