LIHUE, Hawai'i -- The Saint Mary's golf team started strong, but had a difficult final nine holes and is in a tie for 13th place after the first round of the 38th Annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate at Wailua Golf Course.
Just five strokes separate sixth-place Washington State with the Gaels and Fresno State, which each shot an 8-over par 296. Nevada sits just one stroke ahead in 12th place, while Colorado State, Pacific and UNLV are each tied for 9th at 5-over. California leads the tournament by seven strokes after posting a team score of 10-under par 278 to lead runner-up Arizona by seven strokes.
Senior Dalan Refioglu led the Gaels and is tied for 30th place with a 1-over par 73 on the scenic 6,991-yard course that has hosted three US Public Links championship events. The Foster City, Calif. native went 4-under par on the back nine after starting off on the 10th hole. Like the rest of the team, he struggled on the front nine and went 5-over after the turn.
Classmate Cody Robinson and sophomore Maclayne Marar are tied for 40th after each carded a 2-over par 74. A native of Discovery Bay, Calif., Robinson went even par on the back nine and 2-over on the front.
After going even on the back nine, Marr went 4-over on his first three holes after making the turn. He rebounded, however, to birdie two of his final six holes.
The teams return to the course tomorrow for the tournament's second round. Saint Mary's joins Long Beach State, Texas A&M and Washington State beginning at 10:50 a.m. (Pacific) off the first tee. Live results are available throughout the round on Golfstat.com and Golfstat's new iPhone app.