Goetz completes first round at NCAA Noblesville Regional

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Senior is first Mountaineer to reach a regional as an individual qualifier

WVU golfer Mark Goetz is tied for 33rd place after the opening round of the NCAA Noblesville Regional at Sagamore Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana. 

Goetz finished the opening round of this 75-player, three-day event with a 2-over-par 74. 

The Mountaineer senior finished the front nine at 2-under and carded three birdies. That was good for a tie for fifth place:

But Goetz was less successful on the back nine. A double-bogey on the 11th hole took him back to even. He later bogeyed three holes in a row after another birdie to take his score to 2-over for the round. 

Goetz tallied four birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on the day. 

Goetz is competing as an individual qualifier at this NCAA Regional, becoming the first Mountaineer in program history to achieve that distinction. He is tied for fifth among individuals not on an advancing team, is four shots behind the top individual not on an advancing team and six shots behind on the overall leader.

Competition at the Noblesville Regional will continue Tuesday and Wednesday. Goetz will tee off at 10:12 a.m. ET Tuesday for his second 18-hole round.

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