CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Freshman Ethan Davidson shot 74 to finish 2-over and lead the Sacramento State men's golf team during the first round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Sunday at Cedar Rapids Country Club.
Davidson, who was making his collegiate debut, started on the 10th tee and parred his first six holes. He then birdied the par-4 16th and 17th before making the turn even following a double bogey on the par-4 18th. Davidson moved over par for the first time with a bogey on the par-4 second and later stood at 3-over with bogeys on Nos. 3 and 8. However, he closed with a birdie on the par-5 ninth.
Eric Olsem and Landon Azevedo recorded rounds of 76 to tie for second on the team. Olsem was even on the back nine with a bogey on the par-4 13th and a birdie on the par-4 17th. The junior played the front nine at 4-over with four bogeys and five pars.
Azevedo returned to the lineup for the first time since the spring of 2017. The senior had three bogeys and six pars in his first nine holes to make the turn at 3-over. He eventually moved to 5-over before a birdie on the par-4 seventh.
Frehman Riley Bell also competed in his first round as a Hornet and shot 79. Bell and a pair of double bogeys in his first five holes. He played his final 13 holes at 3-over with a birdie on the par-5 sixth and four bogeys.
Jeff Carr completed the lineup with an 82. Carr had two birdies, eight bogeys and two double bogeys.
Arkansas State opened a four-stroke lead in the team standings after shooting 11-under during the first round. ASU is followed by Jacksonville (-7), Iowa (-6), San Jose State (-5) and Campbell (-1) in the top five.
The tournament continues with single rounds on Monday and Tuesday. Sacramento State will be paired with Furman and Arkansas State during the second round. The teams will go off the 10th tee starting at 7:45 a.m. PT.
GOLFWEEK CONFERENCE CHALLENGE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa || Cedar Rapids CC
Par 72 || 7,071 Yards
1. Arkansas State 277
2. Jacksonville 281
3. Iowa 282
4. San Jose State 283
5. Campbell 287
6. Kansas State 288
7. Southern Illinois 289
8. Furman 292
T9. Ball State 293
T9. UCLA 293
T11. Jacksonville State 295
T11. Loyola Marymount 295
13. Boston College 297
14. Dayton 299
15. UTEP 301
16. SACRAMENTO STATE 305
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Thomas Thurloway, JU, 66
2. Gonzalo Leal, IOWA, 67
3. Joel Wendin, ARK ST, 68
T4. Keegan Bronnenberg, BSU, 69
T4. Sean Yu, SJSU, 69
T4. Raymond Navis, LMU, 69
T4. Julien Sale, ARK ST, 69
T4. Aaron DeNucci, IOWA, 69
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T43. Ethan Davidson 74
T64. Eric Oslem 76
T64. Landon Azevedo 76
T77. Riley Bell 79
T84. Jeff Carr 82
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