Men's Golf 20th After Round 1 at NCAA Regional

Results Through Round 1 (PDF)

Friday Tee Times

TEMPE, Ariz. - So this is what it means to play against the best in the biggest tournament of the year.

The Penn men's golf teamshot even par as a team Thursday at theNCAA West Regional,scoring 288on the par-72 Arizona State University Karsten Golf Club. It was the second-best round the Quakers put together this season as a team with relation to par, bettered only by a 2-under par round at the George Washington Invitational, which they won.

Penn is 20th at this tournament.

An astounding 19 teams bested par on the day, and 73 golfers -- out of 141 total -- finished with a red number.

UCLA leads the 27-team field at 20-under par 268, followed by South Carolina which is 15-under par (273). The Quakers are three strokes behind Denver and Wake Forest, both of which are tied at 3-under par 285.

Individually, freshman Chance Pipitone led the way for the Quakers; he picked up from his runner-up finish at the Ivy League Championships with a 5-under par 67 Thursday. That placed him in a tie for seventh overall

Sophomore Michael Blodgett finished at even par, shooting 72 which put him in a tie for 74th, while junior Nick Ryder carded a 2-over par 74 and is tied for 99th. Senior Sean Barrett and junior Dean Merrill both shot 75, good for 3-over par, and both are tied for 108th place.

UCLA's Erik Flores is the leader in the clubhouse after Thursday's scorching round; he carded a 64 (8-under par) and is one stroke ahead of second-place Charlie Beljan from New Mexico.

The tournament continues Friday and concludes Saturday, with the teams playing one round each day. The top 10 teams and two individuals from teams not qualifying from this tournament will advance to the NCAA Championships in Williamsburg, Va.

On Friday, Penn's players will tee off from 12:29 to 1:07 p.m. (3:29 to 4:07 p.m. Eastern) from the 10th tee with players from Nevada and Denver.

Download: NCAA Day 1.pdf