PATEL LEADS MEN'S GOLF IN OPENING DAY OF NIT

PATEL LEADS MEN'S GOLF IN OPENING DAY OF NIT

TUCSON, Ariz. —The Sacramento State men's golf team nearly completed the first two rounds of the National Invitational Tournament on Monday at OMNI Tucson National Golf Course. However, darkness set in on Sunday evening leaving the team with two holes to play on Monday before the third round begins.

Ash Patel led the team in the first round with a 2-under par round of 70. Patel is 1-over in the second round and is tied for 35th place. During the first round, he started with a birdie on the par-4 14th and was even through his first five holes. Patel birdied the first and second and remained under par for the rest of the round. He tallied six birdies and had four bogeys in the opening round. Patel has two birdies and three bogeys through 16 holes of the afternoon round.

Wonje Choi started with five consecutive pars but jumped to 3-over with a triple bogey on the 18th. He birdied the par-5 second and par-4 third to get back to 1-over before a bogey on the par-4 fifth took him to 2-over. Choi parred his final seven holes of the round. He extended his streak to 10 straight pars at the start of the second round. That streak was snapped with a bogey on the 16th and a double bogey on the 18th. Choi recovered with birdies on Nos. 1, 2 and 6 to get back to even. Bogeys on the par-3 seventh and par-4 ninth were followed by a birdie on the par-5 10th before the round was halted.

Eric Olsem and Devyn Fitchhorn completed the team score in the opening round with rounds of 76. Olsem had three bogeys on his first six holes but returned to 1-over with birdies on Nos. 2 and 4. After a pair of pars, he bogeyed three of his last seven holes. Fitchhorn had birdies on the par-5 second and 10th holes as well as the par-4 11th. He also had five bogeys and a double bogey in the round. Olsem is 2-over in the second round with a birdie, a bogey and a double bogey in his 16 holes. Fitchhorn is 5-over with a pair of birdies, four bogeys and a quadruple bogey.

Jeff Carr shot 81 in the first round but leads the team in the second round at even par. He had four birdies and four bogeys during the afternoon but was never more than 1-under or 1-over during the round.

The tournament features five teams ranked in the top 50. UNLV leads Arizona State by two strokes. The Rebels are 25-under during the second round to move past ASU.

NATIONAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Tucson, Ariz. | OMNI Tucson National
Par 72 | 7,200 Yards

TEAM SCORES
1. UNLV 278-(-25)=-35
2. Arizona State 267-(-12)=-33
3. Arizona 279-(-16)=-25
4. Iowa State 281-(-9)=-16
5. Colorado State 282-(-6)=-12
6. Nevada 280-(-3)=-11
T7. UTEP 284-(-6)=-10
T7. North Texas 281-(-3)=-10
9. Santa Clara 292-(-6)=-2
10. New Mexico State 292-(-5)=-1
11. San Diego 284-(+7)=+3
12. Utah 291-(+1)=+4
13. Rutgers 294-(-1)=+5
14. Wyoming 290-(+5)=+7
15. SACRAMENTO STATE 296-(+4)=+12
16. Princeton 299-(+2)=+13

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Shintaro Ban, UNLV, 68-(-8)=-12
2. Chun An Yu, ASU, 63-(-2)=-11
T3. Trevor Werbylo, ARIZ, 70-(-7)=-9
T3. Jack Trent, UNLV, 70-(-7)=-9
T3. Denzel Ieremia, ISU, 70-(-7)=-9

SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T35. Ash Patel 70-(+1)=-1
T61. Wonje Choi 74-(+1)=+3
T76. Eric Olsem 76-(+2)=+6
T83. Jeff Carr 81-(E)=+6
T83. Devyn Fitchhorn 76-(+5)=+9