UT starts off 12th in men's golf regional

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The Tennessee men’s golf team is off to a slow start after Thursday’s first round of an NCAA Regional in Eugene, Ore.

The Vols find themselves 12th in the 13-team field after shooting 19-over-par 299.

“Today was rough. We really struggled to get anything going,” UT coach Jim Kelson said in a school release. “We just have to regroup and finish with two solid rounds.”

Stanford is first at 4 under. Chattanooga is in a three-way tie for eighth at 15 over and East Tennessee State is three shots better than the Vols for 11th.

Tennessee sophomore Mike Nagy, who has started in only two tournaments this season and was not part of the team entered in the SEC tournament, shot 1-under 71 and is tied for 14th.

“I didn’t get off to the best start, but I just tried to stay with it and didn’t get discouraged,” Nagy said. “I hit some solid shots and made a few birdie putts coming in to put up a decent score.”

Amidst four bogeys and a double-bogey, sophomore Oliver Goss was at 73 and tied for 30th. Farragut High School graduate Brandon Rogers was tied for 60th at 77 despite an eagle by the senior on No. 13. Senior Danny Keddie battled an 11 stroke ordeal on hole No. 5 and finished at 78 for 63rd. Freshman Jack Smith tied for 68th (80).

Patrick Rodgers of Stanford shot 66 to lead individuals, one shot better than Chris Robb of Chattanooga and Kyle Westmoreland of Air Force.

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