Release: May 19, 2011
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fires 4-over-par 76 in opening round of NCAA Regionals
standout is BU's first NCAA individual competitor in school history
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
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.