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Cougs Sit in 13th after Day One of the El Macero Classic

Apr 10, 2021

DAVIS, Calif. – The Washington State men's golf team concluded the first round of the El Macero Classic in 13th place, as the Cougars carded 15-over par; 303 as team through their first 18 holes of play on Saturday, April 10.

Freshman Preston Bebich made quite the impression in his WSU-debut round, as the Gig Harbor, Washington native shot a team-best even-par; 72 as an individual in his first collegiate round. Bebich heads into Sunday's second round in a tie for 12th place on the player leaderboard.

Fifth-year senior Nicklaus Chiam ended his first day at the El Macero Country Club in a tie for 24th after carding one-over par; 73. Chiam collected a pair of birdies in the first round, finishing the 13th and 15th holes one-under par. Graduate transfer Eric Hagen goes into the second round one-stroke off Chiam's score, as he currently sits in a tie for 50th overall. The Olympia, Washington native carded a team-best three birdies in the first round, as he completed the first, 15th and 18th holes one-under par.

Redshirt junior Max Sekulic and freshman Jaden Cantafio each shot five-over par; 77 in the first round, as they are tied for 60th on the player leaderboard. Sekulic ended his day by posting an eagle on the 18th hole. Freshman Nate Plaster will begin the second round in a tie for 68th after carding a score of 78 (+6) in Saturday's first round.

St. Mary's heads into the second round atop the team leaderboard, as the Gaels shot 10-under par;278 in the first round. SMU's Ethan Farnam leads the field heading into Sunday's second round, as he carded seven-under par; 65.

The second round of the El Macero Classic begins at 8 a.m. this Sunday, April 11. Fans can follow along with all the action at

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Place  Golfer 1st Rd 2nd Rd 3rd Rd Total
T-24th  Nicklaus Chiam 73 (+1) -- -- 73 (+1)
T-50th  Eric Hagen 76 (+4) -- -- 76 (+4)
T-60th  Max Sekulic 77 (+5) -- -- 77 (+5)
T-60th  Jaden Cantafio 77 (+5) -- -- 77 (+5)
T-68th  Nate Plaster 78 (+6) -- -- 78 (+6)
13th  Team Score 303 (+15) -- -- 303 (+15)
T-13th  Preston Bebich* 72 (E) -- -- 72 (E)

*Playing as an individual