MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University’s lone representative at Monday’s opening round of the NCAA Regional Tournament at TPC Myrtle Beach is making Chant fans proud.
“He’s one of the best players in the country and we expect him to compete this week and he’s off to a good start,” said CCU Golf coach Jim Garren.
Coastal Carolina junior Zack Taylor carded a first round 68, -4 under par, to place in a tie for second-place overall on the player leaderboard after day one.
Taylor spoke candidly after his first round about his familiarity of the course giving him an advantage against the competition.
“I feel more comfortable because I know the holes that you can make the birdies on, there’s a good bit of them,” Taylor said. He also joked that the home cooking and sleeping in his own bed added fuel to the fire.
Taylor finished the day in a four-way for second-place overall at 68, -4 under par, and is just one stroke of the first round leader, Adrien Dumont de Chassart of Illinois (67, -5).
The first-year Chant opened up his round with back-to-back birdies on holes No. 1 and 2, and then had a great up and down to save par on hole No. 3 to stay at -2 under par before adding another birdie on the par 4 No. 8 to shoot a 33, -3 under par, on the front nine.
Taylor bounced back from a bogey on No. 11, with birdies on holes No. 12 and 14 to go to -4 under par with four holes to play. He would then close out the first round with four-straight pars to shoot a 35, -1 under par, on the back nine to finish with his round of 68.
The Chant golfer is scheduled to tee off round two of the three day event on Tuesday morning at 10:04 a.m.