STILLWATER, Okla. -- Baylor men's golf is in 22nd place at 6-over-par with play suspended due to darkness during Friday's first round of the 2018 NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club. All five Bears got through 10 holes, and two made it through 14 holes before play was suspended at 8:38 p.m. CT. The first round is scheduled to resume at 7 a.m. Saturday.
With a 30-team field, 15 teams were scheduled to tee off on Friday morning and the remaining 15 on Friday afternoon. Rain delays totaling more than three hours pushed everyone back, and only half the field completed the first round.
No. 33 Northwestern (-8) was eight strokes better than any other team in the morning flight. No. 29 Kent State (E) is second among teams in the clubhouse and eighth overall, which is the cut to advance to match play to determine the national champion. The top 15 teams after Sunday's third round will advance to Monday's fourth and final round of stroke play.
No. 11 Baylor (+6) is tied with No. 9 Auburn (+6) and No. 7 Florida (+6), and those teams are in front of six teams from the morning flight that completed their first rounds -- No. 26 UCLA (+7), No. 18 Arkansas (+8), No. 19 Arizona State (+8), No. 30 Oregon (+8), No. 20 UNLV (+9) and Augusta (+10).
Baylor is led by senior Matthew Perrine, who is tied for 13th place individually at 2-under through 13 holes. The Bears began on the back-9, and Perrine began with a bogey on No. 10, but he quickly got to 2-under with birdies on Nos. 13, 15 and 16. He dropped back to 1-under with a bogey on No. 3, but bounced back with another birdie on No. 4 as play was suspended.
Junior Garrett May sits at 2-over through 10 holes in a tie for 80th place. Junior Braden Bailey and freshman Ryan Grider are tied for 99th place at 3-over, with Grider through 14 holes and Bailey through 12 holes. Sophomore Cooper Dossey sits at 8-over through 13 holes. Four players are tied for the individual lead at 5-under, though only two of those completed their first rounds -- UNLV's Shintaro Ban and Northwestern's Ryan Lumsden.
There are seven Big 12 teams competing in the 30-team field, tied for most of any conference despite only 10 teams in the league, and four of the current top five teams in the standings are from the Big 12. No. 3 Oklahoma is in second place at 5-under through 15 holes, No. 13 Texas Tech is in third at 4-under through 10 holes, No. 1 Oklahoma State is fourth at 3-under through 15 holes and No. 15 Texas is in fifth at 2-under through nine holes. No. 48 Iowa State completed its first round at 2-over, which was third-best in the morning flight, and is currently in 10th place. No. 37 Kansas is tied for 19th place at 5-over through eight holes.
The Bears are making their school-record third consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championship. Baylor qualified by finishing in third place at the NCAA Bryan Regional. Fourth-year head coach Mike McGraw is leading the Bears on a course he knows well, as it was his home course for 16 years while coaching at Oklahoma State.
Baylor returns to Karsten Creek to resume its first round at 7 a.m. CT Saturday. Once the first round is complete, the same pairings will immediately begin their second rounds. Sunday's third round tee times will be set based on standings. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.