Gregson Tied for Fifth at NCAA Regional

ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Kansas State senior men's golfer Mitchell Gregson fired a 1-under par 69 Thursday to tie for fifth place after the first round of the 2010 NCAA Southeast Regional at the par 70, 7,182-yard Crabapple Golf Course.

Gregson, who was tied atop the leaderboard through 17 holes, carded 13 pars and three birdies on the challenging golf course. A bogey on the final hole of his round dropped him to fifth.

"Mitch did everything you need to do to put yourself into a position going forward," head coach Tim Norris said. "It wasn't a great end for him, but he played well. Most of the under-par rounds on this course were on the front nine. The back nine is really difficult. From No. 14 on, it's a lot of golf course, and the hole locations were very difficult. Par was a good score today."

Gregson is just one stroke out of first place behind four other golfers at 2-under par. The Waterloo, Ill., product is one of five participants tied for fifth, but is the top individual after 18 holes that is not on a competing team. Gregson is attempting to qualify for the NCAA Championship and must finish the 54-hole regional as one of the top two golfers not on an advancing team.

Joe Ida, another Wildcat senior competing as an individual, finished the first round tied for 62nd after shooting eight-over par 78.

"Joe didn't get off to a great start, but got closer to par during the middle holes," Norris said. "The finishing holes on this course are really tough."

Oklahoma State led all teams after one round as the Cowboys fired a 2-over par 282. OSU is being chased by Clemson, which carded a 3-over par 283. Host school Georgia Tech sits in third after a 7-over par 287.

Round two of the NCAA Southeast Regional is set for Friday with tee times beginning at 6:30 a.m. (CT) from the No. 1 and 10 holes.

 

NCAA Southeast Regional

Alpharetta, Ga.

Capital City Club - Crabapple Golf Course

Par 70/7,182 yards

Team Scores: 1. Oklahoma State, 282 (+2); 2. Clemson, 283 (+3); 3. Georgia Tech 287 (+7); 4. Georgia Southern, 288 (+8); 5. BYU, 289 (+9); 6. Arizona State, 290 (+10); T7. South Alabama, 292 (+12); T7. Wake Forest, 292 (+12); T7. Furman, 292 (+12); 10. Coastal Carolina, 293 (+13); 11. Arkansas, 296 (+16); 12. Mississippi, 301 (+21); 13. Towson, 308 (+28).

Individuals: T1. Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State, 68 (-2); T1. John Tyler Griffin, Georgia Tech, 68 (-2); T1. Jonathan Randolph, Mississippi, 68 (-2); T1. Robbie Fillmore, BYU, 68 (-2); T5. Mitchell Gregson*, Kansas State, 69 (-1); T5. Scott Pinckney, Arizona State, 69 (-1); T5. Garland Ferrell, Furman, 69 (-1); T5. Dan Obremski, Coastal Carolina, 69 (-1); T5. Logan Blondell, Georgia Southern, 69 (-1); T62. Joe Ida*, Kansas State, 78 (+8).

 * Competing as an individual