Brigham Young leads by two strokes with as many as five holes left to play in second round
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Bolstered by three golfers in the top six places, Brigham Young University grabbed the first round lead Monday at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate at Arizona National Golf Club.
Todd Miller, Jake Ellison and Greg Machtaler each carded totals of two-under or better to lead BYU to the first round lead at 280 (-4). The Cougars lead the 16-team field by three strokes after 18 holes. Rounding out the top five places was the Arizona Junior Varsity (283), Arizona (284), Texas A&M (284), and Tulsa (287).
Thirty-six holes were originally scheduled for Monday, but frost on the course delayed the start more than 90 minutes. Play was suspended due to darkness at 5:57 p.m. MST. Teams still on the course in round two have as many as five holes remaining in order to compete the round.
The Arizona Junior Varsity got off to a solid start Monday, as the squad tallied a one-under 283 to open play. Freshman Tyler Neal, who shot a career-best 69 (-3) to lead the UA junior varsity, and senior Nick Juszczak, who carded a season-best 70 (-2), posted the low rounds by any Arizona golfer on Monday. Tyler and Juszczak were each in the top 10 after the first round.
Sophomore Brian Prouty and freshman Trey Denton both shot one-over 72s Monday to round out the team total. Also competing for the UA junior varsity was freshman Justin Silverstein, who shot a six-over 77.
Senior Nathan Lashley and sophomores Henry Liaw, Josh Esler and Mark Lamb each shot opening-round 71s on Monday en route to the varsity’s 284 total and tie for third place. Sophomore Nathan Tyler shot 74 (+3) and is tied for 40th place..
Arizona golfers also in the field as individuals include Travis Esway, who is tied for eighth place at 70 (-1), Ben Marsh, who is tied for 40th place at 74 (+3), Kipp Riehle, who is tied for 64th at 78 (+7), and Jake Hermes, who is tied for 70th place at 80 (+9).
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 Top Five Individuals
1. Brigham Young 280 (-4) 1. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State 65=65 (-6)
2. Arizona Junior Varsity 283 (-1) 2. Jeff Hood, California 68=68 (-3)
3. ARIZONA 284 (E) Todd Miller, Brigham Young 68=68 (-3)
Texas A&M 284 (E) 4. Ryan Henry, Tulsa 69=69 (-2)
5. Tulsa 287 (+3) Greg Machtaler, Brigham Young 69=69 (-2)
Jake Ellison, Brigham Young 69=69 (-2)
Tyler Neal, Arizona JV 69=69 (-2)