Augusta golf struggles in the opening round of the Stanford reginal

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Monday, May 13, 2019

STANFORD, Calif. – Making its 22nd appearance all time in the NCAA Tournament, the Augusta University men's golf team opened play in the NCAA Stanford Regional on Monday and are 12 strokes behind NC State in 13th place.

The tournament is being hosted by Stanford on the par-70, 6,727-yard Stanford Golf Course. The three-day event features the following teams listed in order by their seeding: Arizona State, Stanford, LSU, NC State, North Carolina, South Florida, Kansas, Virginia, Ole Miss, Georgia Southern, UNC Greensboro, Augusta, and Denver.

No. 12 Stanford leads the event by one stroke over UNCG at 6-under-par. Georgia Southern is holding on to third place (-2), No. 26 North Carolina fourth place (E), and No. 36 South Florida and Ole Miss are tied for fifth (+2).

Augusta freshmen Alex van Wyk, Viktor Lindgren, junior Gustav Andersson, sophomore Alex Shead, and senior Adam Walden made up AU’s starting five. The Jaguars were paired with Georgia Southern and UNCG in round one and teed off on hole 10. The Jags combined for a 302 (+22) in the opening round and have two more days to ascend the leaderboard.

Lindgren turned in the best round for the Jaguars with a 2-over 72 – picking up back-to-back birdies on holes 15 and 16 to sit tied for 38th. Andersson shot 76 (+6) with three birdies, while van Wyk and Walden each posted a 77 for AU. Shead signed for a 78 to round out the team.

There are 13 teams and 10 individuals at three regionals and 14 teams and five individuals at the three other regionals. The top five teams in each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships May 17-29 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark. The top individual from non-qualifying teams at each regional will also earn a trip to the finals.