May 24, 2014
HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The No. 13 UAB men's golf team shot a school-record 282 (+2) in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. A tough start to the second round left the Blazers tied for 18th at +6 overall through 14-16 holes in the second round.
"We had a good round going this morning," said head coach Alan Murray. We kind of leaked oil a bit at the end of the first, beginning of the second round. There was a two hour stretch there where we leaked a lot of oil and gave away a lot of shots, but the guys responded really well. We have about three or four holes left for most of the guys to play. The 10 or 12 holes the guys played after the bad start have given us a chance. At one point we were really out of the tournament with no chance to make the top-eight, but the guys played some good golf and made a lot of birdies. It has given us a chance."
Due to weather delays yesterday, the teams were forced to play the first round and part of the second round on Saturday. The Blazers finished the first round with a 282 (+2) and were 15th heading into the second round.
Although UAB struggled to start the second round and slipped down the leaderboard to as low as 25th, the team rebounded on the second nine and were six-under before the horn signaled the end of play for the day.
"Impatience probably got the better of me on the 15th hole," remarked Murray. "I challenged the guys and they responded. They played really excellent golf and I am proud of them. They dug deep, but we still have holes to play to finish our second round. Hopefully we can squeeze out a couple of birdies. It is a tough day. We played 34-30 holes so it is mentally draining out there."
Junior Paul Dunne, who finished T-3rd at the NCAA regional, is currently T-15 with a 121 (-2) after a strong day on the course. He had five birdies in his first round to record a 66, which ties for his season-best in a single round and is a career-low round at nationals. He made it through 14 holes and is +2 so far in the second round and will tee off from hole No. 6 at 7:00 a.m. CT.
Senior Thomas Sutton was also solid in the first round for the Blazers. He finished even par (70) and recorded three birdies on the day. Sutton followed that up with a 64 (+2) through 16 holes in the second round, which included two birdies on the second nine. He will tee off from the eighth hole at 7:00 a.m. CT to finish the round.
Fellow senior Sam Love closed out the first round strong with birdies on the 17th and 18th holes to finish with a 71 (+1). His 71 was a career-best at the NCAA Championships. In the second round, Love has four birdies so far and has a 63 (+1) with two holes remaining. He will also tee off from the eighth hole in the morning.
Making his first appearance at nationals was sophomore Martin Rohwer. Rohwer finished the first round with a 75 (+5) for the Blazers. He had three birdies, but struggled on the last three holes to end the round.
Rohwer is leading the team in the second round at 61 (-1) through 16 holes. He recorded three birdies on the second nine to help push the Blazers back in contention. He will join Love and Sutton at the eighth hole to finish the second round.
Wrapping up the lineup for UAB was senior Wilson McDonald. McDonald is currently at 144 (+17) through 15 holes in the second round. He finished his first round with a 79 (+9) and has a 65 (+8) so far in the second round.
UAB will finish the second round beginning at 7 a.m. CT on Sunday morning. The team will then have a break before it returns to the course for the third round when the first Blazer tees off at 4:10 p.m. CT from the 10th hole.