KSU golfers 10th after one round at National Tournament
John Tillery's 2−over−par 73 set the pace Tuesday afternoon as the Kennesaw State…
Georgia (May 21, 2002) — KSU golfers 10th after one round at National Tournament
HOWEY−IN−THE−HILLS‚ Fla. — John Tillery's 2−over−par 73 set the pace Tuesday afternoon
as the Kennesaw State University Fighting Owls made their debut in the NCAA Division
II Men's Golf Championship.
The Owls‚ ranked 10th in the Precept Coaches Poll and 9th by Golfstat‚ carded a 309 team total on the par−71 layout at Mission Inn Golf & Tennis Resort‚ good enough for 10th place in the 18−team field. Leading the way is CSU−Bakersfield with an 11−over 295‚ one stroke better than USC Aiken. CSU−Stanislaus (297)‚ North Alabama (298) and Rollins College (301) round out the top five.
Kennesaw State struggled with its chipping and putting on a windy day in central Florida‚ but still managed to stay within striking distance of the leaders. Despite their 25−over−par total‚ the Owls are only one stroke out of seventh place and three strokes out of sixth.
"Obviously‚ it came down to our short game today‚ and that's typically an issue of nerves‚" said Jon Dunlap‚ the Owls' first−year head coach. "Guys tighten up over putts because they put pressure on themselves.
"Everybody knows they could have played a few shots better‚" he added‚ "but the conditions were tough. We're sitting in 10th right now. We're content with it; we're just not satisfied."
The only KSU player to crack the top 10 individually was Tillery‚ whose 2−over−par total left him in a four−way tie for ninth‚ four strokes off the lead.
"He's been probably the most consistent guy all year for us‚" Dunlap said. "It's good that he was able to do what he was able to do today. If it wasn't for his round‚ our chances of coming back and winning this thing would pretty much get thrown out the window."
Junior Luke Stephan was second for KSU with a 6−over 77‚ followed by freshman Andrew Allen at 8−over 79. Senior Thomas Baker and freshman Bryan Hume added a pair of 80s for the Owls‚ who continue their national title quest Wednesday morning.
"I'm pleased with the fact that we haven't shot ourselves out of it‚" Dunlap said. "We definitely still have a chance to win a national championship‚ but it's going to take a lot of hard work out of all five guys over the next three days in terms of minimizing mistakes‚ because mistakes pop up extremely quick on this golf course."
Live coverage of the 72−hole tournament can be found online at golfstat.com.
Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚100‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.
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