ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The No. 7-ranked University of Oregon men's golf team opened action in the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional in fifth place with its four-over team total Thursday on the par-71 UM Golf Course.
Oregon trails leader and No. 43 TCU (-6, 278) by 10 strokes, but is only two shots behind No. 18 Kent State who stood second (+2, 286) after the first round of the 54-hole tournament.No. 42 Kennesaw State and No. 19 Virginia followed in a tie for third place at 287, while the event's highest-rated team, No. 6 USC, stood sixth (289) - one stroke behind UO.
Individually for Oregon, All-Pac-12 honoree and senior Daniel Miernicki paced the squad with an even-par 71 and was tied for 15th among individuals. The Santee, Calif., native led UO for the 11th time this season and 69th time in his career.
Thanks to his three birdies and 12 par scores Thursday, he also ended with his 22nd round of par or better this season, and a school record 87th career-wise.
On the overall leaderboard, TCU's Julien Brun, Baylor's Joakim Mikkelsen and USC's Anthony Paolucci were tied for first place with their four-under scores of 67.
The 13-team regional continues with 18 holes on Friday and a final round on Saturday with the top five teams advancing to the 2012 Men's Golf Championship at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, May 29-June 3.
More regional and NCAA championship information is available at the www.Mgoblue.com and www.NCAAsports.com websites.
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