Junior Golf
Muller in Top 20 After Opening Round at NCAA Columbus Regional
Written By: twywrot@umich.edu

» Michigan's Kyle Mueller opened with a 73 (+2) to position himself tied for 18th after the first round of the NCAA Columbus Regional.
» Mueller recorded 16 pars and two bogeys in his opening round. He is six shots back of the leader and two shots out of the top 10.
» Mueller is making is fourth straight NCAA postseason appearance and first as an individual.
» Mueller will be paired with Iowa's Alex Schaake and Yale's Will Bernstein for the second round going off the first tee at 10:04 a.m.

Site: Columbus, Ohio
Course: OSU Golf Club's Scarlet Course (par 71, 7,364 yards)
Tournament: NCAA Columbus Regional (Day 1 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: No team score
Top U-M Individual: Kyle Mueller, tie-18th (73, +2)
U-M Next Round: Tuesday, May 15 -- at NCAA Columbus Regional (Columbus, Ohio), 10:04 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- University of Michigan senior men's golfer Kyle Mueller carded an opening 73 (+2) today (Monday, May 14) and is tied for 18th after the first round of the NCAA Columbus Regional being played at the OSU Golf Club's Scarlet Course. Mueller, who is ranked 14th in the country, is participating in the NCAA event as an invited individual.

"I played very solid all day," said Mueller. "It was one of my best ball-striking rounds all year, I just couldn't get the putter rolling. The course played really tough but fair. I am very excited about the state of my game and looking forward to playing tomorrow."

Mueller rattled off four straight pars before the Scarlet Course's historic, demanding greens caught him, as a three-putt on the par-3, 230-yard fifth hole led to a bogey for his first blemish of the round.

With threatening rain clouds rolling in and rumbles of thunder, an errant tee shot on the par-4, 427-yard ninth hole cost him as he posted his second bogey of the front side and headed to the turn at two-over. Despite those two marks on his card, he remained among the top 25 individually through nine holes and was the highest ranked among the 10 individuals.

Before he headed the back side, lightning was seen in the area, causing the field of 75 golfers to wait for just over an hour before heading back out. When he did return, Mueller was able to find a rhythm, recording nine straight pars to close his round. He is tied for 18th with nine other golfers.

"Kyle hit the ball beautifully today," said U-M head coach Chris Whitten. "He gave himself enough chances to shoot a better round than he did. They have the course playing long, and the wind makes it tough, so that suits Kyle's game just fine. He actually putted the ball well; however, the cups were set on some tricky slopes, so getting our reads correct was difficult at times. With improvement each day, we will be right where we want to be at the end of this tournament."

Mueller will get back to action Tuesday (May 15), playing with Iowa's Alex Schaake and Yale's Will Bernstein heading off the front side at 10:04 a.m. From each regional, the top five teams and top individual not on a qualifying team will advance to the NCAA Finals, to be held Friday through Wednesday, May 25-30, at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Team Standings (After Day 1 of 3)

 1. Oklahoma State    281 (-3) 
 2. UNLV              282 
 3. Illinois          284
 4. Northwestern      292
 5. Penn State        293
 6. Texas Tech        297
 7. Wake Forest       299
 8. Louisville        300
    Jacksonville      300
10. Michigan State    303
11. Tennessee         306
12. Cleveland State   309
13. Yale              312

Top Individuals

 1. Michael Feagles, Illinois            68 (-3)
 2. Garrick Higgo, UNLV                  69
 3. Austin Eckroat, Oklahoma State       70
    Kristoffer Ventura, Oklahoma State   70
    Hurly Long, Texas Tech               70
    Matthew Wolff, Oklahoma State        70 
    Harry Hall, UNLV                     70
 8. Dylan Meyer, Illinois                71
    Zach Bauchou, Oklahoma State         71
    Nick Hardy, Illinois                 71
    Shintaro Ban, UNLV                   71
    J.D. Hughes, Penn State              71

Michigan Individual

T18. Kyle Mueller   73*

* playing as individual

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