Eagle on 16 Gives Elmes Even First Round

May 14, 2018

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STOCKTON, Calif. – The NCAA Men’s Golf Championships are underway with its six regional tournaments. Loyola Marymount’s Riley Elmes sits in a 10-way tie for 27thin the Stockton Regional after shooting at opening-round 72 on Monday.

 

“The golf course was in perfect shape,” said Assistant Coach Rory DeWan, who is working with Elmes throughout the regional. “Except for a steady wind of 10-15mph,  we had scoring conditions.”

 

Elmes capitalized with an eagle on 16 to get back to even, and closed out the round with pars on 17 and 18. The junior was also able to get himself back down to even with birdies on the fourth and eleventh holes. Elmes sunk one of the 11 eagles the Reserve at Spanos Park saw in the round.

 

Elmes did his best work on Par 5’s to open the regional, shooting 2-under on such holes.

 

“Riley hit the ball great from tee to green, but the putts were not dropping,” said DeWan. “He stayed patient though, and made a clutch eagle on 16 to get him back to level par. Going into round two, we will attack the golf course the same way, and fire something under par.”

 

Kansas’ Daniel Sutton, Stanford’s Brandon Wu, and UC Davis’ Ryan Han hold the early lead after each shooting 5-under on Monday. On the team side, Iowa State holds a three-stroke lead at 10-under over Kansas.

 

The second round will begin teeing off at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with Elmes scheduled to begin at 9:42 a.m. from the first tee.

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