May 20, 2010

Texas Has 3-Stroke Lead After Day 1

Gribble Ties Collegiate Course Record With 64

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Day one of the NCAA Men’s Golf Regional at The Course at Yale produced four sub-par team scores while 17 players finished below par (70) on a sun-drenched, breezy day.

The eyes of Texas - and golf fans in the Nutmeg State - are upon the team and individual leader board.  University of Texas freshman Cody Gribble, ranked 32nd in the country, leads the pack at -6. The lefthander from Dallas was four under on the front side and two under par on the back to finish at 64, which tied the collegiate course record established by Hartford’s Tim Petrovic (1987), who just happened to have worked out with the Longhorns in recent years.

Gribble’s No. 7 ranked Longhorns have the team lead after firing a 274 (-6), three shots better than Penn State and Kent State. East Tennessee State (278) was the other school under par on Yale’s famous venue.

“I was taking one shot at a time and being patient. There was never a chance of making a high number, which is very important here,” said Gribble, who sank a 35-foot putt on No. 8 for birdie but may have been more thrilled just to par the famous No. 9 after landing his tee shot in the deep swale and two-putting. “I was stroking it well, my speed was good… just a relaxing day.”

Gribble’s 64 was one shot off the overall course record set by Jon Christian during the 1992 Ben Hogan New Haven Open.  He has a one-stroke lead over East Tennessee State’s Rhys Enoch (65) and is two better than Liberty’s Robert Karlsson (66) after 18 holes of the three-day regional.

“This course is a great test of golf with great greens. I’ve never seen greens this big in my entire life. You have to putt well,” said Gribble, who tees off Friday for the second round on hole No. 1 at 9:50 a.m.

No. 6 UCLA, the top seed at this regional, came in at 282, eight strokes behind the Longhorns.

The toughest hole of day one was the par-3 No. 13 which produced 27 bogeys and just six birdies among the 75 players. The par-5 No. 16 had the most (34) birdies and the fewest (4) bogies. The No. 1 rated hole on The Course at Yale, the par-4, 437-yard beauty, gave up six birdies, handed out 20 bogeys and saw a round-high of four double-bogeys.

The second round, which should get the same great weather, begins on Friday with an 8 a.m. tee time.This is a three-round event scheduled to end on Saturday afternoon. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional advances to the finals.The finals will be conducted June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the host institution for this year's championships.

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recap and photo of Texas' Cody Gribble filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director