May 19, 2006
Bucknell and Army sit in 25th and 27th place, respectively, after the first day of the NCAA Men's Golf Regionals. The Bison shot a 297 on the day after the first three rounds in the West Region in Arizona, while the Black Knights scored a 314 after the first round of competition in the East Region in Florida.
For the first time in League history, two teams have moved onto the NCAA Men's Golf Tournament, with Bucknell earning the automatic qualifier after capturing its first-ever Patriot League championship last month. The trip is also the first NCAA appearance for the Bison since 1961.
Army meanwhile is making its third-straight appearance, and fourth in the last five years after receiving the first at-large berth in Patriot League history for the NCAA Men's Golf Regionals.
Ben Pellicani leads Bucknell with a one-under-par 71 at the Omni Tucson National Resort and Spa in Tucson, Ariz. Chas Wagner and Keita Aoki both followed with a three-over-par 75 for the Bison.
Austin Luher led the Cadets a one-over-par 73 and tied for 27th place after the first day of competition at the Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Army's Joey Cave shot a four-over-par 76 and is tied for 66th place.
Bucknell was seeded 27th in the West while Army was seeded 25th in the East.
Army entered the Tournament as the 26th-seed after receiving an at-large selection to the 90-team field.
Go to www.golfstat.com for up-to-date NCAA Regional results.