May 20, 2011
ERIE, Colo. - Michael Whitehead concluded his suspended first round of play at the NCAA Colorado Regional Friday morning, shooting a two-over par 74. After 18 holes, the Rice senior is tied for 45th.
Whitehead will be back on the course later Friday afternoon for the second round.
"Obviously it is disappointing he didn't play better," said Rice coach Drew Scott. "This afternoon the course will play a little tougher but hopefully Michael will post a good score and bounce back in there."
The top five teams out of each of six regional championships as well as the top individual not on one of those five teams will advance to the national finals, May 31-June 5 in Stillwater, Okla. The other five regionals are also being held Thursday through Saturday and are being hosted by Virginia Tech, Florida, Indiana, Arizona and the University of San Diego.
Looking ahead to Friday afternoon's round, Whithehead said, "I need to hit better shots and be more consistent. There's a lot of golf left to play. My goal this afternoon is not to make any bogeys."
Whitehead's opening-round 74 included four bogeys and a double bogey when he found water on the par three, ninth hole. He did convert four birdie putts including on the par four, No. 17 which got him back to two over for the day.
After one round of play, Oklahoma State leads the team standings by four strokes. The Cowboys shot an opening-round 276. Individually, Colorado State's Zahkai Brown shot a seven-under par 65 to lead the 75-player field.
After Friday's play, the final round is slated for Saturday morning. The tournament is taking place at the Colorado National Golf Course and is being hosted by the University of Colorado.