Blundell Opens NCAA West Regional With a 75

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 20, 2010

May 20, 2010

NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma men's golfer Ben Blundell withstood a 90-minute weather delay and rainy conditions all day at the NCAA West Regional in Bremerton, Wash., to post a 3-over 75 Thursday.

The senior, representing OU individually, recorded 12 pars on the day and stands in a 31st-place tie among 75 competitors.  He trails co-leaders Dustin Morris of Colorado State and Espen Kofstad of Denver by six shots.

Blundell, who is one of 10 individuals invited to participate in the West Regional, said he is looking forward to Friday's second round.

"This course presents me with a great opportunity to shoot a low number," he said of the 7,104-yard Gold Mountain Golf Course layout.  "Hopefully the weather is better tomorrow so I can play to my potential."

In order to advance to the June 1-6 NCAA finals, Blundell must record the lowest score among the 10 individuals and all competitors not on the five advancing teams.  Through one round, he is tied for fifth among the 10 individuals.  

NCAA West Regional Tournament Central

Host Washington leads the team standings after recording a 2-under 286.  Colorado State and Oregon State are tied for second at +3.

Blundell, who is making his 42nd collegiate appearance, tees off at noon CT Friday on hole No. 10 with fellow individual competitors Bhavik Patel of Fresno State (first-round 80) and Austin Graham of UC Davis (75).

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