Nov. 5, 2012
SAN MARTIN, Calif. - Playing against one of the strongest fields in college golf, Lamar University finds itself in 10th place after Monday's first round of the Gifford Collegiate from CordeValle Country Club.
The Cardinals shot an 18-over-par 373 in the six-count-five team scoring tournament. Play will continue Tuesday on the par-71, 7,360-yard layout before the 54-hole tournament comes to a close Wednesday.
Sophomore Gustaf Burenstam had the Cardinals' best round, closing with birdies on two of his final three holes to finish at 1-over-par 72. A native of Sweden, Burenstam finished his round with three birdies and four bogeys on his way to a tie for 25th.
Tournament host and No. 5 ranked UCLA shot a 5-under-par 350 to grab a three stroke lead heading into Tuesday's play. No. 17 Stanford is second at 2-under-par 353 with No. 30 Tennessee (355) in third and No. 46 Coastal Carolina (362) in fourth.
No. 23 Northwestern and San Jose State are tied for fifth at 363, followed by No. 13 SMU (365), defending champion and 13th-ranked USC (366), No. 50 Oregon State (371) and Lamar (373).
Stanford's Cameron Wilson blistered the course with a 10-under-par 61 and has a seven stroke lead over Oregon State's David Fink and Jay Hwang and Pontus Widegren of UCLA who each shot 68.
Lamar has three players tied for 42nd at 4-over-par 75. Erik Knudsen, Marc Dobias and Tore Lindveit each finished the first round three strokes behind Burenstam.
Junior Stephane Dubois shot a 76 and is tied for 52nd, while freshman Greg Wiggins is tied for 65th in the 72-player field after an opening round 79 (+8). Sophomore Luke Jerling also shot a 79 and is tied for 65th but is playing as an individual with his score not counting toward Lamar's team total.