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Team leader: Georgia (7-under 281)
Individual leader: Julien Brun, TCU, and Bryson Dechambeau, SMU (5-under 67)
In position: 2. College of Charleston (285), T-3. Central Florida (288), T-3. SMU (288), T-5. UCLA (290), T-5. TCU (290).
Chasing: 7. Georgia Southern (291), 8. Georgia State (292), 9. Vanderbilt (295), 10. South Florida (296).
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‘Dawgs take early lead
Freshman Greyson Sigg equaled his low round of the season Thursday, shooting 4-under 68 to help Georgia take the first-round lead at the NCAA San Antonio Regional.
The top-seeded Bulldogs shot 7-under 281 as a team and lead College of Charleston by four shots at Briggs Ranch Golf Course. Central Florida and SMU are tied for third at even-par 288.
Sigg is third individually, a shot back of SMU’s Bryson Dechambeau and TCU’s Julien Brun. Michael Cromie (sixth), Lee McCoy (11th) and Joey Garber (15th) are also in the top 15 for the Bulldogs.
“It’s hard to find much to complain about on this round,” Georgia head coach Chris Haack said. “We got off to a good start on the front nine and were steady for the most part coming in. The main thing was we had a solid first day in a tournament that pretty much demands that. We’ve just got to keep it going for a couple more days.”
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College of Charleston entered Thursday’s first round ranked 79th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. The Cougars, seeded 11th, were also making their first NCAA regional appearance since 2003.
But after an opening-round, 3-under 285, College of Charleston is in second place, four shots out of the lead and in good position to qualify for its first NCAA Championship since 2001.
Zach Munroe’s 2-under 70 and William Rainey’s 1-under 71 led the Cougars while John Jonas and Josh Lorenzetti each posted even-par 72s.
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SMU is tied for third with Central Florida at even-par 288; the Mustangs finished ahead of the Knights en route to winning the American Athletic Conference title a couple of weeks ago. … TCU, which is tied for fifth with UCLA at 2-over 290, boasts two players in the top three (co-leader Julien Brun and Paul Barjon, who is T-3), but doesn’t have another player better than T-57.