May 16, 2013
By: Avery Feyrer, Sun Devil Media Relations
Pontus Widegren and the UCLA Bruins have jumped out ahead on opening day of the Tempe Regional at the ASU Karsten Golf Course (par 70) of the 2013 NCAA Men's Golf Regionals. The Bruins finished the first round with a season best score of 12-under 268 and are in first place by 10 strokes.
Widegren led the Bruins shooting 6-under 64, tying his lowest score of the season. Widegren scored four birdies and one eagle; UCLA scored a total 16 birdies. Duke is in second place led by Senior Brinson Paolini's 2-under 68, capping off a 2-under 278 day for the Blue Devils. Paolini is the recipient of the 2013 Byron Nelson Award. Dustin Korte of Austin Peay State also is at 6-under, while UCF's Greg Eason is at 5-under 65.
"It was a perfect day for scoring. I was able to stay aggressive and make some good birdies to finish the round," said Paolini. "We are happy with our start, but with the great conditions the next two days, we know we need to keep the pedal down and make as many birdies as possible."
Arizona State is currently tied for 10th place with a score of 4-over 73. The Sun Devils struggled on the day shooting 21 bogeys compared to only 14 birdies. Spencer Lawson was the lone bright spot on the day for ASU shooting 1-under 69, his second best score of the season.
Austin Peay State (-1) finished the day in 3rd place, while Georgia, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Clemson and UCF are all one stroke back tied for 4th place.
The top five teams as well as the top individual after 54 holes of play advance on to the 2013 NCAA Championship at the Capital City Club - Crabapple Course in Alpharetta, Ga. (May 28 - June 2).
UCLA'S ARBOLEDA GETS A DOUBLE EAGLE (FROM UCLA MEDIA RELATIONS)
UCLA junior Anton Arboleda, who tied for third place recently at the Pac-12 Championship, was sailing along at two-under par until a double bogey at the par 3 16th brought him back to level par.
"I just told myself that I was hitting my targets all day, and there was no reason I couldn't make birdies on my last two holes," said Arboleda.
What happened next was the memory of a lifetime. Arboleda split the fair with his drive at the par 5 17th.
"That drive was one of my best all day, just left of center and I had a pretty good lie in the fairway," he recalled.
From 265 yards, he hit a three-wood into a slight crosswind.
"I struck it well," he said. "The wind moved it a little off my target, but I got a good bounce in front of the green and it rolled onto the green into the cup. It was pretty cool."
The double eagle was the first of Arboleda's career and moved him to three-under par on the round. He made par at the 18th and signed for a 67 (-3) and was tied for fourth.