Kentucky’s men’s golf team was in third place after the first round of the NCAA regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Monday. The top five teams from each of six regions will advance to the NCAA Championships next week.
UK freshman Lukas Euler, a native of Germany, shot a team-best 2-under par 70 and was tied for fifth on the individual leaderboard. Junior Stephen Stallings (St. Xavier) shot a 71 while sophomore Tyler “Chip” McDaniel (Clay County) turned in an even-par 72.
“You cannot win it on the first day, but you can lose it,” Coach Brian Craig said. “We got off to a good start today. Lukas and Stephen really played well and led the way. We just need to keep battling and focusing on our own games. There is a long, long ways to go in this event.”
Fifth-ranked Georgia was in first place at 4-under par as a team, followed by South Carolina (-1), the Cats (even par), UNLV (+2), Alabama (+4) and Auburn (+6).
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A Louisville was tied for third at 12-over par after the first round of its NCAA regional in Stillwater, Okla. Oklahoma State was the only team under par (-3), and Oklahoma was second at 4 over.
Keegan de Lange opened with a team-best, even-par 72 for the Cardinals, and Robin Sciot-Siegrist shot a 73.