SOMIS -- With three Cougars among the top 25 individuals, BYU's men's golf team finished the first round in fifth place at the Club Glove Intercollegiate at the Saticoy Country Club on Monday.
Sophomore Greg Machtler continued his consistent play by shooting 36-36--72 even par and is tied for 12th place. Teammate Jared Overton played his best first round of the season by shooting 37-36--73 and sits in 19th place after the first round. True freshman Daniel Summerhays looking for his second consecutive top-25 finish carded a two-over-par 74 and is tied for 22nd individually.
"This is a real challenging course, but our guys stepped up and played well," BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. "Overall, I'm pleased with how all of our guys played this first round. We didn't have to count any high scores, which is a big plus for us."
Clay Bingham competing in his first tournament as a Cougar held his own by firing 37-38--75 three-over-par and is tied with teammate Ron Harvey Jr. in 32nd place after the initial round.
The Cougars hold a one shot lead over California and a three shot lead over seventh-place Stanford heading into the final two rounds. Host Pepperdine carded a first round five-under-par 283 and holds a four shot lead over UC-Irvine in the two-day, 54-hole tournament.
FINAL FIRST ROUND TEAM STANDINGS
1. Pepperdine 283 (-5)
2. UC Irvine