May 16, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, FLA. — Sophomore Joseph Winslow shot an even-par 72 to lead the University of Iowa men’s golf team in the first round of the NCAA Southeast Regional here Thursday. The Hawkeyes shot a team total of 299 (+11) and are tied for 11th place following 18 holes of play at the Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club.
Nineteenth-ranked North Florida leads the team standings after shooting 272 (-16) in the opening round. Sixth-ranked Washington is second (276) and 14th-ranked Florida State (277) is third. Forty-third-ranked Oregon, 7th-ranked Georgia Tech and South Florida are tied for fourth (280).
“Obviously, we’re not happy with the score we shot today,” said head coach Mark Hankins. “Some of that is strategy and some of that is just execution. We’ll take what we learned today, apply that for tomorrow, and work to put 5 good scores together tomorrow.
“We were a little competitively rusty for this first round,” added Hankins. “We probably were not as comfortable as we should have been, but you have just one day on the course to prepare and our guys our continuing to get better at that aspect of tournament golf. This course is very unlike what we have played recently; it’s going to take a day or two for us to get going. Today was an eye opener with the scores that were shot and we will need to come out tomorrow with a lot of determination and discipline to shoot a low team score.”
Iowa’s lineup for its fifth straight NCAA regional appearance includes all underclassmen, including one junior, three sophomores and one freshmen. Along with Winslow’s 72, junior Steven Ihm shot 74, sophomore Brian Bullington carded a 76 and sophomore Ian Vandersee and freshman Nate Yankovich each shot 77. Yankovich and Bullington are making their first NCAA Regional appearance.
Iowa started on the back nine and Winslow began his day with five straight pars. He bogeyed his first par-5 of the day, but got back to even with a birdie on the par-5 18th. He birdied a pair of par 4’s on the front, but had bogeys on each of the par 3’s.
“I felt good from the beginning of the round,” said Winslow. “I felt like I was hitting it down the middle, I just needed a few more birdies. My three-wood was really good off the tee; I hit my pitching wedge solid and my eight iron. I felt good on the back nine and played pretty solid the last 11 holes or so.”
“Joe has been real focused the last three or four weeks, and that continued today,” said Hankins. “I don’t think he was happy with even par, but I can tell you that he was up and down around par the entire day. To finish even par, he stayed in there and didn’t hurt himself heading into the second round.”
Ihm played a consistent round, shooting one over par on each side. He birdied each of the par-5’s to go with a bogey and a double bogey on his front nine. He bogeyed his first hole on the back side before ending the day with eight straight pars.
Bullington’s round included a score of 38 on each nine holes. He had three bogeys on his first five holes, before consecutive birdies on his ninth and 10th holes of the day. Bullington added three bogeys on his final nine for the 76.
Vandersee had the most up and down day of the Hawkeye golfers, recording five birdies on his round of 77. He birdied his first hole of the day and added a second birdie on the par-4 16th. On the front nine he birdied holes three, five and six, but suffered double bogeys on four and nine. Vandersee was seven over par on the four par-5 holes on the course.
Yankovich recorded a 40 on his first nine holes, with the lone birdie coming on the par-5 15th hole. He rallied for a 37 on his final nine holes, which included birdies on six and the par-5 ninth hole.
The regional continues with 18 holes of play Friday and concludes with the final 18 holes Saturday. The top five teams advance to the NCAA Championships. The Hawkeyes will tee off in round two beginning at 7 a.m. CT Friday.
“We have to continue to do what we do individually,” said Hankins. “Look at the leaderboard, see where we are and make adjustments. It’s one of three rounds and we need to relax, stay confident and allow ourselves to find the zone.”
Following are the team standings and individual leaders through round one:
Team Result (Par 72)
1. North Florida 272 (-16)
2. Washington 276 (-12)
3. Florida 277 (-11)
4. Oregon 280 (-8)
Georgia Tech 280 (-8)
South Florida 280 (-8)
7. Wake Forest 284 (-4)
Oklahoma 284 (-4)
9. North Carolina State 289 (+1)
Oregon State 292 (+4)
11. Iowa 299 (+11)
San Diego 297 (+11)
13. Loyola-MD 301 (+13)
Individual Results (Top 3 + Iowa)
1. MJ Maguire (N. Florida) 65 (-7)
2. Anders Albertson (GA Tech) 66 (-6)
Chase Seiffert (Fla. State) 66 (-6)
T36. Joseph Winslow (Iowa) 72 (E)
T49. Steven Ihm (Iowa) 74 (+2)
T60. Brian Bullington (Iowa) 76 (+4)
T66. Ian Vandersee (Iowa) 77 (+5)
T66. Nate Yankovich (Iowa) 77 (+5)