May 16, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss sophomore Blake Morris fired a 3-over par 75 on day one of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and is currently tied for fourth among individuals heading into tomorrow's second round.
The Waterbury, Conn., native carded two birdies in the opening round at the par 72, 7,274-yard LSU University Club. Morris recorded a pair of bogeys in the first three holes, but rebounded with birdies at the par-5 No. 6 and par-4 No. 15. He posted another pair of bogeys at No. 17 and No. 18 to close out the round 3-over.
"Blake fought hard today on a tough course," said Ole Miss head coach Ernest Ross. "He unfortunately hit it right under the lip of three fairway bunkers and made bogies. His ball striking was pretty good, and he made some good putts for par and even bogey a few times. I thought he was a little tentative on some birdie putts, but I know he can fix that. He needs to be close to even par the next two rounds to have a chance to advance."
Morris trails individual leader Jonathan Grey, of Georgia State, who carded an even-par 72 in the opening round. Sam Bernstein, of Yale, and Alex Ellis, of the College of Charleston, are two shots back, while Morris joins Steve Burak, of Fairfield, three shots off the lead.
Florida is atop the team leaderboard after day one with an opening round of 2-under 286.
Five teams from each regional and one individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will take place May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga.
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