Cougar Golfers Struggle in First Round of Ping Arizona Intercollegiate

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The BYU Men's Golf team struggled through the first day of the Ping Arizona Intercollegiate, finishing the first round at 21 over par. The team score of 305 was only good enough to rank 18 among the 20 teams competing in Tucson on Monday.

"This is a tricky golf course," said head coach Bruce Brockbank. "Our top guys came out and got up to 3 or 4 over par and it was a challenge to get our confidence back after that kind of start."

The sixteenth-ranked USC Trojans lead the tournament at 8 under par and had four players shoot under par or better. Ohio State recorded a one-under 283 as a team to take second place after the first day. Arizona State and California are tied for third and South Carolina and Oregon are tied for fifth to round out the top five.

Manuel Merizalde and Scott Miller posted the best first round score for the Cougar team at 75, which is four over and 8 shots off of the lead. Four players are atop the leader board at four under par including, Kyle Thompson (So. Carolina), Mike Austin (Ohio State), Kevin Stadler (USC), and Brady Stockton (Arizona State).

The team score of 305 is the worst for the Cougars since an opening day 307 at the Topy Cup in September 1999 in difficult weather conditions. Despite the rough start, Brockbank is confident the Cougars can recover and make a good showing during the final two rounds.

"We will need to take a piece of this humble pie and see if we can come out and finish off strong tomorrow," Brockbank said. "We haven't shot this bad in a long time."

The Cougars have already taken steps in that direction by competing well on the first 15 holes of the second round. Second round play was suspended due to darkness Monday evening. The remaining holes will be completed Tuesday morning before the start of the third round.

Team Standings

1. USC 276 -8

2. Ohio State 283 -1

3. Arizona State 286 +2

California 286 +2

5. South Carolina 290 +6

Oregon 290 +6

7. Oregon State 292 +8

8. Stanford 293 +9

9. Mississippi 295 +11

10. Arizona 297 +13

UC-Irvine 297 +13

Pepperdine 297 +13

Arizona "B" 297 +13

14. Texas-El Paso 300 +16

15. Long Beach State 301 +17

16. Washington 303 +19

UCLA 303 +19

18. BYU 305 +21

19. Arkansas 314 +30

20. New Mexico State 320 +36

Top 10 Individuals

1. Kyle Thompson, South Carolina 67 -4

Mike Austin, Ohio Statae 67 -4

Kevin Stadler, USC 67 -4

Brady Stockton, Arizona State 67 -4

5. Andrew Medley, Ole Miss 68 -3

Doug Yi, California 68 -3

Alex Kuyumjian, USC 68 -3

8. James Lee, Stanford 69 -2

Ben Flam, Arizona State 69 -2

10. Travis Johnson, UCLA 70 -1

Hunter Mahan, USC 70 -1

Jeff Coburn, UC-Irvine 70 -1

BYU Men's First Round Scores

t54 Manuel Merizalde 75 +4

t54 Scott Miller 75 +4

t67 Billy Harvey 77 +6

t76 Ollie Nissenen 78 +7

t96 Jesse Hibler 82 +11