MEN'S GOLF IN SECOND PLACE, BEVERLY IN THIRD AFTER FIRST ROUND OF BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP

MEN'S GOLF IN SECOND PLACE, BEVERLY IN THIRD AFTER FIRST ROUND OF BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — Aaron Beverly shot a 1-over round of 73 and is in third place and the Sacramento State men's golf is in second place after the first day of the Big Sky Championship at Boulder Creek Golf Club on Friday.

High winds were the story of the day and were reflected in the scores. Weber State took advantage of an early tee time and has sits atop the leaderboard with a team total of 303. The Wildcats were led by Kyler Dearden who's tied for the individual lead at 72. Sacramento State is just one stroke behind WSU after shooting 304 and is followed by Northern Colorado which totaled 306.

"It was a battle out there. The holes that were into the wind were playing three to four clubs longer," Sacramento State head coach Kamdel Brakel said. "Overall I'm happy with where everyone's game is at and we put ourselves in a good position heading into the final two rounds."

Beverly had the low score on the day for Sacramento State throughout his round. The Big Sky Player of the Year eagled the 582-yard par-5 second hole to move to 2-under in the early going. However, he made the turn even following bogeys on the par-4 sixth and seventh holes. A bogey on the 10th took to 1-over where he remained until a birdie on the par-5 13th. He closed with a bogey on the par-4 15th, a birdie on the par-3 17th and a bogey on the par-14 18th.

Wonje Choi is tied for seventh following a round of 76. Choi played the front side of the course on 4-over with bogeys on the first, fourth, sixth and seventh holes. The junior was even on the back nine with the help of birdie on No. 13 as well as the team's lone birdie on the par-4 15th. He did have bogeys on the par-3 12th and 17th.

Robert Parden moved into a tie for 10th place with the help of a birdie on the difficult 18th hole. The senior was one of only to players to birdie the 460-yard par 4 hole which dropped him to 5-over on the day. He started his round with three bogeys on the first four holes before a run of eight consecutive pars on Nos. 5-12. A birdie on No. 13 was followed by a bogey on No. 14 and a double bogey on the par-4 15th. After a par, he bogeyed the par-3 17th before his birdie on 18.

The team also counted a 78 from Devyn Fitchhorn who is tied for 13th place. The freshman opened with a bogey but immediately returned to even with a birdie on the par-5 second. A double bogey on the par-4 third put him in the black from the remainder of the day. He made the turn at 3-over after bogeys on Nos. 6-8. Fitchhorn then parred the next six holes before bogeys on the par-4 15th and par-3 17th and a birdie on the par-5 16th.

The final score for the Hornets came from Landon Azevedo who shot 79 to tie for 16th place. Azevedo played the first nine holes at 6-over with a birdie on the par-5 fifth, five bogeys and a double bogey. He was 1-over on the back nine with birdies on the par-5 13th and 16th, a bogey on the par-414th and a double bogey on 18.

The second round of the three-round tournament will take place on Saturday. The Hornets will be paired in a twosome with Weber State beginning at 7 a.m.

BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP
Boulder City, Nev. | Boulder Creek GC
Par 72 | 7,452 Yards

TEAM STANDINGS
1. Weber State 303
2. SACRAMENTO STATE 304
3. Northern Colorado 306
4. Hartford 309
5. Binghamton 316
6. Southern Utah 319
7. Idaho 326
8. North Dakota 352

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
T1. Joshua Matz, UNC, 72
T1. Kyler Dearden, WSU, 72
3. Aaron Beverly, SAC, 73
4. Coby Welch, UNC, 74
T5. Alex Herzog, WSU, 75
T5. Elias Gross, UH, 75

SACRAMENTO STATE FINISHERS
3. Aaron Beverly 73
T7. Wonje Choi 76
T10. Robert Parden 77
T13. Devyn Fitchhorn 78
T16. Landon Azevedo 79