Blue Team Tied for First after Round One in Bakersfield

Feb. 26, 2008

UCLA, Cal State Stanislaus and Sonoma State were tied atop the team leaderboard through 36 holes of the 2008 Cal State Bakersfield Poor Boy Invitational Monday at Seven Oaks Country Club in Bakersfield.

The three schools combined for six of the seven sub-par team rounds on the day, with each finishing the first 36 holes at 12-under 564. Host CS Bakersfield was alone in fourth place at two-over 578. Grand Canyon University rounded out the top five at 583 (+7).

Ben Van Vuren of Cal State Stanislaus opened the day by just missing the tournament first round record of 66. His 67 was good enough to catapult him into the early lead, however, and he followed that up with a 69 in the afternoon for an eight-under 136 to take a one-stroke lead into the clubhouse.

UCLA teammates Erik Flores and Craig Leslie were Van Vuren's closest pursuers. Flores was second at 137 (-7) after rounds of 68-69 and Leslie was third at 139 (-5) following scores of 69-70. A trio of players, including defending champion Lucas Lee of UCLA, sat four strokes off the lead at 141 (-3). Lee, playing as an individual, posted rounds of 72-69.

UCLA's Brandon Christianson and James Lee were tied for 10th at two-under par 142. Christianson posted a pair of 71s and Lee rebounded from a morning round 75 (+3) with an afternoon score of 67 (-5). Freshman Connor Dirscoll was tied for 18th at even par 144 after signing for a pair of 72s, and sophomore Ben Choe was tied for 32nd at 148 (+4) after posting a pair of 74s.

Final round action continues on Tuesday.

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