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Franklin, Fink Open Well At NCAA Regionals
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
Release: 05/15/2014
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EUGENE, Ore. – Alex Franklin fired an even-par 70 and David Fink shot a 1-over 71 in the opening round of the NCAA West Regionals on Thursday.

The three-day, 54-hole event includes 13 teams and 10 individuals competing at the par-70, 6,990-yard Eugene Country Club.  The low individual, who isn’t on one of the five top teams, will advance to the NCAA Championships at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., which will be held Friday, May 23 to Wednesday, May 28.

Fink and Franklin will play together in Friday’s second round and tee off at 10:23 a.m. off the 10th hole. Steven Kupcho of Northern Colorado will be the third player in the group. Admission to the tournament at the Eugene Country Club is free to the public.

Franklin put himself in position to advance to nationals as he sits only four strokes out of the lead. The lefty from San Rafael, Calif., got out of the gate with a strong start by birdying the par-4, 395-yard first hole and par-3, 228-yard second. He bogeyed the third and fifth holes but carded four straight pars to shoot an even-par 34 going out.

He also started well on the back nine with birdies on the par-4, 401-yard 10th hole and par-3, 183-yard 12th before taking bogeys on the 14th and 16th holes for an even-par 36 coming in. His first-round 70 has him in a tie for 11th place with 36 holes to play.

Fink started his round with four pars but took a bogey on the fifth and seventh holes before dropping his first birdie of the day on the par-4, 485-yard eighth. After a bogey on the par-3 12th hole, he got back-to-back birdies on the par-5, 525-yard 13th and par-4, 405-yard 14th to get back to even.

The Kailua, Hawai’i native had a double-bogey on the 15th hole but closed the round with two pars and a birdie on the par-4, 445-yard 18th to shoot a 1-over 71 for a tie for 14th place. Fink led the Beavers with 15 sub-par rounds this season and has the ability to go low with nine of those scores in the 60’s, including a career-best 6-under 66 and three 5-under 67’s.

Stanford (-4), Oklahoma (E), South Carolina (+6), North Florida (+6) and Oregon (+9) hold down the top five spots after the first round. There are four players ahead of Franklin on the leaderboard who aren’t on one of those five teams, led by Chris Robb of Chattanooga and Kyle Westmoreland of Air Force who each shot a 3-under 67.

* player is participating as an individual rather than as a team member.
Course:Eugene Country Club: NCAA Men's Golf West Regional     Par 70 - 6990 Yards
position player team scoring rounds total
score
current start to par thru today 1
1 -
3 Patrick Rodgers
Stanford -4 F -4 66 66
T2 -
  Chris Robb (10)
Chattanooga -3 F -3 67 67
T2 -
  Kyle Westmoreland *
Air Force -3 F -3 67 67
T4 -
50 MJ Maguire
North Florida -2 F -2 68 68
T4 -
  Will Starke (10)
South Carolina -2 F -2 68 68
T6 -
  David Boote
Stanford -1 F -1 69 69
T6 -
90 Michael Gellerman
Oklahoma -1 F -1 69 69
T6 -
  Byron Meth *
Pacific -1 F -1 69 69
T6 -
  Kyle Pilgrim
Houston -1 F -1 69 69
T6 -
  Beau Titsworth
Oklahoma -1 F -1 69 69
T11 -
  Viraat Badhwar
Stanford E F E 70 70
T11 -
  Alex Franklin *
Oregon State E F E 70 70
T11 -
81 Niklas Lindstrom (10)
Liberty E F E 70 70
T14 -
  David Fink *
Oregon State +1 F +1 71 71
T14 -
  Zach Foushee
Oregon +1 F +1 71 71
T14 -
  Mike Nagy
Tennessee +1 F +1 71 71
T14 -
  Jerry Ruiz (10)
Baylor +1 F +1 71 71
T14 -
  Charlie Saxon
Oklahoma +1 F +1 71 71
T14 -
  Michael Schoolcraft
Oklahoma +1 F +1 71 71
T14 -
2 Cameron Wilson
Stanford +1 F +1 71 71
T21 -
  Louis Cohen Boyer (10)
Wichita State +2 F +2 72 72
T21 -
  Ben Dietrich (10)
South Carolina +2 F +2 72 72
T21 -
  Parker Jones
North Florida +2 F +2 72 72
T21 -
71 Matthew NeSmith (10)
South Carolina +2 F +2 72 72
T21 -
  Austin Padova
North Florida +2 F +2 72 72
T21 -
  Rhys Pugh (10)
ETSU +2 F +2 72 72
T21 -
67 Curtis Reed
Houston +2 F +2 72 72
T21 -
31 Roman Robledo
Houston +2 F +2 72 72
T21 -
  Jonathan Woo
Oregon +2 F +2 72 72
T30 -
  Pete Fernandez *
UC Irvine +3 F +3 73 73
T30 -
93 Oliver Goss
Tennessee +3 F +3 73 73
T30 -
  Liam Johnston (10)
Chattanooga +3 F +3 73 73
T30 -
  Brandon McIver
Oregon +3 F +3 73 73
T30 -
  Maverick McNealy
Stanford +3 F +3 73 73
T30 -
  Adrian Meronk (10)
ETSU +3 F +3 73 73
T30 -
  Sulman Raza
Oregon +3 F +3 73 73
T30 -
  Chandler Rusk (10)
Wichita State +3 F +3 73 73
T30 -
  Owen Taylor *
Sacramento State +3 F +3 73 73
T30 -
  Julian Woodfork
Northern Colorado +3 F +3 73 73
T30 -
  Filippo Zucchetti (10)
Baylor +3 F +3 73 73
T41 -
  Grant Bennett (10)
Wichita State +4 F +4 74 74
T41 -
  Steven Kupcho
Northern Colorado +4 F +4 74 74
T41 -
  Thomas Lim
Oregon +4 F +4 74 74
T41 -
  Chase Marinell (10)
Liberty +4 F +4 74 74
T41 -
  Will Murphy (10)
South Carolina +4 F +4 74 74
T41 -
  Joey Petronio
North Florida +4 F +4 74 74
T41 -
  Caleb Sturgeon (10)
South Carolina +4 F +4 74 74
T48 -
  Mathieu Fenasse (10)
Liberty +5 F +5 75 75
T48 -
  Andreas Gjesteby (10)
Baylor +5 F +5 75 75
T48 -
  Mateusz Gradecki (10)
ETSU +5 F +5 75 75
T48 -
  Taylor Hancock
North Florida +5 F +5 75 75
T48 -
  Niclas Mansson (10)
Baylor +5 F +5 75 75
T48 -
  Ewan Scott (10)
Chattanooga +5 F +5 75 75
T54 -
53 Cody Blick *
San Jose State +6 F +6 76 76
T54 -
  Christopher Hickman (10)
ETSU +6 F +6 76 76
T54 -
30 Kyle Jones (10)
Baylor +6 F +6 76 76
T54 -
  Max Mason (10)
Wichita State +6 F +6 76 76
T54 -
  Ian McConnell (10)
Liberty +6 F +6 76 76
T54 -
  Tyler Torano *
Loyola Marymount +6 F +6 76 76
T60 -
  Wesley McClain
Houston +7 F +7 77 77
T60 -
  Max McGreevy
Oklahoma +7 F +7 77 77
T60 -
  Brandon Rodgers
Tennessee +7 F +7 77 77
63 -
  Danny Keddie
Tennessee +8 F +8 78 78
T64 -
  G. Kristjansson (10)
ETSU +9 F +9 79 79
T64 -
  Ben Krueger
Northern Colorado +9 F +9 79 79
T64 -
  Frederick Wedel *
Pepperdine +9 F +9 79 79
T64 -
  Alex Wennstam *
GRU Augusta +9 F +9 79 79
T68 -
  Davis Bunn (10)
Chattanooga +10 F +10 80 80
T68 -
  Wes Gosselin (10)
Chattanooga +10 F +10 80 80
T68 -
60 James Ross
Houston +10 F +10 80 80
T68 -
  Jack Smith
Tennessee +10 F +10 80 80
72 -
  Conner Barr
Northern Colorado +11 F +11 81 81
73 -
  Jack Cummings
Northern Colorado +12 F +12 82 82
74 -
  Jacob Mast (10)
Liberty +13 F +13 83 83
75 -
  Alec Heinen (10)
Wichita State +14 F +14 84 84
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