April 3, 1998
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.
The Florida State men's golf team is in first place after the opening round of the U.S. Collegiate Golf Championships at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. The tournament, featuring 11 ranked teams at the top collegiate team from Japan, is being played at the newly-constructed Slammer and Squire Golf Course just outside Jacksonville. The Seminoles lead Oklahoma State by three strokes after firing a team score of 286.
Two Seminole golfers are tied for fourth after the first day of play. Senior George McNeill and sophomore Nathan Bertsch carded rounds of 70 to stand four strokes out of the lead. Jason Pool, coming off back-to-back top 5 finishes, is tied for 12th with an even-par 72. Barry Dyche and Mark Monroe are tied for 17th after opening rounds of 74.
Oklahoma State's Charles Howell leads all competitors after a first-round 66. Two golfers are three strokes out of the lead.
After Oklahoma State, UNLV is five strokes behind the Seminoles and Ohio State is seven out of the lead.
The second round of play, scheduled for Saturday afternoon, will be televised live on ESPN from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. eastern time.
Team Scores (1.) 286, Florida State (2.) 289, Oklahoma State (3.) 291, UNLV (4.) 293, Ohio State (5t) 294, Arizona State (5t) 294, New Mexico
(4t) 70, George McNeill
(4t) 70, Nathan Bertsch
(12t) 72, Jason Pool
(17t) 74, Barry Dyche
(17t) 74, Mark Monroe