Aztecs in 16th place after 18 holes
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February 18, 2019 (La Quinta, Calif.) - The San Diego State men’s golf team met with some adversity in its spring debut at The Prestige presented by Charles Schwab on Monday, landing in the 16th position after carding a collective 21-over-par 305 during the opening round on the par-71, 7,100-yard Greg Norman Course at PGA West.
In a highly competitive field, the Aztecs find themselves trailing a trio of top 50 teams that also struggled over the first 18 holes, remaining five shots behind No. 25 Arkansas (+16), which occupies the 12th spot, followed in succession by No. 35 Northwestern (+17) and No. 46 Iowa State (+18).
Individually, SDSU was paced by Otto Vanhatalo (Espoo, Finland), who finished the day in a tie for 35th place after shooting a 3-over 74. Making his first varsity start of the season, the Aztec senior played spot-free golf over his first eight holes, highlighted by three birdies, including back-to-back conversions on the 11th and 12th greens. The Torrey Pines High alumnus was unable to maintain the momentum, however, suffering four bogeys the rest of the way, as well as a double on the par-4 No. 3.
Steve Sugimoto (San Diego, Calif.) fired a 75 on Monday to finish the day one stroke behind Vanhatalo in a tie for 42nd. The SDSU sophomore found birdies elusive, posting just one circle on his scorecard at the par-4, 337-yard No. 11. In addition, the Rancho Bernardo High product could not ease the sting of five bogeys despite logging a team-high 12 pars.
Elsewhere, sophomore Christian Banke (Danville, Calif.) and freshman Youssef Guezzale ended the day in a tie for 66th after each carded a 78.
Following a bogey on his first hole at the par-4 10th, Banke followed with a birdie and six straight pars but faltered as the day progressed, suffering six additional bogeys to go with a double-bogey on the par-4 No. 1.
Guezzale, meanwhile, was plagued by inconsistency for most of the round, enduring three bogeys, two doubles and a triple, before finishing with birdies on the par-5 No. 8 and the par 4 No. 9.
Rounding out the Aztec lineup was freshman Leo Oyo (Tokyo, Japan), who finds himself in a tie for 75th after posting an 80, featuring two pars and a birdie on his final three holes.
Defending national champion and top-ranked Oklahoma State (-6) grabbed a one-stroke lead over No. 16 LSU (-5) in the team standings, while No. 44 UCLA (+2) occupies the third spot, followed by No. 14 Pepperdine (+5) and No. 42 Oregon (+6).
Stanford’s Brandon Wu vaulted to the top of the individual leaderboard after firing a 65 on Monday, while LSU’s Garrett Barber, Utah’s Kyler Dunkle, and the Oklahoma State duo of Viktor Hovland and Austin Eckroat are all tied for second after each recorded a 68.
The Prestige presented by Charles Schwab continues Tuesday with the second round, as San Diego State tees off alongside Iowa State and UC Davis, starting at 8:36 a.m. PT on hole No. 10. Both the second and third rounds will be streamed live by Golfweek, with a link available on GoAztecs.com.
The Prestige presented by Charles Schwab
La Quinta, Calif.
Round One Results
Greg Norman Course
Par 71, 7,100 yards
Team Standings (Top 5 of 16 teams)
1. Oklahoma State 278 (-6)
16. San Diego State 305 (+21)
Individual Leaders (Top 5 of 82 players + SDSU)
1. Brandon Wu, Stanford
T2. Viktor Hovland, Oklahoma State 68 (-3)
T2. Kyler Dunkle, Utah
T2. Garrett Barber, LSU 68 (-3)
T2. Austin Eckroat, Oklahoma State 68 (-3)
T35. Otto Vanhatalo, SDSU 74 (+3)
T42. Steve Sugimoto, SDSU 75 (+4)
T66. Christian Banke, SDSU 78 (+7)
T66. Youssef Guezzale, SDSU 78 (+7)
T75. Leo Oyo, SDSU 80 (+9)