COLUMBUS, OHIO – Battling many of the NCAA's top squads, as well as a lightning delay that halted play for nearly an hour and a half, the Jacksonville University men's golf team began action at the 2018 NCAA Columbus Regional on Monday.
The No. 10 seed Dolphins shot 16 over, 300 on their first-ever round at the par 71, 7364-yard Scarlet Golf Course at The Ohio State University, tying No. 9 Louisville for eighth place out of the 13-team field.
One of two members of the team's five-man squad to return to NCAA postseason play, senior No. 39 Raul Pereda birdied on the 12th and 17th holes to shoot +1 72 on the day, concluding round 1 in a tie with four other competitors for 13th place.
No. 1 seed Oklahoma State and No. 4 UNLV were the only two teams to finish the tournament's first round under-par, carding -3, 281 and -2, 282 respectively. Representing Big Ten champion No. 2 Illinois, who holds third place (even, 284), sophomore Michael Feagles leads all individual players, after shooting -3, 68.
Of the 13 teams competing in the Buckeye State, which hosts one of the six NCAA Regional events currently taking place, only the top five will advance to the 2018 NCAA Championship in Stillwater, OK, May 25-30.
Jacksonville returns to action for day 2 of the 2018 NCAA Columbus Regional on Tuesday, May 15. Paired with Wake Forest and Louisville, the 'Phins will tee off from hole 1 beginning at 8:25 a.m.
Live stats will be available on GolfStat.com.