Pioneers, Burrows open NCAA Regional play

Denver's Cal McCoy opened Stanford Regional play with a 68 (-2) on Monday.
Denver's Cal McCoy opened Stanford Regional play with a 68 (-2) on Monday.

Parts of this release courtesy DenverPioneers.com and ORUAthletics.com

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- 
Summit League Championship MVP Cal McCoy was the top Pioneer during the opening round of the Stanford Regional and has Denver is tied for 10th in the team standings, just six strokes out of a qualifying spot for the NCAA Championship. There are still 36 holes to play, but McCoy got off to a fast start, shooting a 68 (-2) on the Par-70 layout at the Stanford Golf Course.

McCoy's efforts helped Du shoot an opening round 288 (+8) as the Pios also got a solid round from senior Eric Hagen, who carded a 71 (+1).

The host Cardinal is in first place after an opening-round 274 (-6) while UNCG is just a stroke off that pace at 275 (-5). The top five teams all qualify for the NCAA championship and South Florida and Ole Miss are tied for that coveted spot after 282 (+2) totals in round one. The Pioneers are one of five teams within six shots of the Bulls and Rebels.

"Today was one of those days where we were so close to putting together a great team round," DU head coach Erik Billinger said. "Cal played awesome and shot a 68 and Hagen played really solid and shot 71. Tomorrow, we just need to come out and have a complete team round to move up this competitive leaderboard."

Oral Roberts senior Cody Burrows also opened postseason play as an individual at the NCAA Austin Regional. Burrows was The Summit League's stroke average leader during the regular season at 71.5 and opened play with a 78 (+7) that featured an even-par 36 on the second nine at the University of Texas Golf Club.

The Pioneers and Burrows will both resume play with second-round action on Tuesday.

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