May 17, 2007
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. - The Baylor men's golf team shot a first round 309 to finish at 21-over par after the first round at the NCAA Central Regional hosted by Northern Illinois at Rich Harvest Farms.
Baylor finished the first round in a tie for sixth place overall with Alabama, and only four shots behind fourth-place Tulsa. Louisville leads the tournament at 6-over par.
The Bears have a four-shot cushion over Western Illinois, Minnesota, and Kansas, all tied for the last qualifying spot at 25-over par.
"This is a really tough course as you can tell by the scores," said head coach Greg Priest. "Our guys really hung in there when things weren't going well for them. Chase (Thomas) had a rough start, but held it together and shot our low round of the day. Twenty-one over par isn't a great score when you first look at it, but we got in the clubhouse and were able to watch the other teams, and it turned out to be a pretty good number."
Chase Thomas (Dallas, Texas) leads the Bears after carding a 1-over par 73 in the first round to tie for sixth place overall. Thomas started his round with two bogeys and a double-bogey to fall to 4-over par after his first four holes. The senior then converted four birdies over the next six holes to move back to even par. Bogeys on holes six and eight and a birdie on seven put Thomas at 1-under par on his back nine.
Senior Jeremy Alcorn (Brownwood, Texas) shot 1-under par over his first 11 holes, but then made five straight bogeys (one double) to finish at 5-over par. Alcorn is tied for 35th overall heading into the second round.
Jeremy Frye (Palestine, Texas) used two birdies on the front nine to shoot a 1-over par 37 heading to the turn. The senior then struggled through four bogeys over the last five holes to finish at 6-over par in a tie for 43rd place.
Junior Wes Williams (Franklin, Tenn.) made a double-bogey on No. 4 and a triple-bogey on No. 6 to shoot 7-over on the front nine. Three bogeys and one birdie on the back nine left Williams in a tie for 76th place at 9-over par.
Bill Allcorn (Abilene, Texas) struggled on the front nine, shooting 10-over par 46. He finished the round at 15-over par in a tie for 125th overall.
"We put ourselves in position for tomorrow," said Priest. "We have an afternoon tee time and we want to go out and put up another good score to get in the lead group on Saturday."
Baylor returns to action on Friday as the Bears take part in the second round of the NCAA Central Regional.