FRANKLIN, Tennessee – UNCW sophomore Patrick Cover carded a career-low tying 67 in the opening round on Monday and is in fifth place at the NCAA Franklin Regional at the Vanderbilt Legends course.
Fellow sophomore Thomas Eldridge is also in the top-20, tied for 15th overall following a two-under-par 70.
Cover, who matched his career-low set in the middle round of the Colonial Athletic Association championship last month, posted six birdies and just one bogey, coming on hole number eight. He split his birdies between the front and back nine. His five-under-par 67 was also a UNCW record at the NCAA tournament, besting a pair of 69's by Stefan Brewer and Josh Brock at the East Regional in 2010.
Eldridge, meanwhile, is tied for 15th, but is just three strokes behind Cover. He posted two birdies on the front and two more on the back and converted an eagle on the seventh hole, a par 5 measuring 508 yards. Eldridge finished the front nine three-under, but was one-over on the second nine. His 70 is tied for fifth lowest score in UNCW's NCAA tournament history, last equaled by Payne McCleod and Ryan Nagy in 2012 in Athens, Ga.
Doug Ghim leads the pack after carding an eight-under 64 on the first 18 holes and holds a one-stroke lead over Michael Perras of Houston, Carl Yuan of Washington and UT teammate Taylor Funk.