CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Lipscomb men’s golfer Dawson Armstrong opened the 2015 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship at the Chapel Hill Regional on Thursday by firing an even-par 72 to open the event at the UNC Finley Golf Course.
The freshman became the first golfer in school history to compete in the NCAA Championship and sits in a seven-way tie for 22nd after the first 18 holes of the 54-hole event. The Brentwood, Tennessee native spent most of the day one under or even par in the event hosted by the University of North Carolina.
“I killed my first drive and didn’t really feel nervous at all,” said Armstrong. “I found a rhythm on the driving range and went with it. It felt like a usual college tournament today but if you play somewhat poor at all you don’t have a chance as opposed to some of the tournaments we’ve played in. The competition in those is good but not NCAA regional good.”
UNC’s William Register fired the low score of the day with a 6-under, 66 including five birdies and one eagle. Charlotte sits atop the team leaderboard after the 49ers posted a -13, 275 putting them six strokes ahead of Florida.
“Today went about as expected,” said Lipscomb head men’s golf coach Will Brewer. “Dawson was prepared and played well. He didn’t make quite as many putts as we would have liked. Like we said yesterday, if he makes some putts he’s right there. He didn’t have a terrible putting day but he didn’t have a great day on the greens.”
The Chapel Hill Regional continues on Friday with the second round in the Tar Heel state. Armstrong is set to tee off for the second round at 9:12 a.m.
“It felt like we were supposed to be here,” said Brewer. “It’s a strong field that we’re competing against and Dawson is in good shape by any means. He needs to score a little better the next two days and he’ll be right there.”
Live scoring will be available at: http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=7938