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    NCAA Men's Golf First-Round Suspended; Tom Johnson is 1-Under After 10 Holes

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Tom Johnson was tied for 21st when play was suspended Wednesday.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Tom Johnson was tied for 21st when play was suspended Wednesday.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    May 29, 2002

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Due to heavy rains, the first round of the 2002 NCAA Men's Golf Championships was suspended at 3:26 p.m. (CDT) Wednesday, forcing the afternoon wave of 15 teams off The Ohio State University Scarlet Course.

    On the course at the time was Northwestern's Tom Johnson (Fair Oaks, Calif./Del Campo), one of six individuals who qualified for the national tournament. He is presently tied for 21st place with a 1-under-par through 10 holes. Johnson bogeyed his first hole of the day before securing three birdies and five pars on the rest of the front nine. He started the back nine like he did the front -- with a bogey.

    Half the field completed play. The morning wave of 15 teams finished on schedule despite a brief period of morning rain. Colorado shot a 4-under par team score of 280 to lead the tournament following the completion of the morning wave.

    The University of Illinois was leading the event when play was suspended in the afternoon at 9-under par. Georgia Tech is second at 8-under. Illinois completed 10 holes and Georgia Tech completed 13 holes.

    Ben Portie, a senior from Colorado, is the leader in the clubhouse with a 5-under 66. Sophomore Brock Mackenzie of Washington was 5-under through 14 holes when play was suspended.

    Donnie Wagner, NCAA liaison for the men's golf championship, said the condition of the course prompted the end of first round play. "The bunkers were under water which caused the major problem," Wagner said. "We're going to start tomorrow morning, tentatively at 7 a.m."

    For more information on the tournament, and to follow Johnson's daily rounds, visit Golfstat Live and Ohio State web site.