RANCHO SANTA Fe, Calif. -- Saint Mary's senior Anders Engell shot a 5-under par 139 today to lead the field, while the Gaels sit just five strokes off the team lead after the first day at The Farms Intercollegiate at The Farms Golf Club.
Saint Mary's improved its score by seven strokes in the afternoon after shooting a 7-over par 295 in the morning's first round. The Gaels shot an even-par 288 in the second round to move up in the standings and are just five strokes behind tournament-leading San Diego State. The University of Missouri is in third, 12 strokes behind the Gaels. UC Irvine is fourth, SMU sits in fifth and host San Diego is in sixth at 29-over.
"Overall, we handled the course well and we were able to minimize a few costly errors," said head coach Scott Hardy. "We continue to position ourselves for top finishes and tournament victories."
Engell, a native of Oslo, Norway, shot the low round of the day among the field of 77 golfers with a first round score of 4-under par 68. He posted a 1-under 71 in the afternoon and leads second-place Alex Kang of San Diego State by three strokes heading into tomorrow's final round.
"I'm very proud of Anders and his ability to control the ball and make putts today," said Hardy.
Junior Mac McClung overcame a 4-over par 76 in the morning to shoot a 2-under 70 in the afternoon and is tied for ninth overall with a 2-over 146.
Freshman Jonathan De Los Reyes and junior Ben Geyer are tied with four other golfers for 17th place overall with scores of 5-over par 179. De Los Reyes shot rounds of 74-75, while Geyer shot a 77 in the morning and an even-par 72 in the afternoon round.
Senior Eric Grimberg is tied for 61st overall after shooting 81-81 for an 18-over par 162.
The two-day, 54-hole tournament being held at The Farms Golf Club (par 72; 6,947 yards) in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. will finish with 18 holes planned for Tuesday beginning at 7:27 a.m. with groups going off holes No. 1 and No. 10.