Fricker Sits Ninth for Individuals at NCAA Regional
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman freshman men’s golfer Ryan Fricker fired an opening round 75 on Thursday to place ninth in the individual field at the NCAA Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional hosted by Florida State. The 54-hole event runs through Saturday at the Golden Eagles Country Club, and admission to the event is free.
A native of Ivybridge, England, Fricker completed his opening 18 holes sitting tied for 55th among all players in the tournament field, which includes team players and individual competitors. He fired a three-over par 75 through the round, and leads fellow individual Sean Bosdosh of Maryland by two strokes heading into the second day.
“It was a round where he did not hit his driver as well as he can,” stated B-CU head coach Loritz “Scooter” Clark. “Ryan hits the ball right to left, and I would venture to say there are 12 holes on this course that are dogleg left. Visually, it doesn’t suit his eye well. The majority of the par four holes are dogleg left, and off the tee he struggled with that a bit.”
The Englishman is tied in the overall tournament with Seth Reeves (Georgia Tech), Charlie Saxon (Oklahoma), Devin Hernandez (USF) and Brian McCormick (Loyola-Md.). In the individual field, Daniel Walker of Richmond and Edward Figueroa of Florida Gulf Coast each carded an opening round four-under par 68 to lead the pack. They’re followed in order by Maverick Antcliff (Augusta State) and Hans Reimers (Mercer), each finishing the course with a three-under par 69 and two-under par 70, respectively.
Fricker began the day with a tough break on the second hole, taking one of his five bogeys on the day. He hit a good ball off the tee, but it came to rest behind the root of a tree, allowing for a difficult second shot. In all, he carded two birdies and five bogeys, playing steady with pars the rest of the way.
According to Coach Clark, Fricker is capable of bouncing back Friday with a six- or seven-under performance.
“He was probably a little nervous,” admitted Clark. “He had a lot of birdie opportunities and just didn’t quite make them. He didn’t convert on his par putts at times, and that’s your three-over score right there. However, he’s mentally fine, but naturally frustrated with himself. This course warrants some good scores, and he can easily bounce back with a great round tomorrow.”
In the team portion of the tournament, North Florida leads all with a 16-under par 272, followed by Washington (-12, 276) and Florida State (-11, 277). Oregon, Georgia Tech and USF are all tied in fifth place with an eight-under par 280 opening round performance.
The top golfer overall for the day was UNF’s MJ Maguire who fired a seven-under par 65, as well as Chase Seiffert (FSU) and Anders Albertson (Georgia Tech) each tallying a six-under par 66 to sit in second place.
Fricker begins his second round Friday, May 17 at 9:40 a.m., alongside Keegan Boone (Loyola-Md.) and Bosdosh.
Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams are competing at each of three regionals while the other three regionals have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
A total of 81 teams make up the regional field along with 45 individuals. Five teams and the top individual advance to the National Championship at The Capital City Club's Crabapple Course in Atlanta, from May 28-June 2.
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