LAHAINA, Hawaii — The Sacramento State men's golf team gave a glimpse of a bright future as freshmen Joe Folwer and Riley Bell shot 65 and 67, respectively, during the first round of the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic on Friday. Fowler is tied for fourth after the first of three rounds while Bell is tied for ninth.
Sacramento State was 1-under par as a team and sits in 13th place in a 20-team field which includes eight teams ranked in the top 40. Ninth-ranked Clemson abused the course to a tune of 22-under as a team to take the lead. The Tigers are followed by Cal and 16th-ranked Georgia in the top three.
Fowler had a quick start to his round with five birdies over his first six holes. He birdied the par-4 seventh to start his round and after a par, had consecutive birdies on Nos. 9-12. Fowler dropped to 6-under with a birdie on the par-3 15th. His lone non-par or birdie during the round came on the par-3 17th where he had a double bogey. However, he returned to 6-under with birdies on the par-5 first and par-4 third.
Bell was competing as an individual and did not count toward the team total. He started his round on No. 18 and found himself at 1-under with two birdies and a bogey. An eagle on the 460-yard par-5 sixth dropped him to 3-under par. He added birdies on the par-4 10th and par-3 15th before a bogey on the par-3 17th ended his round.
Landon Azevedo had the second lowest number among the team total at 70. Azevedo was never more than a shot away from par during the round. He was 1-under at the midway point of his round with the help of birdies on the par-5 sixth and par-4 12th. Bogeys on the par-4 14th and 16th took him to 1-over but he dropped back below par with an eagle on the 519-yard, par-5 first.
Jeff Carr added an even par round of 71 to rank third on the team. Carr opened play with three pars and then birdied the par-3 eighth and eagled the 485-yard, par-5 ninth. Three bogeys on the back nine brought him back to even. From there, he birdied the par-5 first and bogeyed the par-4 fourth.
Eric Olsem and Ethan Davidson each shot 77 to complete the team score. Olsem had two birdies, four bogeys and a pair of double bogeys. Davidson had a birdie, three bogeys and two double bogeys.
Sacramento State will be paired with Washington, Houston and George Washington on Saturday with a shot gun start at 8:30 a.m.
KA'ANAPALI COLLEGIATE CLASSIC
Lahaina, Hawaii // Ka'anapali GC
Par 71 // 6,700 Yards
1. #9 Clemson 262
2. California 266
3. #16 Georgia 268
T4. Boise State 271
T4. West Virginia 271
T4. South Carolina 271
T4. UCLA 271
8. #11 Oklahoma 275
9. North Florida 278
10. Wyoming 280
11. Connecticut 281
12. Gonzaga 282
13. SACRAMENTO STATE 283
14. Washington 285
T15. George Washington 286
T15. Houston 286
17. Hawaii 289
T18. Kansas 290
T18. Air Force 290
20. Southern Illinois 291
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Patrick Murphy, UCLA, 63
2. Zack Gordon, CLEM, 63
3. Scott Stevens, USC, 64
T4. Joe Folwer, SAC, 65
T4. Trent Phillips, UGA, 65
T4. Turk Pettit, CLEM, 65
T4. Matthew Sharpstene, WVU, 65
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T4. Joe Fowler 65
T9. Riley Bell 66*
T32. Landon Azevedo 69
T59. Jeff Carr 71
T108. Eric Olsem 77
T108. Ethan Davidson 77
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