CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---No. 4 Oklahoma State and No. 11 Florida State are tied for the lead after 18 holes of the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship at The Honors Course hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the club. It is the second time the course has hosted the event (1996).
The Cowboys and Seminoles set a new team course record at The Honors with a five-under par total of 283. No. 1 Oregon lurks one shot back at 284.
No. 16 Arizona State captured the lead in the morning wave tying its own course team record of two-under par 286 from the 1996 championship. Led by Jesper Kennegard's four-under par 68, the Sun Devils got to seven-under par as a team before ending at minus two.
Kennegard was the early leader in the clubhouse, but the afternoon wave found its own scoring touch. Fifty-one players overall shot par or better in the opening round with 12 in the 60s and 35 under par. In contrast, there were a total of eight rounds in the 60's and 44 par or better over 72 holes.
Norlander matched him in the afternoon wave playing his final eight holes at three under to card his 68. There are 10 players tied for third one shot back at 69.
Kennegard and Norlander found different ways to get to 68 today. Kennegard did it quickly getting to five-under through eight holes with an eagle on the par five 17th. He played the par 3s exceptionally well at three under.
Norlander was stronger on his second nine than on his first. He was better on the long holes shooting minus four on the par 5s while evening out on the 4s (+1) and 3s (-1). The duo had two of the five eagles for today and 18 players had five or more birdies.
In 1996, one team (ASU) shot an under par round at the par 72, 7,395-yard tract. Already, there are eight teams below par (288) as No. 3 Texas A&M is in fourth at 285 (-3) followed by the Sun Devils and Clemson in fifth (286) and No. 13 Florida and No. 9 Augusta State tied for seventh (286).
Rain in the area over the past few days made it a bit easier today as soft greens were very receptive to the student-athletes shots. Despite the rain, the course is in excellent condition heading into Wednesday's second round.
Oregon, No. 2 Stanford and Oklahoma State lead the morning wave off at No. 1 Wednesday at 7 a.m. No. 5 Washington, No. 7 Texas and No. 10 Texas Tech are the first teams off of No. 10 beginning at 7:20 a.m.Tee times for the individual leaders are: Norlander (No. 1) at 7:47 a.m., Kennegard (No. 1) at 1:08 p.m.