2016 Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships

Event: April 29 - May 1 | Salt Lake City, UT
TV: May 8 at 10A / 11 MT
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Stanford leads after day one of Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships

Chris Samuels

Round Three Tee Times • Round Two Results

SALT LAKE CITY – Two-time defending Pac-12 champion STANFORD Cardinal put together an impressive second round to take a five-stroke lead over CALIFORNIA after the first day of competition at the Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championship at The Country Club in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Morning temperatures that hovered in the low 40s and gusty winds greeted the Pac-12 golfers which made for some challenging play in the first round as only two teams were able to shoot par or better. California sophomore KK Limbhaust (Loma Linda, Calif.) shot 5-under to pace the Golden Bears to a first round lead with a team score of 5-under, two shots better than Stanford.

As winds calmed and the temperatures warmed in the afternoon, Stanford sophomore Jeffrey Swegle (West Des Moines, Iowa) posted the low round of the day with a 7-under 64 to lead the Cardinal surge in the second round. As a team, the Cardinal posted a second round score of 19-under to leapfrog the Golden Bears and move into the lead after two rounds with a score of 22-under. The Bears are second at 17-under, followed by USC in third at 6-under.

Stanford sophomore Franklin Huang (Poway, Calif.) tied Limbhasut for the first round lead with a 5-under to keep the Cardinal in the team race.

“That was a big first round for Franklin, he’s been really trending the right way and has had a couple of good weeks the last few tournaments, said Stanford coach Conrad Ray. Franklin was our rock this morning, for sure. That first hour and a half it was about as tough as you are going to get.”

“This afternoon we got some momentum going, added Ray. Jeff Swegle really got hot at the end and birdied his last three, and then David Boote dropped in eagle on the last hole. It’s fun to finish strong, but knowing there’s a lot of golf left and the forecast isn’t great, we have to show up tomorrow and take care of business.”

Despite inconsistent weather conditions, Limbhasut was steady throughout the day as he increased his lead in the individual race to 10-under 132 (66-66). He’s two strokes ahead of senior David Boote (Surrey, England), who posted a 8-under 134 (68-64). Tied for third at 7-under with identical scores of 67-68 are UCLA senior Jonathan Garrick (Atherton, Calif.) and COLORADO junior Jeremy Paul (Viernheim, Germany).

“It was a long day as we played 36 holes today and you have to think a lot on this course, said Limbhasut. There’s a lot of places you can’t go, plus the elevation, the slope, the wind. You get exhausted out there.”

“I was really happy how I played, added Limbhasut. I struck the ball well and put myself in good position to make birdies, but not too aggressive at the same time. There are so many places to make big scores out here, especially with the rough being ridiculously thick, so I stayed conservative the entire day.”

The third round will begin Saturday morning at 10 a.m. MT. The Championships will conclude with the final round on Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. MT.

Day One Team Results (Par 71, 7,209 yards)
1. Stanford 352-336 — 688 (-19)
2. California 350-343 — 693 (-17)
3. USC 356-348 — 704 (-6)
4. Arizona State 359-352 — 711 (+1)
5. Washington 360-355 — 715 (+5)
T6. Colorado 360-363 — 723 (+13)
T6. UCLA 358-365 — 723 (+13)
8. Oregon 370-356 — 726 (+16)
9. Arizona 361-367 — 728 (+18)
10. Oregon State 371-365 — 736 (+26)
11. Utah 378-363 — 741 (+31)
13. Washington State 380-365 — 745 (+35)

 

Day One Individual Leaders (Par 71, 7,209 yards)
1. KK Limbhasut, CAL 66-66—132 (-10)
2. David Boote, STAN 68-66—134 (-8)
T3. Jonathan Garrick, UCLA 67-68—135 (-7)
T3. Jeremy Paul, COLO 67-68—135 (-7)
5. Jon Rahm, ASU 70-66—136 (-6)
T6. Sebastian Crampton, CAL 67-71—137 (-4)
T6. Franklin Huang, STAN 66-72—137 (-4)
T8. Jordan Gumberg, ARIZ 68-71—138 (-3)
T8. Jared du Toit, ASU 69-70—138 (-3)
T8. Justin Suh, USC 70-69—138 (-3)
T8. Ryan Slater, USC 70-69—138 (-3)
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