Doug Ghim shot a career-low 64 and the Texas men’s golf team carded a 20-under-par 268 in the first round of the NCAA Franklin Regional on Monday at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee.
Ghim had a bogey-free round for the first time in his collegiate career, rolled in six birdies and eagled the par-4 sixth hole. Ghim’s 64 ties the lowest round shot by a Texas player this season.
“It was a pretty solid day. I was never really in a bad position, I gave myself a lot of opportunities and was lucky to convert today.” said Ghim
The Longhorns hold an 11 shot lead over East Carolina. Washington and Kennesaw State are tied for third at 5 under par and Vanderbilt and Virginia are tied for fifth at 3 under. The top five teams will advance to the NCAA Championship.
Texas’ Taylor Funk also shot a career-low round and is in a three-way tie for second place after shooting a 65. Funk shot 3 under on the front nine, added birdies on the tenth and fifteenth and eagled the par-5 eighteenth. Houston’s Michael Perras and Washington’s Carl Yuan are tied with Funk at 7 under.
UT’s Scottie Scheffler is tied for eighth place after shooting a 3-under 69 and Gavin Hall is tied for 15th place at 2 under. Beau Hossler, the 2016 Big 12 player of the year, was the only Longhorn to shoot over par and is tied for 32nd place at 1 over.