Chapel Hill, N.C. – USC Upstate’s Ryan Cornfield spent the majority of the first round of the Chapel Hill Regional battling near the top of the leaderboard and hung on to post a 1-over-par 73 Thursday at the NCAA Men’s Golf Regional at the Finley Golf Course at North Carolina.
Cornfield is tied for 30th with two rounds to play. However, a tight field has him just three shots out of 13th position and four from ninth.
Cornfield had it going early. After posting three straight pars to open his round, he made birdie on the par-4 fourth hole. He made four more pars before making birdie on the par-4 ninth to go out at 2-under and move into a tie for sixth heading to the back nine.
After another par on the 10th, Cornfield ran into trouble with back-to-back bogeys on 11 and 12. He righted the ship with four consecutive pars before a bogey on No. 17 put him at 1-over for his round.
“Ryan showed the same composure and will, and got off to a great start today,” said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. “No doubt, battling a wind that swirled made things more interesting. He was good in most every area and is excited to see what can happen over the next two days. He really likes this course.”
There are 15 players ranked in the Top 100 in the country playing in the Chapel Hill Regional and Cornfield finished his round in front of three of them. North Carolina’s William Register posted a 6-under 66 to take the first round lead. In the team competition, Charlotte posted a 13-under 275 to take the first round lead.
Cornfield earned an individual berth in the NCAA Regionals after a standout regular season and A-Sun Tournament run. He is the first Upstate golfer, male or female, to play in an NCAA Regional since Upstate moved to Division I in 2007-08.