San Jose del Cabo, Mexico -- Junior Mac McClung shot his fourth-straight competitive round under-par and the Saint Mary's golf team posted an 8-over par 292 today to finish second after the first day of the Cabo Collegiate at Club Campestre.
The Gaels are 11 shots behind team-leader Arkansas after today's first round in the three-day, 23-team tournament. Southeastern Louisiana is one stroke behind the Gaels, while Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara are tied for fourth place after each posting 11-over par 294.
McClung, a native of Fremont, Calif., shot a 1-under par 70 and is tied for fifth place in the individual medalist race. Teammate Ben Geyer shot a 1-over par 72 and is tied for 13th. Senior Eric Grimberg shot a 2-over and is tied for 17th.
"We started a little slow, but we were able to finish well enough to salvage the round," said head coach Scott Hardy. "We will need to play a good, solid team round tomorrow in order to get in position to catch Arkansas. Hopefully, we can get momentum on our side early in the round tomorrow and continue to finish well."
Freshman Jonathan De Los Reyes shot a 6-over 77 and is tied for 42, while teammate Alex Bungert sits in a tie for 62nd place after shooting 11-over par.
The Nicklaus designed Club Campestre Golf Course (6,966 yards/Par 71), which opened in 2007 is spread across the foothills of the Sierra del la Laguna Mountains, between the mountains and the ocean.