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Williamson Five Back After Round One at NCAA Regional

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Senior Peter Williamson shot a 1-over 72 on the first day of the NCAA Central Regional.     By Tim Cowie
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — After the first round at the NCAA Central Regional on Thursday, Dartmouth men's golfer Peter Williamson (Hanover, N.H.) is tied for 23rd at 1-over-par (72) in the 75 player field. There is a three-way tie for the top spot with Julien Brun of TCU, Joakim Mikkelsen of Baylor and Anthony Paolucci of USC each posting a 4-under-par 67 in the opening round. The tournament is being held at the par-71, 6,723-yard U-M Golf Course.

Williamson shot 1-over on his opening nine. He carded a birdie on his second hole of the day, on the par-4 second. The senior sandwiched the birdie between a pair of pars on the par-5 first and the par-5 third. He gave a stroke back on the par-4 fourth, before posting four straight pars on holes five through eight. Just before making the turn, the Hanover native bogeyed the 414-yard par-4 fourth to go out with a 1-over 37.

To start his back nine, Williamson bogeyed the par-4 10th to push his score to 2-over. He posted pars on the par-5 11th and the par-3 12th before carding an eagle on the short 321-yard par-4 13th to get back to even-par. He pared the next three holes, but bogeyed the par-4 17th to return to 1-over. After a par on the 18th, Williamson ended the opening round with a 1-over-72.

The Ann Arbor Regional features 13 teams and 10 individuals playing 54-holes, Thursday through Saturday (May 17-19). The low five teams and the low individual not on an advancing team move on to the finals. Williamson will need to improve his spot on the leaderboard in the next two rounds to reach the NCAA Championship.

In the team competition, TCU leads at 6-under-par (278), Kent State is second at 2-over-par (286) and Kennesaw State is third at 3-over-par (287).

After going off the first tee on Thursday, Williamson tees off the 10th at 10 a.m. on Friday. He was in the final pairing in the first round, and will be in the third-to-last pairing in round two.