July 14, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State men’s golf signee Lucas Bjerregaard shot a three over par 73 and is in a tie for 91st place after the first round of the 140th British Open at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England. Competing in his first career major tournament, Bjerregaard carded 14 holes at par or better with two birdies. He birdied two of his final three holes and, at one point, carded six consecutive pars on holes 10 through 15.
Bjerregaard is in currently in fourth place among the five amateurs playing in the event as he competes for not only the individual championship but the Silver Medal which is awarded to the leading amateur playing in the event. Bjerregaard needs to make up six strokes as he trails fellow amateurs Tom Lewis (the co-leader with a first round 65), Bryden Macpherson of Australia (tied for 51st, 71) and American Peter Uihlein (tied for 51st, 71) in the standings. He is ahead of Craig Hinton (tied for 155th, 82) among the five amateurs in the field.
Bjerregaard qualified to play in the British Open as he won the 2010 European Amateur Championship in 2010. He became only the second player from Denmark to win the European Amateur Championship. He is expected to become an instant member of the Seminoles’ starting line-up upon his arrival as a freshman and is currently the No. 36 ranked scratch player in the World Amateur Rankings.
Bjerregaard will tee off at 2:47 am ET on Thursday with the same two players in his threesome – Trevor Immelman and Brandt Snedeker. Immelman is in a tie for 36th place after shooting an even par 70 while Snedeker is in a tie for 126th place after carding a five over par 75.
Lewis and Thomas Bjorn on Denmark are the tournament co-leaders after the first round as they both shot five under par scores of 65.