Host Ohio State Leads After First Round of Men's Golf Championships
April 27, 2007
COLUMBUS, OHIO - Ohio State holds a 3-stroke lead after Round 1 of the 2007 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships on its own Scarlet Golf Course with an 11-over-par 295. Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern sit in a tie for second at 14-over 298, while Indiana and Purdue are not far behind in fifth at 15-over 299.
Ohio State got off to a slow start, shooting a 10-over 151 on the back nine. Purdue held a lead through the first half of the course with a 3-over 147 on the front portion. However, the Buckeyes stormed ahead in their last nine holes, shooting for a 1-over 145. Purdue, on the other hand, dropped into fifth in the team standings with a 12-over 153 on the back half.
Purdue's Pariya Junhasavasdikul led all individuals in the first round with a 2-under 69. The senior started strong with birdies on the first two holes and finished the front nine at 3-under 33. Despite making birdie on the 10th hole, Junhasavasdikul slipped slightly in the back nine with bogeys on the 11th and 14th holes to go into the clubhouse with a 1-stroke lead.
Ohio State's David Vallina is Junhasavasdikul's closest competitor with a 1-under 70 through the first round. Vallina shot even-par through his first nine holes and then closed out the round with birdies on the eighth and ninth, finishing the morning round one stroke back of the leader.
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