RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- After placing all five of its golfers in the top 15 individuals, the Saint Mary's golf team finished the first day at the top of the leaderboard at The Farms Collegiate Invitational.
Saint Mary's leads the 12-team field after firing rounds of 289-289 for a 2-over par 578. The Gaels own a 3-stroke lead over second-place Pacific, which led after the first round after posting a 1-under par 287. The Tigers, however, shot a 6-over 294 in the afternoon's second round.
The University of Missouri sits in third place with a 19-over par, while Fresno State is fourth at plus-21. Other West Coast Conference schools competing include Santa Clara (6th, +29), host San Diego (7th, +31) and Loyola Marymount (t9th, +48).
Individually, sophomore Jonathan De Los Reyes is tied for second place with Pacific's Alex Edfort after carding rounds of 69-74 for a 1-under par 143. The Antioch, Calif. native was one of just eight golfers to shoot under par in the morning's first round and joined teammate Ben Geyer as two of only 12 individuals to break par in either round during the day.
Geyer, a native of Arbuckle, Calif., is tied for seventh place overall with a 1-over par 145. The defending WCC champion suffered a poor start to the day with a 3-over par 75 in the morning, but rebounded with a 2-under 70 in the afternoon.
Freshman Maclayne Marr, playing as an individual, is tied for ninth among the 69-player field after rounds of 70-76 for a 2-over par 146. He sits just one stroke ahead of senior Mac McClung, who fired scores of 69-78 for a 3-over 147.
Junior Dalan Refioglu is in sole possession of 14th place with identical rounds of 74-74 and a 4-over par 148. Classmate Alex Bungert is tied for 15th palce with a 5-over par 149 after shooting rounds of 76-73.
"I'm really proud of the way all six guys played today," said SMC head coach Scott Hardy. "It shows we have great depth to have everyone in teh top 15 our of 69 players.
"Today was a good start, but this golf course is very tough and we can't get ahead of ourselves. If we don't stick to our gameplan and play smart golf, scores can skyrocket on this course. Pacific is playing well and Missouri is the 16th ranked team in the country.
"Tomorrow will be a good test of our patience and nerves. I look forward to seeing how we handle it."
The teams return to action tomorrow morning for the tournament's final round. Start times on the 6,947-yard, par 72 The Farms Golf Club are scheduled for 8 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. on holes 1 and 10.