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Mocs Tied for 12th After First Round of NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional

FSC is within five shots of sixth place and 12 shots of first round leader USC-Aiken

Tim Crouch shot a three-under par 69 in first round of South/Southeast Super Regional.Tim Crouch shot a three-under par 69 in first round of South/Southeast Super Regional.

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POOLER, Ga. - Florida Southern used a three-under par 69 from senior All-American Tim Crouch here Monday afternoon in the opening round of the 2014 NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional to finish with a 12-over par 300 to stand in a tie for 12th place of 20 teams at Savannah Quarters Country Club.

With its score of 300, the 24th-ranked Moccasins, who are making its 38th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance and 42nd overall in school history, are within four shots of seventh place Lynn (296) and 12 shots behind first round leader and No. 2 ranked USC-Aiken, who shot an even-par 288 to lead by two shots over sixth-ranked Nova Southeastern (290). In fact, the top 15 teams are separated by a total of 13 strokes heading into Tuesday's second round of action. The tournament will conclude on Wednesday, May 7 with the top seven teams and top two individuals (not on an advancing team) earning a spot in the 2014 NCAA D-II National Championships in Allendale, Mich., on May 19-23.

In Monday's opening round, the Mocs, who teed off in the afternoon from hole No. 10, shot a two-over to stand tied for fourth following the first nine holes, before carding a 10-over par on the final nine holes to set its team score of 300. The Mocs are tied with 16th-ranked Georgia College and 11th-ranked North Alabama after the first 18 holes of action.

Crouch, who is in a three-way tie for third place after shooting his 3-under par 69, is one of 13 golfers to shoot under par on the 7,016-yard Savannah Quarters Country Club course. Crouch, who is a native of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, fired a four-under 32 on the back nine, before shooting a one-over 37 on the front nine in the opening round. The defending NCAA Division II National Champion recorded five birdies and had two bogeys on his scorecard Monday.    

Along with USC-Aiken and Nova Southeastern, Florida Tech stands third as the 17th-ranked Panthers carded a three-over par 291 as a team, while eighth-ranked Armstrong Atlantic and top-ranked Barry each fired five-over par 293's to stand in a tie for fourth. No. 10 West Florida shot a seven-over 295 to finish the first round in sixth and fourth-ranked Lynn is seventh after firing an eight-over par 296. Clayton State shot a nine-over 297 to stand eighth, while Erskine and Rollins each shot 10-over 298's to stand tied for ninth.

Flagler stands 11th after shooting a 299, while 20th-ranked Saint Leo carded a 301 to stand in 15th and 13th-ranked Columbus State shot a 307 to stand 16th. Delta State carded a 308 to sit 18th, while Queens (N.C.) and Limestone shot a 310 and 312 respectively to stand in 19th and 20th place.  

Barry's Scott Smyers turned in the best round of the day as he carded a six-under par 66 to hold a one stroke lead over Armstrong Atlantic's Shad Tuten, who fired a five-under par 67. In addition to Crouch, Florida Tech's Joe Ellis, who recorded a hole-in-one on the par 3, 213-yard No. 6 hole and Nova Southeastern's Santiago Gomez each shot three-under 69's.

Along with Crouch, sophomore Austin Schultz (Lakeland, Fla.) and senior Shane Convery (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) each shot four-over 76's to sit in a tie for 44th place. Schultz recorded two birdies, four bogeys and one double bogey on his scorecard, while Convery had two birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey in Monday's opening round.

The final counter for the Mocs in its team score was freshman Levin Hoffman (Sarstedt, Germany) as he fired a 79 to stand tied for 77th place. In Monday's opening round, Hoffman, who was playing in just his second tournament of the season, shot a six-over 42 on the back nine, before firing a one-over 37 on the front nine. On the day, Hoffman had two birdies, six bogeys and a double bogey in his round.

FSC's other golfer to compete on Monday was freshman Jason Huntington (Lakeland, Fla.) as the Mocs dropped his score of 81. Huntington shot a three-over par 39 on the back nine, before carding a six-over 42 on the front nine to stand tied for 93rd place. On the day, Huntington had two birdies, four bogeys, one double bogey and shot a 10 on the par 5 No. 3 hole.  

The Mocs will return to course on Tuesday for the second round. They are scheduled to tee from the No. 1 tee beginning at 7:30 a.m. with the same two teams they were paired with on Monday (Rollins and Limestone.). The No. 1 golfers in the threesome will tee off at 8:10 a.m.

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