Men's Golf at NCAA Central Regional Championships

Updated 5/19/2006
Men's Golf Tied for 14th, Wiegand T-17th After First Round of NCAA Central Regional

CHARDON, OHIO -- The Kent State University men's golf team is tied for 14th place after the opening round of the NCAA Central Regional today (May 18) at Sand Ridge Golf Club in Chardon, Ohio. The top 10 teams and two individuals will advance to the NCAA Championship May 31-June 3.

The Golden Flashes opened on the 10th tee in the afternoon and recorded a team total of 296, just four shots behind the 10th place team, Oklahoma. Top-seeded Oklahoma State leads the tournament at 280. Difficult weather conditions in the morning nearly eliminated half the field on the first day, as only SMU (12th) ranks in the top 15 teams among the morning groups.

The rain stopped and the wind died down in the afternoon, improving conditions on the course and leading to improved scoring. The top 10 teams in the standings all teed off after 11:30 a.m.

"I thought the course was a good test for us," said Director of Golf/Head Coach Herb Page. "The greens were surprisingly smooth considering all the rain lately. And the course played long, but it also played soft because of the weather."

Individually, sophomore Tommy Wiegand (Avon Lake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) is tied for 17th place after shooting even par (71) in the opening round, despite a somewhat rough start. He was 3-over par after the first three holes, but recovered with four birdies over the seven holes to get to 1-under. He bogeyed his 17th hole of the day to drop to even, but is just four shots in back of the individual lead.

Wiegand is just one of 24 golfers, in the field of 141 to shoot par or better. Just one of those players made it into the red during the morning.

Sophomore Jarrod Page (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) made the turn at 1-under, but slipped to a 39 on the second nine and finished at 3-over for the round, tied for 51st place. He had four birdies on the day, including the par-3 17th hole where his tee shot landed within inches of the cup.

Sophomore Tom Ballinger (Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield St. Peter's) and junior Marc Bourgeois (Dieppe, New Brunswick/Mathieu-Martin) rounded out the Kent State scoring contingent at plus-4 (75) and plus-5 (76), respectively. Ballinger also got off to a rough start, double bogeying his first two holes of the day and was 6-over after just four holes. However, he responded with four birdies the rest of the way, making the turn at plus-3 and shooting 1-over on the second nine. Bourgeois started solidly, but ran into trouble right before making the turn, posting five bogeys on the middle eight holes.

Senior Ryan Yip (Calgary, Alberta/Reynolds Secondary) carded a 6-over 77, shooting plus-4 after making the turn.

"We got off to a rough start, but I thought we started to settle down on 17 and 18," said Page. "We got a few birdies on 17 and a couple more on 18, but then when we made the turn we didn't play really well on the front nine, other than Tommy Wiegand and Tom Ballinger. We had some opportunities to make some plays and we just didn't."

Ninth-seeded Northwestern is just one stroke behind Oklahoma State at 281. Texas A&M, bolstered by two individuals in the top three, is third at 284.

The other two teams in KSU's pairings today, Lamar and Minnesota, are ranked fourth and sixth respectively.

The Golden Flashes are making their 16th appearance in the NCAA Regional and are looking to advance to the NCAA Championship for the 10th time.

Kent State will tee off from the first tee to open round two beginning at 8:05 a.m. Friday (May 19).

"We knew coming in that we were going to have a quick turn around with the late afternoon start today and an early time tomorrow," Page said. "But, the teams we have to beat are in the same situation as we are and we just have to go out there and play the way we are capable of playing."

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Mahoney tied for Sixth at NCAA Central regional championships

CLEVELAND, Ohio-- Eastern Michigan University senior Korey Mahoney (East Lansing, Mich.-East Lansing) shot two-under par 69 in round one of the 2006 Men's Golf NCAA Central Regional in Chardon, Ohio, Thursday. The competition is being played at the Sand Ridge Golf Club (7,173 yds.). Cleveland State University is the host school for the tournament.

Mahoney, competing as an individual, is tied for sixth place out of 141 student athletes competing at the event. He struggled to start the day with a bogey on the par 4 No. 10 hole (401 yds.) and finished his first nine at three-over. He started his back nine with birdie on the par 4 No. 1 (401 yds.) and went on to shoot a four- under 31 over his final nine holes of the day.

The top 10 teams and two individuals not attached to one of those teams will advance to compete in the NCAA Championships, May 31 through June 3, at Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. Mahoney, the Mid-American Conference's 2006 Golfer of the Year, is scheduled to tee off hole No. 10 at 1:32 p.m. Friday in the second of three rounds in the regional competition.

Oklahoma is the team leader after round one at four-under 280. Northwestern's Chris Wilson is the individual leader after the first 18 holes with a 67.

Mahoney is returning to the Central Regional for the second consecutive season, after placing fourth with a two-under-par 208 (71- 68-69) at last year's regional championships (May 19-21, 2005) in South Bend, Ind. Mahoney is just the third EMU player to ever be selected to the NCAAs. Bob McNiff qualified for the event in 1985, while Marc Dingman made back-to-back appearances in the 1981 and 1982 championships.

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