|Posted May 7, 2012|
Pack within shooting distance after one round
ThunderWolves are five strokes behind CSU-Monterey Bay, threshold to qualify for nationals.
LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. (GoThunderWolves.com - May 7, 2012) - Seeking its second straight trip to the NCAA Division II National Golf Championships, the ThunderWolves started strong Monday at the Central/West Super Regionals, shooting a 7-over-par 295 after one round of play.
The Pack currently sits in seventh place in the 20-team field, and is 22 strokes behind leader Chico State.
The top five finishing squads earn trips to the National Golf Championships. The current fourth-place squad, Cal State-Monterey Bay, is currently just five strokes ahead of the ThunderWolves. CSUMB shot a first-round 290.
The Pack was led by James Berry (Jr., Traverse City, Mich.), who shot a first-round 69 to play himself into a three-way tie for sixth place overall. The top two individuals not associated with a qualifying team also qualify individually for nationals, and as a result, if the tournament ended today, Berry would be tied for that final individual spot.
Chad Novak (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) shot an even-par 72 in the first round, the second-lowest round by a ThunderWolf. The Pack's fivesome was rounded out by Ricco Tapia (Jr., Raton, N.M.), (4-over 76, 52nd place), Matt Porter (RFr., Castle Rock, Colo.), (6-over 78, 76th place), and Scott Wyers (Sr., San Diego, Calif.) (7-over 79, 84th place).
The Pack will pick up tomorrow with second-round action of the three-round regional tournament.