Macon products tied at NCAA regional

Macon products Russell Henley and Taylor Floyd are tied for 30th at even-par after Thursday’s first round of the NCAA’s Southeast Regional in Sorrento, Fla.

Henley, a Stratford product and sophomore with top-ranked Georgia, had three birdies and three bogeys on the front nine of the RedTail Golf Club layout. He rounded out his day with one birdie and one bogey on the back. Henley will tee off at 10:40 a.m. today in the second round of the three-round event.

Floyd, an FPD product and freshman with Augusta State, had a birdie on the first hole, then followed that up with a bogey and seven straight pars on the front. On the back, he had two birdies and two bogeys. Floyd will tee off at 10:20 a.m. today.

Behind the two Macon stars, the Bulldogs and Jaguars both shot rounds of 2-under-par 282. They are tied for seventh, 14 shots behind Central Florida. The top five teams in each of the six regionals advance to the NCAA championship later this month.

Mercer’s Bill Jones III, playing as an individual in the event, is tied with Henley and Floyd after a round of 71. Jones was at 3 over after 13 holes, but he birdied three of the final five holes to get back to even. Jones will tee off at 9:10 a.m. today.

Georgia Tech is playing in the Central Regional and is tied for second after the first day. The Yellow Jackets matched UCLA at 4 over at The Club at Olde Stone in Alvaton, Ky. Georgia Tech and UCLA are 10 shots behind Washington.