Aztecs to tee off for round two on Tuesday at 10:20 a.m.
Photo: PJ Samiere led the Aztecs with a 74 during the opening round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate. Courtesy goaztecs.com
March 6, 2017 (Las Vegas) - The San Diego State men’s golf team finds itself in 15th place at the highly competitive Southern Highlands Collegiate after shooting a 19-over-par 307 on Monday during the opening round at Southern Highlands Golf Club.
With their total, the 22nd-ranked Aztecs remain 15 shots out of the top 10, where Florida, Oklahoma and California are all tied eighth at 4-over 292 heading into Tuesday’s second round on the par-72, 7,374-yard course layout.
PJ Samiere carded SDSU’s lowest score with a 2-over 74 to finish the day in a tie for 41st. The Aztec junior sank three birdies overall, including a successful drain on his front nine at the par-3, 174-yard No. 12, which ranked as the second-toughest hole of the opening round. However, two bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-5, No. 3 derailed his momentum.
Fellow classmate Blake Abercrombie sits one shot in back of Samiere in a tie for 49th after firing a 75 on Tuesday. The Rocklin, Calif., native was unable to avoid disaster on his first hole, the par-4 10th, logging an 8 before rebounding with a team-high five birdies.
Meanwhile Nahum Mendoza III finds himself in a tie for 69th on the heels of an opening-round 78. The SDSU senior was just 1-over for the day after making birdie on the par-5, 603-yard 18th; however, three bogeys and a double-bogey-5 on the back nine sandbagged his round.
The Aztecs were also represented by sophomore Otto Vanhatalo, who was making his first varsity start in a Scarlet and Black uniform. However, the Torrey Pines High alumnus found birdies elusive, settling in a tie for 76th after shooting an 80.
With nine schools in the stacked field ranked among the Golfstat top 25, No. 7 USC (-10) grabbed a three-shot lead over No. 10 Stanford (-7), while Pepperdine (-6) remains a close third, followed by No. 4 Oklahoma State (-2) and SMU (-1).
California’s Collin Morikawa (-6) is perched atop the individual leaderboard after carding a 66, while Stanford’s Maverick McNealy (-5) lurks in second one shot behind, followed by USC’s Sean Crocker and Pepperdine’s Joshua McCarthy, who are tied for third at 4-under.
The Southern Highlands Collegiate continues on Tuesday when SDSU tees off with Arizona State and New Mexico for the second round, beginning at 10:20 a.m. PT.
Southern Highlands Collegiate
Round One Results
Southern Highlands G.C.
Las Vegas, Nev.
Par 72, 7,374 yards
Team Scores (Top 5 of 15 teams + SDSU)
1. USC 278 (-10)
2. Stanford 281 (-7)
3. Pepperdine 282 (-6)
4. Oklahoma State 286 (-2)
5. SMU 287 (-1)
15. San Diego State 307 (+19)
Individual Leaders (Top 6 of 79 players + SDSU)
1. Collin Morikawa, California 66 (-6)
2. Maverick McNealy, Stanford 67 (-5)
T3. Sean Crocker, USC 68 (-4)
T3. Joshua McCarthy, Pepperdine 68 (-4)
T5. Hayden Wood, Florida 69 (-3)
T5. Cheng Jin, USC 69 (-3)
T42. PJ Samiere, SDSU 74 (+2)
T50. Blake Abercrombie SDSU 75 (+3)
T69. Nahum Mendoza III, SDSU 78 (+6)
T75. Otto Vanhatalo, SDSU 80 (+8)