FRANKLIN, Tenn. — No. 1 Men's Golf leads the NCAA Franklin Regional by 11 strokes after carding a first-round 268 on day one at Vanderbilt Legends Club on Monday.
Sophomore Doug Ghim leads all players after carding a Texas career-low 64, matching the lowest round by a Longhorn this season.
He began the day with three pars before making back-to-back birdies on holes four and five and following with an eagle on six. He concluded the front nine with a birdie to sit at 5-under on the turn. He stayed at 5-under until making another pair of birdies on 14 and 15 and concluded the round with a birdie on 18 to finish the day 8-under par.
It marks Ghim's seventh round in the 60s and his 21st round at or under par this season, and his first bogey-less round in his Texas career.
Sophomore Taylor Funk also had a career day, finishing one stroke out of first place with a Texas career-low 65. He also did not make a bogey.
Funk started the day strong, making a birdie on the first hole and following with three pars, before making two more birdies in the next three holes to finish the front nine 2-under par. At the turn, he followed suit with another birdie on 10. From there, he made another birdie on 15 and pars until hole 18, where he closed the round with an eagle to finish 7-under par.
For Funk, it marks his third round in the 60s, all coming in the last four tournaments.
Sophomore Scottie Scheffler also finished the day in the 60s, firing a 69 to tie for eighth.
Scheffler carded even par before making a bogey on hole six, but followed with a birdie on seven to return to even par. He made a bogey on nine before making the turn and stayed at 1-over until he made a birdie on 14 to approach the last four holes even once again. He then made two pars before making a birdie on 17 and finished the round with an eagle on 18 to conclude the round at 3-under par.
Junior Gavin Hall was the fourth player to finish under par after carding a 70 to end the first round.
Hall was the third Longhorn to make an eagle for Texas, doing so on the seventh hole after making a bogey, a birdie and a double-bogey on the first six holes. At the turn, he made back-to-back birdies to sit at 2-under par and made pars until the last four holes. On 15 and 16, he made back-to-back bogeys, but followed with back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 to end the round 2-under par and in a tie for 15th.
Junior Beau Hossler brought in the last score for the Longhorns, finishing the day 1-over par.
Texas has had three or more players finish in the 60s for the second-straight round after four finished in the 60s during the last round of the Big 12 Championship on May 1.
As a team, the Horns lead by 11 strokes over East Carolina going into the second round. The top five teams after the third round will advance to the NCAA Championship.
The Longhorns will continue with the second round on Tuesday, May 17, teeing off at 9:15 a.m. CT with East Carolina and Washington.
Head Coach John Fields
On the round: Our finish was outstanding. Doug Ghim shoots a 64 today and Taylor Funk shoots a 65…I'm really happy for those guys and I'm happy for our team. It's not a one-man show, they are all really fine players. That being said, we still have two days to play here and we have to be focused. We will enjoy this round over lunch, but then we have to get prepared for the next rounds. I'm really happy for the guys, that was an extraordinary round.
On Ghim and Funk's rounds: It's nice—they got a fresh round under their belts, maybe got a little momentum coming off of the Big 12 Championship and then a little breath of fresh air, because they completed finals and got a little energized going into the summer. I know they have been looking forward to it.
Sophomore Doug Ghim
On the round: 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.
On his mindset coming in this morning: Coming in, our mindset was to treat it like any other tournament. Like Coach said, it's not the regional, it's the "Vanderbilt Invitational." We all came in pretty confident—our team has been playing really well. I've been playing well too, so I'm just trying to keep it going.
On why he has been playing well: Golf is a funny game. Sometimes you just start feeling it and building good experience after good experience and learning a lot. Playing almost two full seasons definitely helps and I feel like it's starting to come together.
Sophomore Taylor Funk
On the round: I had a solid day, it was fun. I was focused on my routine and my visualization and it paid off. It feels great to finally play well for Texas. Mentally, I feel like I'm finally putting it all together.
NCAA Regional - Franklin
Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club (Par 72, 7,190 yards)
1. TEXAS 268 (-20)
2. East Carolina 279 (-9)
T3. Washington 283 (-5)
T3. Kennesaw State 283 (-5)
T5. Vanderbilt 285 (-3)
T5. Virginia 285 (-3)
7. LSU 288 (E)
T8. Houston 293 (+5)
T8. UT-Martin 293 (+5)
10. Georgetown 295 (+7)
11. Pepperdine 296 (+8)
12. Michigan 303 (+15)
13. Troy 305 (+17)
1. DOUG GHIM, TEXAS 64 (-8)
T2. TAYLOR FUNK, TEXAS 65 (-7)
T2. Michael Perras, Houston 65 (-7)
T2. Carl Yuan, Washington 65 (-7)
5. Patrick Cover, UNCW 67 (-5)
T6. Jimmy Stanger, Virginia 68 (-4)
T6. Wesley Conover, E. Carolina 68 (-4)
T8. SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER, TEXAS 69 (-3)
T8. Chris Guglielmo, Kennesaw State 69 (-3)
T8. Hunter Richardson, UT-Martin 69 (-3)
T8. Timothy Conover, E. Carolina 69 (-3)
T8. Al Dickens, E. Carolina 69 (-3)
T8. Luis Gagne, LSU 69 (-3)
T8. Ryan Cole, James Madison 69 (-3)
T15. Gavin Hall 70 (-2)
T32. Beau Hossler 73 (+1)