Editor’s note: The second round has already begun at the NCAA Championship. Here is a recap of the first round, which wrapped up Saturday afternoon.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. – After nearly 34 hours, three rain delays and a lot of waiting, the first round of the 2014 NCAA Championship is complete.
South Carolina, the 22nd-ranked team in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, led after a first-round, 8-under 272. No. 14 Oklahoma was second at 7 under while No. 21 Auburn was tied for third at 6 under along with defending national champion and top-ranked Alabama.
The Gamecocks and Tigers began their first rounds Friday morning, but heavy rain and lightning ultimately forced a late-morning Saturday finish for South Carolina, Auburn and the 13 other teams that were scheduled for morning rounds Friday. The Sooners and Crimson Tide, though, are among the other 15 teams that will start their second rounds late Saturday afternoon at Prairie Dunes Country Club.
Individually, South Carolina sophomore Will Starke wrapped up a 6-under 64 Saturday morning to grab the early clubhouse lead. His lead was still standing at the end of the first round. Oklahoma’s Charlie Saxon was tied for second at 5 under along with individual Denny McCarthy of Virginia.
Here are some other notes from the opening round in Hutchinson, Kan.:
• Alabama senior Bobby Wyatt’s bogey-free, 4-under 66 Saturday marks the best NCAA Championship round of his career. Wyatt shot 68-71-70 last year, 71-77-73 in 2012 and 74-74-78 in 2011.
• Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers, who is a victory away from breaking Tiger Woods’ school record for career wins, was 1 over through six holes before making four birdies and finishing with a 3-under 67.
• Iowa State, ranked 42nd by Golfweek, led for much of the morning Saturday before finishing with a 2-under 278. Click here to read more about the Cyclones, who got a first-round 68 from Collin Foster.
• Seth Reeves was bogey-free until the 17th hole before carding a 4-under 66 to help second-ranked Georgia Tech to a first-round, 3-under 277.