LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. (Dec. 29, 2013) -- Tim Crouch of Florida Southern fired a 4-under 66 and holds a one-shot lead after the first round of play at the 2013 Patriot All-America at the Wigwam Resort's Gold Course.
Crouch leads a field loaded with 2012-2013 All-Americans from all divisions entering the second of three rounds on Monday.
Crouch tallied four birdies, including a three on the 426-yard par-4 18th to put him a shot up on the field.
“Basically, I wanted to get off to a good start," said Crouch. “I got off to a little shaky start with a bogey on No. 3 that put me 1-over after three holes. I was able to calm down, relax and play my game. I birdied No. 5 - the par 4 there — and was able to rattle off four or five birdies between seven and 14. I played pretty well through that stretch. I just wanted to get into the house with 16, 17 and 18 being pretty tough holes. I have a good feeling getting one in but I’ve got a lot more work to do.”
Air Force's Kyle Westmoreland shot 3-under 67 and sits alone in second place. He was pacing the field before a pair of bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18 to close out his round.
Defending champion Sebastian Cappelen of Arkansas is among five players tied for fifth place at 1-under 69. Cappelen joins Florida State's Hank Lebioda, Matt Weeks, Cal's Pace Johnson and Texas A&M's Ty Dunlap.
Launched in 2012 to keep collegiate golfers in action during what's widely considered college football bowl season, the Patriot All-America field is comprised of 84 of the previous season's Ping All-Americans from all three NCAA divisions as well as recognized All-Americans from the NAIA, NJCAA and AJGA.
The 54-hole event is put on by the Arizona Golf Association, the Golf Coaches Association of America and the Wigwam Golf Resort and goes to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation.
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