STOCKTON, Calif. — Freshman Jeff Carr had his best collegiate round but, unfortunately for the Sacramento State men's golf team, it came as an individual during the first round of the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational on Thursday at The Reserve at Spanos Park.
Carr is tied for 29th place after shooting 1-under par during the opening round. Carr started the tournament with six pars and made the turn at 1-under following a birdie on the par-5 16th and two more pars. He moved to 2-under with a birdie on the par-4 first but returned to 1-under following a bogey on the par-3 fourth. Carr repeated the pattern with a birdie on the par-4 seventh and a bogey on the par-4 ninth.
As a team, the Hornets are in 19th place after totaling 300 (12-over) on Thursday. Eric Olsem finished at 1-over par to lead the way. The sophomore was 1-over through his first nine holes with a birdie on the par-5 11th and two bogeys on the back nine of the course. He played the front side even with birdies on the par-4 first and fifth and bogeys on the par-3 fourth and eighth holes.
Zach Liberatore shot 74 and is tied for 62nd overall. Liberatore got off to a quick start playing his first nine holes at 1-under with the help of birdies on the par-3 13th and par-4 17th. He eventually was 2-under after starting the second half of his round with a birdie on the par-4 first. However, he bogeyed four of the next five holes to jump to 2-over. He closed with pars on his final three holes.
Devyn Fitchhorn is one stroke back of Liberatore and is tied fir 77th. The sophomore parred his first four holes before bogeys on the par-4 14th and par-3 15th. He added five consecutive pars but then bogeyed two of the next three holes. Fitchhorn was 1-under over his final four holes beginning with a birdie on the par-5 sixth. After a bogey on the par-4 seventh, he birdied the par-3 eighth and ended with a par.
Seniors Ash Patel and Wonje Choi shot 78 and 79, respecitvely. Patel was 4-over through his first four holes with a double bogey on the par-3 13th and two bogeys. He bounced back by playing his next nine holes and 1-under with birdies on the par-5 16th and par-4 third. However, a triple bogey on the fifth hole jumped him to 6-over on the day.
Choi opened play with a birdie on the 10th hole but was 6-over on the next six holes with four bogeys and a double bogey on the par-3 15th. He started the front nine with a pair of bogeys but played his last seven holes even with a birdie and bogey.
Along with Carr, Sacramento State also had Brandon Michaels competing as an individual. Michaels was 2-under through his first seven holes after carding birdies on the par-5 11th and 16th along with the par-4 14th. However, he made the turn at 1-over following a bogey on No. 17 and a double bogey on No. 18. Michaels eventually moved to 3-over after consecutive bogeys on Nos. 3 and 4 but closed with a birdie on the par-4 ninth.
Santa Clara holds the team lead after shooting 9-under as a team during the round. The Broncos, who are ranked 22nd nationally, hold a two-stroke lead over BYU. Denver (282), Grand Canyon (283), Long Beach State (283) and Nevada (283) are all within four strokes of the lead.
Grand Canyon's Filip Lundell was 7-under to build a three-stroke lead in the individual race.
Sacramento State will open the second round at 8:50 a.m. on Friday off the 10th hole. The team will be paired with UC Irvine, UC Riverside and Pacific's B team.
VISIT STOCKTON PACIFIC INVITATIONAL
The Reserve at Spanos Park | Stockton, Calif.
Par 72 | 7,082 Yards
1. Santa Clara 279
2. BYU 281
3. Denver 282
T4. Grand Canyon 283
T4. Long Beach State 283
T4. Nevada 283
7. South Dakota 285
T8. Saint Mary's 287
T8. Pacific 287
T8. San Jose State 287
T8. UC Riverside 287
12. UC Irvine 288
13. Fresno State 289
T14. Oregon State 290
T14. Seattle 290
T16. Temple 295
T16. Cal State Northridge 295
T16. Boise State 295
19. SACRAMENTO STATE 300
20. Pacific "B" 312
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Filip Lindell, GCU, 65
T2. Tom VIning, USD, 68
T2. Jake Kelley, DU, 68
T2. Alex Lee, FS, 68
T2. Rhett Rasmussen, BYU, 68
T2. Derek Ackerman, SCU, 68
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T29. Jeff Carr 71*
T45. Eric Olsem 73
T62. Zach Liberatore 74
T62. Brandon Michaels 74*
T77. Devyn Fitchhorn 75
T99. Ash Patel 78
T102. Wonje Choi 79
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