May 18, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. - Rhode Island freshman Mark Stevens (Concord, N.H.) is tied for third place after a four-under par 68 in the first round of the NCAA East Regional Golf Championships at Lake Nona Golf Course in Orlando, Fla. The Rams are tied for fourth place out of 27 teams with an even-par 288 and is one of only four teams at-or-under par.
Georgia is in first place after a four-under par 284, followed by Wake Forest (-3, 285), UNLV (-1, 287), URI and Texas Tech (+1, 289) to round out the top-five teams. The top-10 teams at the end of the tournament advance to the NCAA Championships in two weeks at the Cross Water Golf Club in Sunriver, Ore.
Junior Jason Pannone (East Greenwich, R.I.) is tied for 10th place after firing a one-under par 71, while classmate Ben Spitz (Norwell, Mass.) is tied for 30th after a one-over par 73.
Junior Devon Quigley (Rumford, R.I.) fired a four-over par 76 and is tied for 66th, while junior Jesse Larson (Mendon, Vt.) stands tied for 113th at seven-over par.
The championship will resume on Friday and Saturday with the first groups teeing off at 7:00 a.m.
Rhode Island is playing in its 15th-straight NCAA East Regional Tournament. The Rams became the first team from New England to qualify for the NCAA Championships in 2004 after finishing eighth at the East Regional.