STOCKTON, Calif. — A career best 4-under par round of 67 from Eric Olsem lifted the Sacramento State men's golf team into a tie for fifth place following the first round of the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational on Thursday at Stockton Country Club.
The Hornets shot 281 as a team to finish at 3-under par. That mark ties Sacramento State with No. 40 Nevada, and Long Beach State for fifth place. San Jose State was 13-under during the opening day and built a 4-stroke lead over BYU atop the leaderboard. San Francisco is third at 278 while Saint Mary's is fourth at 280.
All five Hornet golfers in the lineup began the tournament off the 10th tee on Thursday. Olsem birdied the hole and jumped to 2-under with a birdie on the par-4 12th. His one bogey came on the par-4 13th but he made the turn at 3-under with an eagle on the 516-yard par-5 16th. Olsem parred nine consecutive holes and 10 of his last 11. His one exception was on No. 8 where he recorded a birdie to drop to 4-under. The junior's previous low with the Hornets was 72 set last season at the same tournament. He is tied for fourth place and is three strokes behind San Jose State's Kevin Velo for the individual lead.
Landon Azevedo shot 69 to finish at 2-under par. Azevedo began with a bogey on the par-4 10th but dropped to 1-under with birdies on No. 12 and No. 14. After a bogey on the par-3 15th returned him to even, the senior birdied Nos. 16 and 17 to fall to 2-under at the midway point of his round. Azevedo was even on the front nine with birdies on the par-4 fourth and seventh and bogeys on the par-4 fifth and ninth.
Ethan Davidson posted the third under-par round for the team with a 70. The freshman bogeyed two of his first three holes but did not have another bogey for the remainder of the round. He was 1-over at the midway point if his round with the help of a birdie on the par-5 14th. Davidson dropped to even with a birdie on the par-5 second and fell to 1-under after a birdie on the par-4 fifth.
Sophomore Jeff Carr completed the lineup with a round of 75 to finish at 4-over par. Carr had to overcome two bogeys and a triple bogey over his fist six holes. He played the final 12 at 1-under par with birdies on the par-5 16th and par-4 sixth as well as a bogey on the par-4 18th.
The Hornets were also represented by Devyn Fitchhorn and Joe Fowler. Fitchhorn, who was competing as an individual, shot 73 and was 2-over par. He birdied the 10th hole to start his day and was 1-over at the turn following a birdie on the par-4 17th and three bogeys. He dropped to 1-under par after birdies on the par-5 second and par-3 third. However, he closed with three bogeys over his final four holes. Fowler was making his first appearance in the Hornet lineup and had seven bogeys, a double bogey and triple bogey during the round.
VISIT STOCKTON PACIFIC INVITATIONAL
Stockton, Calif. // Stockton CC
Par 71 // 6,480 Yards
1. San Jose State 271
2. BYU 275
3. San Francisco 278
4. Saint Marys 280
T5. SACRAMENTO STATE 281
T5. Nevada 281
T5. Long Beach State 281
8. UC Santa Barbara 282
T9. Pacific 284
T9. South Dakota 284
T11. Grand Canyon 286
T11. UC Irvine 286
13. Cal State Northridge 288
14. UC Riverside 293
15. Cal Baptist 294
16. Fresno State 300
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Kevin Velo, SJSU, 64
T2. Peter Kuest, BYU, 66
T2. Ben Hicks, USD, 66
T4. Eric Olsem, SAC, 67
T4. Tomas Helgo, CSUN, 67
T4. Joey Vrzich, NEV, 67
T4. Brett Bennett, UCSB, 67
T4. Toby Briggs, USF, 67
SACRAMENTO STATE FINISHERS
T4. Eric Olsem 67
T15. Landon Azevedo 69
T25. Ethan Davidson 70
T48. Devyn Fitchhorn 72*
T66. Jeff Carr 75
T88. Joe Fowler 83
*Competed as an individual
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