‘Cats Golf 4th After Day One of Palm Beach Regional; Garewal T-6th
DAVIDSON, N.C. – After a slow start to its opening round, Davidson finished strong posting a five-over 293 to sit alone in fourth place at the 2022 NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Men’s Golf Regional, which is being played on the PGA National Resort Champion layout.
The 14-team field features eight teams ranked nationally by GolfStat, including three currently inside the Top-15.
Led by senior all-conference performer Viraj Garewal, who is just two off the individual lead following a two-under 70, the Wildcats made the turn in 8-over before playing their inward nine 3-under as a team.
Garewal’s scorecard featured five birdies, one bogey and a double.
Sitting at 5-over after three holes, classmate Clayton Tribus played his final 15 holes in 3-under to sign for a 74.
Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Will Davis also shot a 74 (+2) in his NCAA Regional debut, while Ethan Hall posted a 75 and Alex Heffner signed for an 81.
The site’s top seed, No. 3 Vanderbilt (285 | -3), was the only team to card a sub-par round as the Commodores lead No. 40 South Florida (+2) by five and No. 15 Notre Dame (+4) by seven shots.
Davidson is one clear of No. 10 Florida and College Charleston as just 13 strokes separate the leaders and New Mexico, which is currently ninth.
UNCG’s Nick Lyerly (-5) birdied his final hole to grab the individual lead by one over Harrison Ott (Vanderbilt), Taichi Kho (Notre Dame) and Sam Nicholson (South Florida).
Tuesday’s second round will begin at 7:30 a.m. Davidson will be paired with Florida and College of Charleston with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. off the 10th tee.
About the NCAA Men’s Golf Tournament
Each of the six regionals will be contested on May 16-18.
Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will be selected to compete at three regionals while the other three regionals will feature 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. Thirty teams and six individuals not on those qualifying teams will then advance to the national finals.
The 2022 championship will be played at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, from May 27 to June 1.