Vivolo in Fourth While Aggies in Ninth at NCAA Regional

Matt Hansen works on his short-game during Wednesday's practice round.

May 15, 2014

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AUBURN, Ala. - Luke Vivolo fired four birdies and played his final nine holes a shot below par on his way to a 1-under 71 and a tie for fourth place on Thursday at the NCAA Auburn Regional, leading the UC Davis men's golf team into a tie for ninth place after one round.

UC Davis shot a 12-over 300 and is tied with Sam Houston State. The top five teams will advance to the NCAA Finals and, currently, the Aggies are just three shots out of fifth. Ben Corfee and Matt Hansen each shot 75 in their opening rounds and are tied for 28th while Nicolas Noya finished with a 79 and is tied for 58th. Joshua Granger is tied for 72nd after shooting an 83.

The 54-hole tournament is being played at Auburn University Club. The start of Thursday's play was delayed by an hour due to weather.

Top-ranked and defending national champion Alabama was the only team to break par on Thursday, finishing with a 1-under 287. The Crimson Tide own a six-shot lead over Texas with host Auburn in third at 294. UC Davis, ranked 62nd, is in front of two top-50 ranked teams - No. 12 Virginia (301), which is in 11th place and No. 25 New Mexico (302), which is 12th.

Robin Sciot-Siegrest of Louisville, who carded a 69, took a one-shot lead over Auburn's Niclas Carlsson and Yannik Paul of Colorado.

Just 10 golfers in the 14-team, 75-player field broke par in the first round, including Vivolo who finds himself just two shots out of the lead. Starting on the 10th hole, the Aggie sophomore had a birdie on the par-5 12th and added five pars and a bogey to make his turn even. Vivolo then birdied the par-4 first hole, and the par-5 fourth and seventh holes to counter a pair of bogeys and shoot 71.

Corfee had a scrambling 75, collecting seven birdies along with eight bogeys and a double-bogey to go with just two pars. He was 2 over after nine holes and then either birdied or bogeyed every hole on his back nine. He had three consecutive birdies covering the second through fourth holes to help his day.

Hansen, in the fourth regional of his standout career, matched Corfee's 75 but did it with one birdie - on the 12th - along with 13 pars and four bogeys. He was just 1 over at his turn. Noya was 4 over at the midway point of his round and posted five straight pars on his back nine while playing those holes just 3 over. Granger started well with two birdies over his first three holes before three bogeys in a four-hole stretch put him above par.

The eleventh-seeded Aggies will tee off their second round beginning at 6 a.m. (PDT) and will play with UNC-Greensboro and BYU.

UC Davis is in the NCAA Div. I Regionals for the fourth time and the third time over the past three seasons. The Aggies earned their berth this year as an at-large team, a first for the program. The other three appearances came after winning the Big West Tournament brought them an automatic berth.

The tournament concludes on Saturday.

Auburn, Ala. (hosted by Auburn Univ.)
Auburn University Club
Par 72, 7,254 yards

1. Alabama, 287
2. Texas, 293
3. Auburn, 294
4. Colorado, 296
T5. Kennesaw State, 297
T5. Louisville, 297
7. UNC-Greensboro, 298
8. BYU, 299
T9. UC DAVIS, 300
T9. Sam Houston State, 300
11. Virginia Tech, 301
12. New Mexico, 302
13. Alabama State, 311
14. St. John's, 315

1. Robin Sciot-Siegrest, 69

T4. Luke Vivolo, 71
T28. Ben Corfee, 75
T28. Matt Hansen, 75
T58. Nicolas Noya, 79
T72. Joshua Granger, 83