Narramore begins play in NCAA East Regional

Looks to make move in second round

May 17, 2007 · MT Media Relations
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Middle Tennessee sophomore Chas Narramore says he has seen better days on the course than the round he played on the opening day of the NCAA East Regional at The Golf Club of Georgia Thursday.

Narramore shot a 4-over 76 and is tied for 67th after the first round of the 54-hole NCAA Men's Golf Championships, and while it may not have been the start he envisioned it was not one that took him out of contention.

The low two individuals who are not on one of the 10 low teams will advance to the NCAA National Championship at the Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va., May 30-June 2. After the first round, Narramore is among the top 30 golfers not on one of the top 10 teams, and he's five shots off what would be an advancing score after the first 18 holes.

"Chas is a little disappointed overall, but I believe he did OK today, I really do," Middle Tennessee head men's golf coach Johnny Moore said. "He kept his composure after a tough triple on his fourth hole and followed with six straight pars to hang in there. He's seen the course twice now, and he is a smart golfer so I believe he will come back and have a strong second round.

"He is going to have to put two good rounds together and have some of the field come back a little, but Chas is still in the hunt because he was able to get a lot out of his round (Thursday)."

Narramore opened on the back and started strong, going par, birdie, par to stand 1-under after his first three holes, but he ran into trouble on the par-3 13th when he hit his tee shot right and behind trees. He settled for a triple bogey on the hole, but responded with five straight pars to finish the opening nine holes at 2-over.

The string of pars continued at the turn as Narramore was even on the first three holes, but he bogeyed three of the next five before ending the first round with a birdie on the par-5 nine.

Narramore said the most frustrating aspect was having chances to leave himself strong birdie putts on all three holes.

"I had a chance to get on the green with opportunities for birdie putts, but I kept putting myself in bad position," Narramore said. "I was leaving the ball above the hole. Today could have been so much better. It was not one of my better days, but I will work hard and try to make sure tomorrow is better. I'm just going to go out and do my best to get a good round and see what happens."

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