RECAP: @UTTylerMensGolf seventh in weather-suspended first round at NCAA tournament

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

GREENSBORO, N.C. – UT Tyler is currently in seventh place at the NCAA Division III Championships after opening the national tournament with a 296, led by sophomore Trystan Perkins who carded a 72 on Tuesday at the Grandover Resort. The Patriots were part of the first half of teams with morning rounds, while the other half got through the front-nine before weather forced suspension of play. The first round will continue on Wednesday morning before the second round begins with a shotgun start for all teams.

“We played really well today,” UT Tyler coach Michael McMunn said. “We just need to minimize some mistakes and be a little smarter with some decisions. There’s a lot of golf yet to be played and we’re just going to keep fighting and grinding.”

Perkins shot even-par on the first day of the tournament after making two birdies, one double and 15 pars on the Grandover Resort East Course. His round started with a par that was followed by two birdies and then the double. After that, he made 14 straight pars to lead the Patriots on the first day. With players still having to complete their first round, Perkins currently finds himself in 20th place overall.

Hill finished with a first-round 74 (2-over) after making three birdies but also five bogeys, while Nicklaus Cuny also shot a 74 after birdieing his final two holes of the day. Cuny made two birdies, 12 pars and four bogeys in his first NCAA tournament round. Tyler Uhlig would carded a 76 in his opening after having three birdies and 10 pars, but also having four bogeys on the front-nine and then reporting a triple bogey on No. 18 which is a 570-yard par-5 finishing hole. Uhlig, who won the American Southwest Conference Championship title last week at 7-under after three rounds, made each of his birdies on par 4s on Tuesday and was 4-over on par 5s. UT Tyler freshman Hayden Montoya finished with an 83 (11-over) in his first NCAA tournament round.

UT Tyler, which won the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship and was third at last year’s event, is scheduled to start its second round at 10 a.m. on Wednesday pending the completion of the first round and weather in North Carolina. The tournament field will be trimmed after two rounds are complete with a cut.