Knous, Mines Second At NCAA West/Central Super Regional
LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – Led by a six-under-par 66 by senior Jim Knous, the Colorado School of Mines golf team sits tied for second out of 20 squads following the first round of the NCAA Division II West/Central Super Regional at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
Mines posted a 283 during the opener and currently sits 10 strokes behind No. 7 Chico State for tops on the team standings. No. 3 CSU-Stanislaus also finished the round at five-under to hold steady with the Orediggers while No. 12 Grand Canyon sits fourth overall at three-under-par.
The top five teams and the top two individuals not advancing with a team will continue their seasons at the NCAA Championships following completion of the regional tournament.
Knous, the RMAC Player of the Year, used three birdies on the first nine and four birdies on the second to counter his one double of the round and finish the first day in second on the individual leaderboard. The 66 sets a new season low for the Basalt native, and ties his career low that was set in his freshman campaign during the first round of the RMAC Head-to-Head #2 on Sept. 22, 2008.
He currently trails Kyle Souza of Chico State for the overall lead by one stroke and sits one stroke ahead of Eric Frazzetta, also of Chico State.
Freshman Jordan Arndt also finished his round under par after posting six birdies and three bogeys for an opening-round 69 which places him in a tie for sixth overall.
Senior Cory Bacon is tied for 32nd overall after he finished with a 74 (+2) during the first round. In an otherwise clean round, Bacon recorded a triple bogey on hole 13 after entering the hole at even par. He rebounded to post four-straight pars before birdying 18 to close out his opening round.
Sophomore Kyle Grassel sits even with Bacon and eight other competitors in a tie for 32nd overall. He posted three birdies, one bogey and two doubles during his round, but the highlight was an eagle on the 535-yard, par-five, hole 15.
Michael Lee sits two shots and 20 spots back of his teammates in a tie for 52nd overall after he finished the first round at four-over-par.
The Orediggers will push for the lead tomorrow when the second round kicks off at 7:30 a.m.
Round Two Tee Times
12:00 PM Jordan Arndt
12:10 PM Michael Lee
12:20 PM Kyle Grassel
12:30 PM Cory Bacon
12:40 PM Jim Knous
1. No. 7 Chico State 273 -15
T-2. No. 3 CSU-Stanislaus 283 -5
T-2. Colorado School of Mines 283 -5
4. No. 12 Grand Canyon 285 -3
5. CSU-Monterey Bay 290 +2
6. No. 9 Western Washington 291 +3
7. Colorado State-Pueblo 295 +7
T-8. Cal State East Bay 296 +8
T-8. St. Cloud State 296 +8
10. Nebraska-Kearney, U. 298 +10
11. Bemidji St. U. 299 +11
12. No. 23 Hawaii-Hilo 300 +12
13. Dixie State College 301 +13
14. No. 19 Colorado-CO Springs 303 +15
T-15. Western New Mexico 306 +18
T-15. Minnesota State Mankato 306 +18
17. Colorado Mesa 307 +19
18. St. Martin's University 309 +21
19. UC San Diego 310 +22
20. Concordia-St. Paul 319 +31
2. Jim Knous 66 SCORECARD
T-6. Jordan Arndt 69 SCORECARD
T-32. Cory Bacon 74 SCORECARD
T-32. Kyle Grassel 74 SCORECARD
T-52. Michael Lee 76 SCORECARD