LAKESIDE, Calif. -- Saint Mary's senior Anders Engell shot a career-low 8-under par 64 today to capture the individual lead after the first round of the Barona Collegiate Cup at Barona Creek Golf Club.
The Gaels finished the first round with a 5-under par 355 to sit in seventh-place among the 16-team field. The tournament was halted in the second round at 7 p.m. due to darkness and will resume at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow. The teams will finish the second round, then begin play for the final round of 18 holes.
The Barona Collegiate Cup features a unique team format, counting five of each team's low six scores toward the team score.
"As a team, we should have been better with our course management and have better focus," said SMC head coach Scott Hardy. "Tomorrow will be another good test for us. It will take a solid second round finish and a strong final round to put us back into position for a strong finish.
"I am looking forward to seeing how we handle it. A lot of strokes can be made up in one round. But, it will take a strong effort from the entire team."
Saint Mary's ended competition today with approximately four holes left to play and are tied for seventh place at 5-over par. Engell is 1-under in the second round with three holes remaining. He enters tomorrow's play in the tournament tied for the individual lead with host San Diego State junior J.J. Spaun.
A native of Oslo, Norway, Engell finished in a tie for second-place last week at The Farms Intercollegiate in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Prior to today's effort, his previous best round as a collegian was a 67 last season at the Braveheart Classic. His near-perfect round today featured eight birdies and no bogeys.
Senior Eric Grimberg and sophomore Alex Bungert fired even-par 72 in the first round. Junior Mac McClung shot a 1-over 73, while classmate Ben Geyer and freshman Jonathan De Los Reyes finished the round with a 2-over 74.
SDSU leads the tournament with a 23-under par, while Kent State sits nine strokes back in second place. Seven of the top eight teams are all ranked among the top 38 teams in the country, according to the most recent Golfstat national rankings.