(Sooner Sports photo)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 30, 2018) - On a perfect day for scoring at TPC Harding Park Golf Course, the University of Oklahoma shot 15-under 269 to take the lead at The Goodwin.
Four Sooners broke 70 on Friday, led by Brad Dalke with a 66. Quade Cummins and Grant Hirschman shot 67s, and Blaine Hale added a 69. It was the low round of the season so far for the defending national champions.
"It was a great round out of our guys," OU head coach Ryan Hybl told Sooner Sports. "We made a lot of birdie putts and made very few mistakes, which was nice to see. All of our guys feel good out here and we need to keep putting the pedal down tomorrow."
The University of Cal-Berkeley also had four sub-70 scores, and moved into second place, five shots behind the leaders. Sebastian Crampton (66), K.K. Limbhasut (67), Collin Morikawa (69( and Jamie Cheatham (69) posted red numbers for the Golden Bears.
Norman Xiong of Oregon, coming off of his third win of the season last week at the Duck Invitaitonal, shot his second consecutive 6-under 65 to take the individual tournament lead, by four shots over round one leader Jeffrey Swegle of Stanford. Oregon is in third, 10 shots behind Oklahoma, while first-round-leaders Stanford fell to fourth, 12 shots back.
UNLV rounds out the top five and sits 13 shots behind the leaders.
Dalke and Morikawa are tied for third individually, at 7 under and five shots behind Xiong. Hale and Sam Triplett (Northwestern) are tied for fifth at 6 under par.
About The Goodwin:
Originally named the United States Intercollegiate, this event was renamed The Goodwin prior to the 2014 edition in honor of former Cardinal head coach Wally Goodwin. Goodwin coached at Stanford from 1987-2000, and his tenure was highlighted by winning the 1994 national title. Goodwin was named national coach of the year in 1992 and 1994. Goodwin recruited and coached standouts such as Tiger Woods, Casey Martin, Notah Begay, Joel Kribel and current Stanford head coach Conrad Ray, among many other stars from Stanford's proud golfing tradition.
ROUND ONE RECAP
Host and defending champion Stanford is right back at the top of The Goodwin leaderboard following round one at TPC Harding Park Golf Course.
The 16th ranked Cardinal signed for a 7-under opening round on Thursday and they will carry a one shot lead into day two over second-place Northwestern (-6), defending national champion No. 7 Oklahoma (-5) and 2016 national champion Oregon (-5) are sharing third while No. 25 UNLV (-2) and No. 9 Cal (-2) are tied for fifth.
Leading Stanford on Thursday was Jeffrey Swegle who carded an 8-under 63 to lead the medalist race, besting his previous career low, a 7-under 64 at the 2016 Pac-12 Championships.
"I've honestly been playing terrible for the last three weeks," Swegle told Stanford Athletics. "Franklin (Huang) and I were just laughing because we played three days ago with two other guys and they were concerned I wasn't going to break 75 this week."
The only thing that was not up to snuff about the senior's first round was his three-putt bogey on the opening hole, besides that the rest of the round was flawless and it included nine birdies
"I started hitting it better yesterday," Swegle said. "I really love this course. It's my senior year and I really hadn't been playing that well the last couple months. My mindset was just to go out and enjoy my last home tournament."
After righting the ship and carding a 2-under 34 on the front side, Swegle winless in his career, really turned in on over the course of the final nine holes birdieing six-times to close in 6-under 29.
The additional counting scores for Stanford came from Franklin Huang (T16; -1), Isaiah Salinda (T45; +1) and Henry Shimp (T45; +1).
Completing the top-five of the individual standings are Norman Xiong (-6) of Oregon fresh off his win at the Duck Invitational, in third it is Northwestern's Sam Triplett (-5) and Cal's Collin Morikawa (-5) sharing the spot while Oklahoma's Blaine Hale (-4) is fifth.
ABOUT THE The Goodwin
54 hole men's college tournament hosted by
Stanford University. Team (best four scores out of
players each round) and individual competitions.
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