Central: Chung’s 67 paces Stanford to lead
Leader: Stanford (3-under 277)
Individual leader: Alexander Sitompul, Michigan
The top 5: 2. Florida (279); 3. LSU (280); 4. Florida State (283); T-5. Virginia Tech, Northwestern (284)
Close behind: T-7. Michigan, Indiana (285); 9. Iowa (288); 10. N.C. State (289).
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Stanford, the top seed in the Central Regional, jumped out to a two-stroke lead after the first round at Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind.
The Cardinal, No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, shot 3-under 277 in Round 1 to finish two shots ahead of Florida. LSU is third at 280, Florida State is fourth at 283, and Virginia Tech and Northwestern are tied for fifth after shooting 284 in the opening round.
Michigan’s Alexander Sitompul shot a career-best 4-under 66 to take the individual lead, one stroke ahead of Stanford’s David Chung, Florida State’s Wesley Graham and LSU’s John Peterson. N.C. State’s Matt Hill, the reigning NCAA champion, is tied for ninth after a 69.
Stanford finished second at the Pac-10 Championship, where Washington rallied from seven shots back on the final day to win by three and defend its team title. The Cardinal have not won a tournament since early February.
Duke showed good form entering regionals, finishing in the top 3 in each of its past three events, but the Blue Devils shot 11-over 292 in Round 1 and are tied for 11th.
Sitompul, No. 616 in Golfweek’s rankings, birdied four of his first five holes Thursday and hung on for the lowest round of his career. Stanford’s Chung, who is one shot back, is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 13.