Hudson Johnson birdied three of his final five holes and Vanderbilt was in 10th place  after the first round of the NCAA Men’s Central Regional on Thursday in Alvation, Ky.
Johnson, a junior, overcame an earlier stretch of three straight bogeys and finished 3-over  (75) at The Club at Olde Stone, which was tied for second-best among the Commodores.
Senior Jon Curran was even par for his final 12 holes and finished 2-over . Sophomore Ryan Haselden joined Johnson at 3-over  in a round that included eight pars and one birdie on Nos. 1-9, his back nine.
All three were among the top 40 individuals in the field of 75.
Washington was comfortably in front with a team score of 6-under, 10 strokes better than second-place Georgia Tech. Ole Miss and Louisville were tied for fifth at 8-over, nine strokes ahead of Vanderbilt.
The top five teams after four rounds will advance to the NCAA Championship.
TREVECCA MOVES UP
Ashley Birdwell made two birdies and shot a team-best 9-over  (81) as Trevecca Nazarene moved up two spots in the third round of the NAIA Women’s Championship in Grand Rapids, S.D.
The Lady Trojans had their best collective score of the event (338), improved to 22nd  in the team standings but failed to advance to Friday’s final round. The top 17 teams made the cut.
Birdwell, the TranSouth Conference Player of the Year, was Trevecca’s top finisher at 35-over. Betsy Beaver was next at 38-over following a final round 11-over  (83). Both players finished among the top 100 in the field of 144.
All four Lady Trojans made at least one birdie on the day.
LIPSCOMB SIGNS TWO
Alex Cox of Old Hickory, and Blanton Farmer of Lexington, Ky. signed national letters-of-intent with the Lipscomb men’s team, coach Buddy Harston said.
Cox played for Goodpasture and was a two-year captain. In 2006, he was part of the second-place team in the 2006 TSSAA Championship.
Farmer was the Lexington Christian Academy most valuable player each of the last two years.