FLORENCE, Ala. – Jamie Amoretti shot a one-over par 73, helping St. Mary’s University to sixth place after the first round of the NCAA South Central Region Men’s Golf Championship, played Monday at the Robert Jones Trail at the Shoals Golf Course.
Amoretti (Sr., San Antonio) was strong on the front nine, firing a two-under 34, with two birdies and seven pars. He struggled on the back nine, posting bogies on four of the first six holes. He rebounded with a birdie on the par-four 16th to move to one over. With that total he is in a tie for sixth place overall, eight strokes behind first round leader Kent Neal of West Texas A&M. However, he is just two strokes out of third place.
Aaron Welch (Sr., Del Rio) is tied for 15th overall with a three-over 75. Preston Akromis (So. San Antonio) and Jimmy Willingham (Jr., San Antonio) are both tied for 26th overall with first round 78s, while KC Lim (Sr., San Antonio) is 32nd with a 79.
In the team standings Northeastern State University has a three-stroke lead over the University of Central Oklahoma, 293-296. Midwestern State University is five back at 298, Abilene Christian University is fourth at 300, Cameron University and St. Edward’s University are tied for fifth at 301. St. Mary’s is seventh with a 304 and Texas A&M University-Commerce is eighth with a 312.
Play will continue at the NCAA South Central Regional Tuesday morning with the second round, starting at 8 a.m. at the Robert Trent Jones Trail at the Shoals. The teams will wrap up the tournament on Wednesday with the third and final round.
NCAA South Central Regional Men’s Golf Championship
Robert Trent Jones Trail at the Shoals; Florence, Alabama
1. Northeastern State 293, 2. Central Oklahoma 296, 3. Midwestern State 298, 4. Abilene Christian 300, t5. Cameron 301, t5. St. Edward’s 301, 7. St. Mary’s 304, 8. Texas A&M-Commerce 312.
1. Kent Neal (WTAMU) 65, 2. Mitch Boles (UCO) 68, 3. Sam Powell (NSU) 71, t4. Jeff Cox (NSU) 72, t4. Matt Trammell (CU) 72, t6. Jamie Amoretti (STMU) 73, t6. Brent Cole (UC0) 73, t6. Joby Dutcher (NSU) 73, t6. Hugues Joannes (ACU) 73, t6. Brady Jones (MSU) 73.
Other St. Mary’s Individuals: t15. Aaron Welch 75, t26. Preston Akromis 78, t26. Jimmy Willingham 78, t32. KC Lim 79.