Liberty's Isaiah Logue (Photo provided by Jeffrey A. Camarati/UNC Director of Photography)
Liberty's Isaiah Logue struggled on the first two and last two holes during the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Chapel Hill Regional on Thursday.
Logue, the Big South Men's Golf Freshman of the Year, posted a double bogey on No. 1 (par 4, 430 yards) and No. 18 (par 4, 456 yards). He also posted bogeys on No. 2 (par 4, 355 yards) and No. 17 (par 5, 560 yards), finishing the day with a 6-over par 78.
The native of Fairfield, Pa., played the 14 holes between the opening and close stretch of the UNC Finley Golf Course (par 72, 7,242 yards) at level par golf. Following the first day of action, Logue stands tied for 69th place in the 75-man Regional field.
Logue is competing in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional as an individual and he is the fourth player in program history to be selected as an individual to an NCAA Regional field.
The low individual from each of the six NCAA Regionals, not on one of the teams that advances to the NCAA Championship, will qualify to play for the individual national title. The 2015 NCAA Men's Golf National Championship will be conducted May 29 - June 3 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
The low individual not playing for one of the top five teams in the 13-team field is currently Kennesaw State's Fredrik Nilehn. He is tied for third place overall following a 4-under par 68.
Logue's day got off to a rough start when the rookie pushed his opening drive out of bounds at No. 1 to begin the round with a double bogey.
The freshman's approach at No. 2 fell short of the elevated green and he was unable to get up and down to save par, sending him to 3-over par after two holes.
Logue quickly got two of those strokes back, posting back-to-back birdies at No. 3 (par 5, 560 yards) and No. 4 (par 412 yards).
Logue, who entered the event ranked No. 17 in the country in par-5 scoring, sank a 12-foot birdie putt from the right side of the green to start to get back on track.
He left his approach below the hole at No. 4 and was able to drain an 18-foot uphill birdie putt to get back within one shot of even on the day.
The freshman missed the green left at the par-3, No. 5 hole (224 yards) and his chip checked up 14 feet short of the hole. He missed the par save attempt, dropping back to 2-over for the day.
Logue's score remained unchanged until No. 10 (par 4, 444 yards). His birdie try from the lower tier on the difficult dogleg right sailed seven feet past the hole and he dropped another shot with his first of two three putts of the day.
Logue, who hit 12-of-18 greens on the day, had some birdie looks during the next several holes, but each was at a length of 20 feet or more.
The freshman was 50 yards short of reaching the green in two at No. 17, but he missed right, leaving him a challenging chip from well below the hole. Logue left the chip on the lower tier of the green and his putt went 18 feet past the hole, costing him another shot.
On the UNC Finley Golf Course's home hole, Logue's approach to the No. 18 green missed right and was buried in the bunker. After blasting out well past the hole, Logue was unable to make the lengthy bogey putt to drop two more shorts.
The round proved to be Logue's highest 18-hole total of the spring semester and third highest round of his rookie season.
Besides hitting 12-of-18 greens, Logue finished the round hitting 12-of-14 fairways and with 34 total putts.
No. 50 Charlotte leads the 13-team field after blitzing the Regional with a 13-under par 275. No. 37 Florida is in second place with a 7-under par 281, followed by No. 1 Florida and No. 36 Clemson, who both posted a 4-under par 284.
Tournament host and No. 19 North Carolina stands in the coveted fifth place position following a 2-under par 286. The top five teams in each of the six NCAA Regionals will advance to the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship.
No. 24 Kennesaw State is currently in sixth place, one shot behind the Tar Heels with a 1-under par 287.
A total of 21 players posted scored in red figures on Thursday, led by North Carolina's William Register, who posted a 6-under par 66. He is followed by Clemson's Billy Kennerly, who carded a 5-under par 67, and six players who carded a 4-under par 68.
Logue will return to the UNC Finley Golf Course, tomorrow morning, for his second round of the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional. The freshman will be sent off the No. 10 tee (par 4, 444 yards) at 9:50 a.m., along with Loyola – Maryland's Bart George and Mercer's Trey Rule.
Golfstat.com will once again provide live team and individual leaderboards during tomorrow's rounds. @LUGameDay will be one the course providing more in-depth cover of Logue as he looks to improve upon his first-ever NCAA Regional experience.
Photos provided by Jeffrey A. Camarati/UNC Director of Photography