NCAA Men's Golf Regional Day 1 Quotes



May 15, 2014

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Alan Booth, Oklahoma State Head Coach

On his team's performance today...
"I only saw one of the kids play, but we like the golf course. It's in really good condition and the greens are perfect, so it's right for scoring. It was nice that we got to go out early and we made some birdies, so overall it was good. Our guys like the golf course, so hopefully we can keep putting up scores like this."

On maintaining their lead through the next few rounds...
"I think we just have to keep doing what we're doing. I only saw my one kid play, but the others obviously did some good stuff today and that's the kind of start we wanted. Every day is a new start. We've just got to keep the hammer down."

Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State Golfer (Round One Leader)

On his play today...
"I just kind of did my game plan. I hit a lot of fairways and greens. I think I only missed one green so that's what you want to do out here. The greens are so good that you can make putts and I made a couple of long ones today. Otherwise, I just kept going all day."

On the regional's competition level...
"I haven't seen the scores yet, but there's a lot of good teams here. It's a really deep field. There are a couple of guys from our conference from Iowa State and teams like that. They got eight and nine seeds. There are a lot of good teams out here so you've got to compete with all of those teams."

Mark Leroux, Mizzou Head Coach

On expectations and what was working for the team...
"I don't know if they exceeded expectations, but they played well as a team and it got tough after that rain came through because the wind really picked up. I think they played up to their standards and it was pretty good round for the Tigers."

On the competition...
"They're all really good teams. From the outside looking in, it looked like everyone was struggling a little today so I was kind of surprised that the scores were as low as they were."

On continuing play the rest of the regional...
"This is a marathon. Literally, it's going to be 60 hours after you hit the first shot that we know the final results. It's not a sprint where it's a once around the track thing. We played well today, but we have to compete at that same level or better over the next two rounds."

Ryan Zech, Mizzou Golfer

On what was working for him...
"Obviously, familiarity with the course helps. We're very comfortable here. I got a few good breaks, which usually happens when you're playing well. I really just tried to take advantage of the good opportunities that I had."

On his success during postseason play...
"I love to compete. I think that's one thing that our coaches kind of like about me. Other than that, I have learned from guys before me about the importance of preparation and I try to take that to the bigger events."

Hunter Kraus, Mizzou Golfer

On what shots worked...
"I putted pretty well today. When the putts are coming off straight, you know that you have a little more room for error on other shots. I didn't hit very well today, so I just need to relax and hit it better tomorrow."

On the home course advantage...
"It's a huge advantage, and on a day like today with the wind switching and the weird weather, I think it really helped. If the wind is one way, we know where to hit it and if the wind is the other way, we still know where to hit it. These guys have only seen one wind so it was a big advantage today."



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