LAHAINA, Hawaii — Devyn Fitchhorn and Ash Patel each shot a 1-under par round of 70 during the first round of the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic on Friday at Ka'anapali Golf Club. Fitchhorn's efforts were the best on the team and helped the Hornets tie for 16th place during the first of three rounds. Patel was competing as an individual and is tied for 45th in the field.
Fitchhorn was never more than 1-over or 1-under during the round. He began the tournament on the 14th hole and was 1-over after a bogey on the par-3 15th. He returned to even following a birdie on the par-3 17th. After three consecutive pars, he alternated bogeys and birdies over the next four holes to stay even. Five more pars came before a birdie on the par-4 12th and he ended his round with a par on No. 13.
Patel jumped out to a quick start with a pair of birdies on his first three holes (Nos. 1 and 2). After a bogey on two pars, he also eagled No. 6 and followed with birdies on the par-4 seventh and par-3 eighth to drop to 5-under. However, he had four bogeys with a birdie over his final nine holes to finish at 1-under. His round of 70 ties his best at Sacramento State and marks the fourth time he's recorded the score this fall.
Jeff Carr ranked second on the team with an even-par round of 71. The freshman had to scramble after starting with a triple-bogey on the par-3 15th. He played his next eight holes at even and then surged with birdies on the par-5 sixth and par-4 seventh. After a par, he eagled the 485-yard par-5 ninth to drop to 1-under par. Carr parred his next three holes but closed at even with a bogey on the par-4 13th.
Eric Olsem shot 72 to finish at 1-over par. Olsem was 2-over through his first six holes before recording a birdie on the par-5 first. He stayed at 1-over through the ninth hole with a bogey on the par-4 fifth and a birdie on the par-5 sixth. Olsem moved to 2-over with a bogey on No. 10 but birdied his final hole (No. 12) to tie his best round of the season.
Freshman Zak Sievers' round featured a little of everything on Friday. The freshman started with a double bogey on the par-3 15th and followed that with birdies bookending a pair of bogeys over the next four holes. After three pars, he bogeyed the par-4 fifth but added an eagle on the par-5 sixth to stay at 1-over. Sievers jumped to 3-over after three bogeys in a four hole stretch which also included a birdie on the par-5 ninth.
Senior Zach Liberatore completed the lineup by shooting 75. Liberatore had three birdies during his round but also had a four bogeys and a triple bogey.
As a team, the Hornets were 3-over during the round but are 21 shots off the lead in a star-studded field. Cal, which is ranked 15th in the nation, shot 18-under and holds a 2-stroke lead over 12th-ranked LSU and 40th-ranked South Carolina. Wyoming's Drew McCullough holds the individual lead with a round of 63.
The second round will have a shotgun start at 11:30 PT on Saturday where the Hornets will be paired with Wyoming, West Virginia and Ball State.
KA'ANAPALI COLLEGIATE CLASSIC
Ka'anapali GC | Lahaina, Hawaii
Par 71 | 6,700 Yards
1. California 266
T2. LSU 268
T2. South Carolina 268
4. Kent State 272
5. West Virginia 274
T6. Houston 275
T6. Boise State 275
T8. Pepperdine 276
T8. Indiana 276
T8. Georgia 276
11. Kansas 277
12. Wyoming 278
13. Connecticut 279
14. Bowling Green State 282
15. Hawaii 286
T16. SACRAMENTO STATE 287
T16. Loyola Marymount 287
T16. Air Force 287
T16. Ball State 287
21. Hawaii "B"
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Drew McCullough, WYO, 63
T2. Luis Gagne, LSU, 64
T2. Colin Morikawa, CAL, 64
T2. Brian Humphreys, BSU, 64
5. Scott Stevens, SC, 65
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T45. Devyn Fitchhorn 70
T45. Ash Patel 70
T54. Jeff Carr 71
T65. Eric Olsem 72
T86. Zak Sievers 74
T98. Zach Liberatore 75
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