Men's Golf in Fifth after Day One at Norman Regional

Blake Abercrombie is tied for fourth individually after round one of the NCAA Norman Regional.
Blake Abercrombie is tied for fourth individually after round one of the NCAA Norman Regional.
May 14, 2018

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NORMAN, Okla. -- The San Diego State men's golf team remains in fifth place at the NCAA Norman Regional after posting a combined 2-over-par 290 on Monday during the opening round at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.

With their score, the Aztecs maintain a three-shot advantage over a pair of sixth-place squads in UMKC (+5) and Florida State (+5), heading into Tuesday's second round on the par-72, 7,452-yard course layout.

Following three rounds of regional play, the top five teams in the Norman Regional will advance to the NCAA championship series, set for May 25-30 in Stillwater, Okla.

Host Oklahoma was the lone team to record a collective red figure Monday, shooting a 5-under 283 on its home course, while Auburn, Arkansas and North Florida are all tied for second at even-par 288, followed by SDSU.

Individually, the Aztecs were paced by senior Blake Abercrombie (Rocklin, Calif.), who finds himself in a seven-way tie for fourth place after firing a 2-under 70. The SDSU senior got off to a shaky start with three bogeys on his first four greens, but played spot-free golf the rest of the way, tying for the team lead with five birdies. Among his conversions was a successful make on the par-5, 594-yard No. 13, which marked the Scarlet and Black's lone drain at that location on Monday.

With his total, Abercrombie, sits three shots behind front-runner Blaine Hale of Oklahoma (-5), while fellow Sooner teammate Quade Cummins and Arkansas' William Buhl are tied for second at 3-under.

In addition, senior PJ Samiere (Kailua, Hawaii) ended the day in a tie for 11th after carding a 1-under 71. The two-time all-Mountain West performer collected four birdies of his own, including an impressive conversion on his finishing hole at the par-5, 586-yard No. 18 after making bogey on the 15th and 17th greens.

Elsewhere, Trevor Norby (Carlsbad, Calif.) is tied for 28th through 18 holes thanks to an opening-round 74. The Aztec redshirt sophomore notched two birdies, including a successful drain on the par-4, 445-yard No. 11, which ranked as the third-toughest hole on Monday. However, four bogeys, including three on the back nine, prevented a loftier perch.

A pair of freshmen made their regional debuts for the Scarlet and Black, including Steve Sugimoto (San Diego, Calif.), who shot a 75 to finish the day in a tie for 36th. The Rancho Bernardo High alumnus was 4-over for the round after suffering a bogey on the par-4 No. 10, but closed with a flourish, notching seven pars to go with a birdie on the par-4, 425-yard No. 16.

Meanwhile, fellow classmate Puwit Anupansuebsai (Nakhon Phanom, Thailand) remains one stroke behind Sugimoto in a tie for 51st after carding a 76. The Thai native matched Abercrombie with five birdies on the day, including back-to-back conversions on the eighth and ninth greens. However, six blemishes, including a triple bogey at the par-3 No. 6 and a double bogey on the par-4 17th, proved too much to overcome.

The NCAA Norman Regional continues on Tuesday when San Diego State tees off with North Florida and Florida State, beginning at 8 a.m. CT/6 a.m. PT on hole No. 10.

2018 Norman Regional
Round One Results
Jimmie Austin OU G.C.
Norman, Okla.
Par 72, 7,452 yards

Team Scores
1. Oklahoma...283 (-5)
T2. Auburn...288 (E)
T2. Arkansas...288 (E)
T2. North Florida...288 (E)
5. San Diego State...290 (+2)
T6. UMKC...293 (+5)
T6. Florida State...293 (+5)
8. Nevada...294 (+6)
T9. Pepperdine...295 (+7)
T9. Brigham Young...295 (+7)
11. Virginia...297 (+9)
12. Sam Houston State...301 (+13)
13. Prairie View A&M...315 (+27)
14. Navy...323 (+35)

Individual Leaders (Top 10 of 75 players + SDSU)
1. Blaine Hale, Oklahoma...67 (-5)
T2. Quade Cummins, Oklahoma...69 (-3)
T2. William Buhl, Arkansas...69 (-3)
T4. Blake Abercrombie, SDSU...70 (-2)
T4. Andrew Alligood, North Florida...70 (-2)
T4. Travis Trace, North Florida...70 (-2)
T4. Ben Schlottman, Auburn...70 (-2)
T4. Trace Crowe, Auburn...70 (-2)
T4. Corey Eddings, Nevada...70 (-2)
T4. McClure Meissner, SMU ...70 (-2)
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T11. PJ Samiere, SDSU...71 (-1)
T28. Trevor Norby, SDSU...74 (+2)
T36. Steve Sugimoto, SDSU...75 (+3)
T51. Puwit Anupansuebsai, SDSU...76 (+4)

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