STANFORD, Calif. -- Senior Mac McClung is tied for the individual lead and the Saint Mary's golf team is just one stroke behind first-place Stanford after the first round of the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford Golf Course.
The Gaels fired a 7-under par 273 and are in second place among the 18-team field that includes three teams ranked among the top-10 in the country. Host Stanford, ranked 10th nationally, leads the team competition after carding an 8-under par 272. Behind Saint Mary's sits eighth-ranked TCU at minus-6, San Francisco at 5-under and San Jose State at 4-under par.
"We stayed very patient all day and avoided big scores," said SMC head coach Scott Hardy. "We also finished very well and that put us in a good position for the rest of the tournament."
McClung, who posted his best 18-hole score of the season, is tied for the individual lead with eight other players who all shot 4-under par 66. The Fremont, Calif. native was one of 24 players who carded under-par rounds on the 6,727-yard, par 70 Stanford Golf Course
"I controlled by ball really well off the tee and hit my irons very well," said McClung, who registered four birdies and no bogeys in his round. "I kept my round going with two good up-and-downs on 12 and 13."
Sophomore Jonathan De Los Reyes, a native of Antioch, Calif., birdied the last three holes of his round and five overall and is tied with five other players, including teammates Dalan Refioglu and Alex Bungert, with a 1-under par 69. Refioglu registered four birdies and three bogeys in his round, while Bungert birdied 2 of last 3 holes.
Senior Ben Geyer, who birdied three of the first five holes of his round, finished with a 2-over par 72 and is tied for 49th place overall.
The field will return to Stanford Golf Course tomorrow morning for the tournament's second round with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.
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