March 9, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The first round of the Seminole Classic ended on Tuesday afternoon as players dealt with inclement weather conditions and gusty winds at the Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, FL. The second round of the day was canceled due to the early weather problems and will be played tomorrow morning at the Golden Eagle Country Club. The tournament will now play a total of 36 holes rather than the originally scheduled 54 holes.
The University of South Carolina is in the lead by nine strokes over North Carolina State University with a one-round total of three-under 285. The Gamecocks had three of only five golfers that shot under-par for the day. Sophomore Kyle Thompson paced the Gamecocks with a three-under 69, while junior Eric Ecker is tied with Brian Pool of South Alabama at two-under par. Pool entered the tournament as the No. 8 player in the nation in stroke average by the Collegiate Golf Foundation.
NC State stands in second place, just three stokes ahead of North Florida and four ahead of Southeastern Louisiana University. Mark Turnesa led the Wolfpack with an even-par 72, tying him with two other golfers. The Ospreys of UNF were led by Cristian Vargas, who posted a one-under par 71.
The host Florida State Seminoles are in 14th place after firing a team score of 306 on Tuesday. Sophomore Kris Hannah carded an even-par 72 to lead the Seminoles and stand tied for sixth place. Senior Craig Cochran and Matt Ackley recorded rounds of 76 after struggling out of the gate. Cochran and Ackley are tied for 35th with several other golfers. Mark Donaldson, the No. 1 player for the Seminoles, struggled after carding a 44 on the front side and finishing with an 82. Brian Hawver rounded out the scoring for the Seminoles with an 83.
Tee times for the second and final round are scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. at the Golden Eagle Country Club. The event is free to the public.
1. South Carolina 285 2. NC State 294 3. North Florida 297 4. Southeastern Louisiana 298 5. Wake Forest 299 South Alabama 299 North Carolina 299
1. Kyle Thompson South Carolina 69 2. Eric Ecker South Carolina 70 Brian Pool South Alabama 70 3. Cristian Vargas North Florida 71 Stewart Ginn* South Carolina 71 *participated as an individual