Originally created 05/20/05

Jaguars third in Central Region



SOUTH BEND, Ind. - After waiting out a rain delay of nearly three hours, the Augusta State men's golf team started strong at the NCAA Central Regional, standing in third place in the first round of play Thursday.

Twelve of the 30 teams - including the Jaguars - did not complete their rounds and will return to the course at 6:45 this morning. The second round is scheduled to begin just after 7.

Tulsa leads the field at 1-over, but has several holes remaining. Top-seeded Oklahoma State is 2-over, and Augusta State is 3-over.

Only Kalle Edberg is left on the course for the Jaguars, and he has just one hole to play. He stands eighth overall at even par.

Major Manning shot 1-under-par 69 for Augusta State, which also got 72 from Scott Jamieson, 73 from Emmett Turner and 74 from Mike Keast.

The top 10 teams from the regional advance to the NCAA Championships in June at Caves Valley outside Baltimore.

EAST REGIONAL: In Kingston Springs, Tenn., Georgia is in third place in the rain-delayed first round at the Golf Club of Tennessee.

Brendon Todd's 5-under-par 66 led the Bulldogs to an opening score of 9-under 275. Wake Forest is the clubhouse leader at 271, while North Carolina is still on the course but is 10 under.

Former South Aiken standout Kevin Kisner shot 72 for the Bulldogs. In the team standings, Georgia State is fourth, Georgia Southern is sixth, and Clemson and Georgia Tech are tied for 10th.

WEST REGIONAL: In Stanford, Calif., Eirik Johansen is tied for 12th after opening with even-par 70 for South Carolina, which is tied for 10th after the first round.

Brigham Young leads the field at 2-under-par 278 at Stanford Golf Course, while the Gamecocks are at 9-over-par 289. Former South Aiken standout Alex Hamilton opened with 74 for the Gamecocks.

DIVISION I WOMEN: In Sunriver, Ore., Anna Grzebien shot a tournament-best 6-under-par 65 to help top-ranked Duke take an eight-stroke lead over Auburn with one round left.

Duke, nine strokes behind Auburn and Pepperdine after the second round, shot 6-under-par 278 - counting the top four scores from the five-player squad - to finish at 21-over 873 on the Sunriver Resort's Meadows course. The Blue Devils, the 1999 and 2002 champions, won the NCAA Fall Preview in September at Sunriver.

Grzebien, a sophomore from Narragansett, R.I., who won the NCAA East Regional two weeks ago for her first college title, offset an opening bogey with seven birdies to top the individual standings at even-par 213. Duke teammate Brittany Lang (68) and UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas (73) were four strokes back at 4 over.

Defending champion UCLA was third in the team race at 30 over.