Men’s Golf Leading the Pack
STOCKTON, Calif. – Led by senior Charlie Mroz, the Washington State men’s golf team opened the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational in first place. The Cougars shot 9-under par (275) in the opening round, finishing six strokes ahead of host-school Pacific and Grand Canyon (-3, 281) tied for second place.
“It was a good way to start the tournament,” WSU Head Coach Garrett Clegg said. “We looked fresh out there today. The team was sharp coming off a long week of practice. We made some shots and put in a good performance.”
WSU’s Charlie Mroz finished atop the leaderboard after one round of play at the Stockton Golf and Country Club. Mroz shot 5-under par (66), tying his season-low for a single round. Mroz notched five birdies and a 3-stroke eagle on the 531-yard 14th hole. Mroz sits one stroke ahead of Santa Clara’s Gio Gandionco (-4, 67) in second.
Cougar freshman Brian Mogg finished the day just two strokes back from Mroz. Mogg shot 3-under (68) in the opening round, including five birdies on the par-71 course. Mogg’s 68 is the lowest single-round score of his young career. Mogg is currently tied for third. Rounding out WSU’s top-10 performers, fellow freshman Derek Bayley sits in eighth place through one round. Bayley carded a 69 (-2) and notched four birdies.
Redshirt-senior Sang Lee provided the Cougars’ final counting score, shooting 1-over (72) on the par-71 course. Lee sits three strokes back from Bayley and is currently tied for 24th. Senior Michael Anderson (+6, 77) is currently tied for 54th.
In total, the Cougars boasted five golfers in the top 25, including redshirt-senior Alex Wagner, who is competing as an individual. Wagner tied fellow redshirt-senior Sang Lee, carding a 72 (+1) to finish the round tied for 24th.
“Overall it was a solid performance,” Clegg said. “Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be bad so it’s nice to get off to a good start.“
The tournament continues Friday with the second round of action. Heavy rain is expected in the afternoon with winds approaching 10 miles per hour. Teams will tee off holes 1 and 10 beginning at 8 a.m. Live results can be found at birdiefire.com. Full results and recap from the day will be posted at wsucougars.com at the conclusion of the round.