Alabama takes 3-shot lead in men's NCAA golf
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. (AP) -- Freshman Justin Thomas shot a 70 to help Alabama take a three-shot lead over SEC rivals Florida and Auburn after the first round Tuesday at the NCAA Division I men's championships.
The Crimson Tide shot a 1-over 285.
UCLA's Anton Arboleda had the best score of the day, a 4-under 67 and leads by a shot over Corey Conners of Kent State and Tyler McCumber of Florida.
The NCAA individual champion will be crowned after 54 holes, while the top eight teams advance to match play.
Arboleda helped UCLA finished tied for fourth.
Thomas was 1 under and teammartes Bobby Wyatt and Scott Strohmeyer each shot even par and Cory Whitsett and Hunter Hamrick each shot 2-over 73.
USC, which is hosting the tournament, finished tied for 23rd.