Led by redshirt senior Kolton Crawford, Arkansas, No. 21 in the latest Golfstat rankings, grabbed a share of the team lead following the opening round of the NCAA Division I Championship Friday at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.
The NCAA Championship is just starting to get itself sorted out as the top 15 teams following Sunday’s third round will advance to Monday’s final round with the top eight survivors following Monday comprising the field for match play.
Crawford carded a 2-under 68 over the 7,014-yard, par-70 Eugene Country Club layout and is in a group of three players tied for fourth in the individual chase.
Crawford helped the Razorbacks post a team total of 2-over 282 that left them tied for the top spot with Texas Christian in a tightly bunched field.
Southern California, ranked third, heads a group of three teams tied for third at 3-over 283. The Trojans were joined at that figure by No. 8 Vanderbilt and No. 22 San Diego State, which advanced out of the regional in Albuquerque, N.M. in a playoff.
Oklahoma State, ranked fifth, and No. 13 Florida State are tied for sixth at 5-over 285.
Vanderbilt’s Theo Humphrey, a sophomore from Greenwich, Conn., San Diego State’s Nahum Mendoza III, a junior from San Diego, and South Carolina’s Will Starke are tied for the lead in the individual standings, each carding a 3-under 67.
Joining Arkansas’ Colton in the tie for fourth at 2-under 68 are Southern California’s Justin Suh, a freshman from San Jose, Calif., and TCU’s Chelso Barrett, a junior from Keene, N.H.
Wake Forest’s Kyle Sterbinsky, a freshman from Yardley and a former Peddie School standout, continued his strong postseason play with an even-par 70 that left him in a tie for 16th. He helped the Demon Deacons post a 9-over 289 total that has them tied for 12th in the team standings.