Brian Prouty cards first-round 62 to take individual lead
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Senior Brian Prouty shot an opening-round 62 to help the University of Arizona stand in second place after the first round Monday at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate at Arizona National Golf Club. Play was suspended in the second round due to darkness.
Prouty, playing his first competitive round of the season, carded a nine-under 62 to take the individual lead. With play suspended, he leads the field with at 12-under par. His 62 was a career low and equaled the Arizona record for both low aggregate and low round in relation to par. Chris Nallen previously set the record with a 62 (-9) on Oct. 14, 2003, at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.
In addition to Prouty, Nathan Tyler (-1), Josh Esler (E) and Travis Esway (+2) were all in the top-25 places at the time play was suspended.
Thirty-six holes were originally scheduled for Monday, but play was suspended due to darkness at 6:15 p.m. MST. Teams still on the course in round two have one hole remaining in order to complete the round. Play will resume Tuesday at 8 a.m. MST.
At the time play was suspended, UNLV led the field with a total of 17-under par. Brigham Young (-14), Arizona (-13), and UC-Irvine and Tennessee (-5) round out the top-five places.
The Arizona Junior Varsity also got off to a solid start Monday, as the squad tallied a two-under 282 to open play. Trey Denton (T10th), Creighton Honeck (T18th) and Tyler Neal (T25th) were in the top 25 heading into Tuesday’s action. Pedro Oriol (T56th) and Josh Wilks (T69th) also competed for the UA junior varsity.
Sophomore Ben Fox was in 87th place to round out the UA varsity competitors.
Four Arizona golfers also are in the field as individuals. Ben Marsh carded a first-round 69, Nicholas Park a 70, Brett Carter a 78 and Josh Porter an 89.
The 54-hole PING-Arizona Intercollegiate concludes tomorrow at Arizona National Golf Club, a par 71, 6,793-yard layout. For live tournament scoring, please go to www.golfstat.com.
Top-Five Teams (with play suspended)
1. UNLV -17
2. Brigham Young -14
3. ARIZONA -13
4. UC-Irvine -5