BATON ROUGE, La. (5/5/17) – Arkansas State freshman golfer Zan Luka Stirn completed his first round competition at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Golf Tournament in a tie for 32nd after firing a 3-over-par 75 at The University Club golf course.
Stirn, one of five individuals selected to compete at the regional, remained at even par through much of the early part of his round until a double-bogey on the par-3, eighth role sent the reigning Sun Belt Freshman of the Year to two-over par on the day.
A bogey on the ninth, 10th and 12th holes put him a five-over, before he rebounded with birdies on holes 15 and 17 to finish his afternoon at 3-over par and in a tie of 32nd place.
Stirn is just the third A-State men's golfer to ever compete as an individual at an NCAA Regional Tournament. Lloyd du Preez participated in the 2010 NCAA Regionals and Zoltan Veress participated in both 1998 and 1999.
The native of Kranj, Slovenia is nine shots back of the tournament's leader, Sam Burns of LSU, who turned in a score of seven-under par, 65. Stirn must finish as one of the top-5 individuals who are not on a team advancing to the NCAA finals, to punch his ticket the finals at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., May 26-31.
Round two of the Baton Rogue NCAA Regional will get underway Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Those wishing to follow Stirn's progress can log onto GolfStat.com to view live scoring of the event.