May 14, 1998
DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, SC--The Florida State men's golf team is in a tie for tenth place with East Tennessee State and Louisiana State University after the first round of the NCAA East Regional. The tournament, played at the Melrose Golf Course, features 11 teams from the top 25 and a total of 23 teams. The Seminole team score of 293 is three strokes behind Augusta State University and six back of North Carolina State University.
Junior Mark Monroe leads all Seminole golfers with a two-under par 70 in today's round. Monroe, a native of Springfield, MO, is tied for seventh with four other golfers. Monroe is coming off a week in which in lost in a playoff to qualify for the US Open in June. The first-round 70 also ties Monroe's career low that he fired in the second round of the ACC Championships.
Barry Dyche opened the tournament with a 73 to stand tied for 33rd with several golfers. George McNeill, coming off an All-ACC selection, struggled with a three-over par 75 to be in 62nd place. He is tied with 13 golfers going into the second round. Nathan Bertsch is also tied for 62nd. Jason Pool rounded out the scoring for the Seminoles with an 80.
ACC Player of the Year Matt Kuchar is alone in the lead after a 64 in the first round. Kuchar is four strokes ahead of Bill Sherman of Southeastern Louisiana, James Bunch of NC State and Joey Maxon of Clemson.
Clemson University is four shots ahead of the University of Florida and Georgia Tech after one round. The Tigers carded am eight-under par 280.
The top 11 teams and two individuals qualify for the NCAA Championships at the University of New Mexico Golf Course in two weeks.
The second round of the tournament will take place tomorrow at the Melrose Golf Course.