Han leads NCAA Stockton Regional after Day 1

May 14, 2018

STOCKTON, Calif. - UC Davis junior Ryan Han carded a five-under-par 67, highlighted by an eagle 3 on the 11th hole, to finish in a three-way tie atop the individual leaderboard after Monday’s first day of action at the NCAA Stockton Region men’s golf tournament, hosted at The Reserve at Spanos Park.

The fourth-year aerospace engineering major from Hollister, California, scored birdies on 1, 6, 14 and 16 in addition to his eagle on the 543-yard 11th. Han’s second shot hit the flag and dropped straight down, narrowly missing a rare double eagle and coming to rest less than a yard away from the hole. He sank the eagle putt, which vaulted him into the top four in the medalist race.

Han kept rallying through the back nine. An accurate drive and a 120-yard second shot set up a 30-foot putt for birdie on 14. Then on the 565-yard 16th, he nearly reached in two: his second shot came up just shy of the green in the front rough. A chip shot left him with an uphill birdie putt, which he drained to move into the medalist lead.

Han qualified for the Stockton Regional thanks to his individual Big West Conference championship two weeks prior. The top five teams plus the top individual not on an advancing team will advance to the NCAA Championship, held at Karsten Creek Golf Club from May 25-30. Han shares the top slot of the individual standings with Stanford’s No. 49 Brandon Wu and Kansas’ Daniel Sutton. 

Iowa State leads the team standings at 10-under 278 on the par 72, 7,239-yard course. Kansas is in second at 7-under 281, Alabama is another stroke back at 282, with TCU (283) and Stanford (285) rounding out the top five. The Stockton Regional features 13 teams with 10 individual qualifiers for 75 total players, and continues through Wednesday’s final round.

Matt Hansen remains the only Aggie male golfer to advance to the NCAA Div. I Championships. He won the 2011 Tucson Regional but was forced to withdraw from the national tourney due to illness.

Live results are available via Golfstat, while Aggie coaches Cy Williams and Todd Hammond are providing hole-by-hole coverage on the team’s Twitter feed (@UCD_MensGolf).

The Reserve at Spanos Park (Par 72, 7,235 yards)

1. Iowa State, 278
2. Kansas, 281
3. Alabama, 282
4. TCU, 283
5. Stanford, 285
6. Oregon, 289
t7. Colorado, 290
t7. UC Irvine, 290
9. Kennesaw State, 292
t10. LSU, 293
t10. UNCG, 293
12. USC, 295
13. North Dakota State, 297

t1. Ryan Han, UC Davis, 67
t1. Brandon Wu, Stanford, 67
t1. Daniel Sutton, Kansas, 67

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