Kerns sixth on leaderboard
COLUMBUS -- Nathan Kerns from Marshall University began play Thursday in the NCAA Columbus regional men's golf tournament with a round of 4-over-par 75 on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State.
The 54-hole regional continues Friday and Saturday. Kerns has a 10:20 a.m., Friday, tee time.
Ohio State is hosting 13 teams and 10 individuals not part of those teams for the tournament.
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, May 28-June 2 at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta.
Kerns is sixth on the individual leaderboard. Erik Van Rooyen from Minnesota and Adam Schenk from Purdue both shot 72.
The Thundering Herd senior from Ironton had a rough start with back-to-back bogeys on his first two holes of the par-71, 7,286-yard course.
"I felt a bit nervous and shaky for the first couple holes, but I settled in nicely with a couple of birdies," Kerns said. "I never really got in a rhythm with the golf swing and hit it everywhere today.
"As for my position, I feel confident going into the next 36 holes. I can't play any worse."
Kerns put together consecutive birdies on Nos. 3 and 4 before another bogey on No. 7 left him 1-over at the turn.
A birdie on No. 12 got Kerns back to even for the day before he finished with bogeys on Nos. 13, 14, 15 and 18.
"Unfortunately Nathan didn't play as well as he wanted to today," Marshall coach Matt Grobe said. "He was able to save a couple of shots during the day, but couldn't really get it going. Hopefully we have some things worked out for the next 36 holes. We are not out of it, but he has to play better over the next two days."
Charlotte leads the team standings at 3-over 287 followed by South Carolina (288), Stanford (291), UNLV (292) and Auburn (293).
Raoul Menard of the Charlotte 49ers holds the lead after firing a 4-under 67.
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