WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2012) -- The No. 18 San Diego State men's golf team has a five-stroke lead through 36 holes Monday at the 14-team North Ranch Intercollegiate in Westlake Village, Calif. The Aztecs, who have three golfers in the individual top seven, posted a 281 followed by a 292 en-route to a 13-over 573, which is five strokes better than USD and 11 in front of fellow conference member New Mexico at the par-70, 6,728-yard North Ranch Country Club.
SDSU seniors Matt Hoffenberg (Simi Valley, Calif.) and Alex Kang (Oak Park, Calif.) are tied for the day one lead by two strokes at 1-under 139. Hoffenberg opened with the best round of the tournament thus far with his 4-under 66, including six birdies, 10 pars and only two bogeys on the fourth and ninth holes. The 66 is his best 18 holes of the season by five strokes and ties the team's low round in 2011-12. Hoffenberg came back with a 3-over 73 in the afternoon, carding 10 pars on his first 11 holes.
Kang, meanwhile, leads the field in par 4 scoring at 1-under and is tied for first place with his eight birdies. He had four birdies in each round, starting with a 3-under 67 and following it up with a 2-over 72.
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