College Men

Crouch takes 1st-round lead at Patriot All-America

Tim Crouch of the Florida Southern men's golf team.
Tim Crouch of the Florida Southern men's golf team. ( Florida Southern College Athletic Communication )

Monday, December 30, 2013

Florida Southern's Tim Crouch carded an opening-round 4-under 66 to take an early lead Sunday at the Patriot All-America Invitational.

Crouch had two stretches of three birdies in four holes during his first round on the Golf Course at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Ariz. He made seven birdies against three bogeys, and leads second-place Kyle Westmoreland of Air Force by a shot.

“Basically, I wanted to get off to a good start," said Crouch. “I got off to a little shaky start with a bogey on No. 3 that put me 1 over after three holes. I was able to calm down, relax and play my game. I birdied No. 5 - the par 4 there — and was able to rattle off four or five birdies between seven and 14. I played pretty well through that stretch. I just wanted to get into the house with 16, 17 and 18 being pretty tough holes.

"I have a good feeling getting one in but I’ve got a lot more work to do.”

Arizona State's Ki Taek Lee and Arkansas' Taylor Moore are tied for third at 2 under while Moore's college teammate Sebastian Cappelen, Texas A&M's Ty Dunlap and Florida State's Hank Lebioda are among those tied for fifth at 1 under. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.