Southern California’s Sam Smith shot a course- and school-record 62 on Thursday at Palouse Ridge Golf Club but California held the lead after the first day of the NCAA Division I Men’s Pullman Regional.
Smith’s 10-under effort has USC fourth at 272 behind No. 1-ranked California (23-under 265), Saint Mary’s (267) and San Diego State (270) in the 14-team field.
Forty-nine of the 75 golfers shot even-par or better.
The top five teams will advance to the NCAA championship in Atlanta May 28-June 2.
Tallahassee Regional: Top-seeded Washington stands second out of 13 teams following a 12-under effort of 276 at the Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.
Cheng-Tsung Pan fired a 5-under 67 to lead the Huskies. Teammate Chris Williams of Moscow, Idaho, shot a 68.
North Florida leads the 13-team field with a 16-under 272 and also has the individual leader in MJ Maguire with a 65. Anders Albertson of Georgia Tech and Chase Seiffer of Florida are at 66 and followed by Pan and Oklahoma’s Abraham Ancer at 67.
The top five teams move on to the NCAA championship.
NCAA women: Whitworth senior Emily Guthrie (Snohomish, Wash.) shot a 4-over 76 to move up to seventh place with a three-round total of 233 at the NCAA Division III women’s golf championships at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.
Guthrie was selected to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Division III All-West team as well as given honorable mention on the All-American team.
She is the only Whitworth golfer competing.