published Sunday, May 25th, 2014

UTC's Robb finishes opening 69 in NCAAs

Weather has wrecked the first two days of the NCAA men's Division I golf championship tournament, which includes University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Chris Robb.

Playing as an individual, he completed three holes Friday and the rest of his first round Saturday, resulting in a 1-under-par 69 and a tie for 30th place at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

Then he had the rest of the day off.

Robb is scheduled to start the second round at about 10 this morning and then start another 18 holes with the hope that he and the other 155 participants can be through 54 holes by dark.

The top 40 and ties after 54 holes will play Monday for the NCAA medalist trophy.

"It's the same game plan," Robb said in a UTC release. "Hit all the greens I can and the fairways. That's crucial out here. That's the game plan: Keep it simple."

He had three birdies and two bogeys during his first 18 holes. He opened his Saturday with a birdie on No. 14. He then bogeyed No. 18, birdied No. 2, bogeyed No. 3, birdied No. 7 and closed with two pars.

"Chris hit it really good today," UTC coach Mark Guhne said in the release. "I think Chris hit 15 greens, and we never had to go look for a golf ball, which is great out here. This golf course is really tough when you miss the fairway. If he can keep that up, he's going to have a great tournament."

Cameron Wilson of Stanford and Will Starke are tied for the overnight lead at 6 under par. But Wilson has played 36 holes and Starke has played just one round.

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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