LA QUINTA, Calif. — In the first round of The Prestige at PGA West, three members of the Saint Mary’s men’s golf team sit inside the top-25 as the Gaels are in eighth place after shooting a 7-over 291.
SMC is just 10 strokes back of leaders Pepperdine and Stanford, who shot a 3-under 281 in the opening 18 holes. San Diego State sits in third place a single stroke behind the leaders. Oklahoma (2-over 286) is in fourth while Iowa State and Arizona State round out the top-5 at 4-over par.
"The scores were not as low as years past, but the weather was great today," said head coach Scott Hardy. "The course is definitely playing longer with the softer conditions. That and a few tough hole locations kept the scores from being lower."
Junior Roman Aragon highlighted the Gaels with his team-low 2-under 69. Aragon is tied-5th in the field of 78-players. The third year player carded just one bogey on the day, which came on the par 4, 470 yard second hole. Aragon would then shoot bogey-free the rest of the way, and card birdies on holes 4, 15 and 16.
"Roman was very solid today," said Hardy. "He kept the ball in play and scored well on the tougher holes. His ability to finish well was a big key for him. It was also a clutch round for the team."
Perry Cohen delivered a solid round as the junior finished with a 1-over 72. After a slow 5-over start to his round, Cohen got it going it at the turn- scoring birdies on holes 8, 9 and 11. The junior then finished the round strong with two birdies in the last three holes.
First year player Eduardo Carrete scored three birdies on his round to also finish at 1-over par. He and Cohen are tied-24th in leaderboard. Carrete birdied his first hole of the day, but then embarked on a three hole swing where he shot 4-over. The freshman showed plenty of composure and experience, answering back with two birdies and finishing the back-9 bogey free.
The Gaels will be part of the first group to tee off in the second, as SMC will be paired with first place Pepperdine and 12th place San Diego. The first group is slated to tee off at 7:30 a.m. PST. Fans can follow the action on the tournament’s page via GolfStat or by clicking here.
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