May 5, 2014 8:16 PM by Jordan Mason
AUSTIN, Texas - Dustin Dalzell shot a season-best 72 and finished the first round with back-to-back birdies to lead the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Division II West / South Central Region Championships at Grey Rock Golf Club. The Mountain Lions are tied for sixth out of 20 teams with a team score of 300 for 12-over par.
Dalzell's 72 was his first performance this season at or below par, and it was best performance in relation to par by two strokes. He is tied for seventh in the individual standings and is three strokes behind the leaders.
Joey Hearn also finished the first round with back-to-back birdies to finish with a 75 for 3-over par. He opened the round with birdies on two of the first four holes and was tied for the team lead after the first nine at 1-over. It was his best round of the course this season when the Mountain Lions competed in the St. Edward's Invitational in March.
Stephen Cook overcame a rough start with double bogeys on holes 3 and 6 to finish at 4-over par at 76. Patrick Skakel improved by one stroke in the back nine to finish with a 77 for the final team score for the Mountain Lions in today's round.
UCCS is tied with Hawaii-Hilo and is one stroke behind fifth-place Cameron. The top six teams after the three rounds of the regional championships will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships May 19-23 in Allendale, Mich.
The Mountain Lions will tee off at 7:20 a.m., MDT, from hole 10 for the second round.