Weather Limits Day One of Thornberry’s NCAA Title Defense
May 25, 2018


– A pair of weather delays lasting a combined three hours and 30 minutes prevented defending NCAA champion Braden Thornberry from completing the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships. The Ole Miss junior saw his tee time pushed back to 6 p.m. CT Friday evening (May 25), allowing only nine holes to be completed before darkness swept across Karsten Creek Golf Club.

Sixty-nine out of the 156 players in the field, including Thornberry, were still out on the course when play was stopped for the night (approximately 8:38 p.m.). Those golfers will resume round one at 7 a.m. CT Saturday morning. Thornberry made the turn at 1-over, firing a 37 on the front nine that featured eight pars and one bogey. The defending champion sits six shots back of the lead with nine holes to play in his opening round.

After the extended delay, Thornberry finally teed off and scrambled to make an opening par on the par-5 first. On the next two holes, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world had back-to-back birdie opportunities within 15 feet that just missed and kept him at even par. The Olive Branch, Mississippi, native recorded pars on his first five holes before a 3-putt bogey at No. 6. He bounced back with three straight pars to finish the side.

Thornberry will have to play 27 holes tomorrow. After completing his first round, he is scheduled to begin round two at 10:12 a.m. CT.

Tournament Schedule
Saturday, May 26 (27 holes)
Round 1 – Final nine holes at 7 a.m. CT
Round 2 – 10:12 a.m. CT tee time (Hole No. 10)

Sunday, May 27 (18 holes)
Round 3 – Tee time TBD

Monday, May 28 (18 holes)
Round 4 (Top 15 teams and nine individuals not on an advancing team) – Tee time TBD

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