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For Immediate Release: May 19, 2011
Contact: Kevin Solan (sports1@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Katz fires 4-over-par 76 in opening round of NCAA Regionals
Senior standout is BU's first NCAA individual competitor in school history

First Round Results

RADFORD, Va. -- Senior golfer Jake Katz posted a 4-over-par (76) in the opening round of the NCAA Regionals Thursday at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech, a par-72 layout played at roughly 7,400 yards. Katz's first round total places him in the middle of the pack (T-36) out of 75 total competitors.

National powerhouse Georgia Tech, ranked No. 5 in the country, leads the team competition after tallying a 289 in the first round. Yellow Jackets member Kyle Scott leads all individuals with a 4-under-par 68.

Katz, who earned Binghamton's first individual bid to the NCAA Regionals in school history, played extremely consistent over the first 13 holes as he carded seven pars, three birdies and three bogeys. He was 2-over through his first five holes, but registered all three of his birdies during a run that bridged the latter portion of the front nine and the first two holes of the back side. Katz rolled in a 35-foot downhill putt from the back right of the green at the par-3 seventh to kick start a momentum swing. At the 599-yard par-5 ninth, Katz poured in his second birdie in three holes after making an eight-foot putt. Following a par on No. 10, Katz carried his second shot to the back fringe on No. 11 and coverted a 20-foot downhill putt to return to even.

The two-time America Sky Player of the Year normally features precise iron play and excels in hitting greens to the tune of a 77.5 percentage, tabbed third nationally. However, with a smidge wind in his face over the final five holes, Katz missed a few greens and subsequently bogeyed four of his last five holes after not being able to get up-and-down.

"He drove the ball really good but unfortunately his iron play let him down," head coach Bernie Herceg said. "He was just off his iron game a little bit and it hurt him down the stretch. This course can be very penal if you miss greens as its very difficult to get up and down. However, he didn't post any big numbers and he putted very well up through No. 14. We'll work some things out on the range and he'll be ready to go tomorrow."

The Virginia Tech region features 13 teams and 10 individuals vying for five team spots and one individual not on a qualifying team to advance to the NCAA Finals.

For the next two days, the individual competitors will start on the back side. Katz will begin Friday's round at 10:10 a.m. off No. 10.

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