May 17, 2012
Boyer sat at even par through six holes before carding an eagle on the par-5, 539-yard seventh hole. The freshman held steady, hitting par on the next eight holes then finished with a flurry, recording on a birdie on holes 16-18 to end the day with a 67 (-3).
Calvin Pearson and Tyler Gann also recorded eagles in the opening round. Pearson claimed his on the par-5, 500-yard hole 16 and Gann needed just two shots on the par-4, 424-yard hole 13. Pearson finished with a 1-over 71 and Gann’s big shot helped him overcome a rough start and end the day at 8-over.
Juniors Rafael Becker, the 2012 MVC Golfer of the Year, and Hunter Sparks, the 2012 MVC Championship medalist, each turned in steady performances with even-par 70’s. Sparks carded three birdies to offset three bogeys while Becker smoothed over an early double-bogey with four birdies.
As a team, the Shockers checked in at 2-under with a 278, matching UCF and UAB for fourth place. Stanford is a stroke ahead for third place and California is two strokes up on the Shockers for second place. Tennessee is two strokes behind Wichita State and in seventh place. Unranked San Francisco was the surprise team of the opening round, carding a 7-under 273 to take the team lead.
Temperatures sat in the 60’s with partly cloudy skies on Thursday. The weather is expected to warm up over the weekend with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70’s on Friday and Saturday.
Wichita State enters post-season play at No. 38 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and boast the No. 1 scoring average (71.95) in the nation, according to GolfStat. The Shockers are coming off a fifth-consecutive Missouri Valley Conference championship. They are the No. 7 seed.
The Stanford Regional contains seven top-40 teams, including Cal (No. 2), Stanford (No. 8), San Diego State (No. 14), Central Florida (No. 22), LSU (No. 25), UAB (No. 37), and the Shockers (No. 38). San Jose State (Western Athletic) and UC Davis (Big West) earned automatic bids with conference championships.
The 5,802-yard/par-70 Stanford Golf Course was designed in 1930. For Friday’s second round, the players will tee off on holes 1 and 10 beginning at 10 a.m. CDT.
Competition concludes with 18 holes on Saturday. The low five scores plus the individual with the lowest total from a team that does not qualify will advance to the NCAA Championship in Pacific Palisades, Calif.