Pepperdine surges to the front at the Western Intercollegiate
Sam Choi (Pepperdine Athletics photo)
The Pepperdine Waves shredded the venerable Pasatiempo Golf Club on Tuesday to open a 14-stroke lead over Oregon at the 76th playing of the Western Intercollegiate.
Five subpar rounds, including a 7-under 63 by Robert Nieves and a 64 by Sam Choi, paved the way for the Waves to card a 22-under round of 328 on the six-count-five format and at 27-under for the tournament, Pepperdine will take a 14-stroke lead over Oregon into Wednesday's final round.
Pepperdine and BYU were the only two teams in red numbers on Tuesday, as the Cougars' 10-under round was 11-strokes better than the third-best score of the day which was turned in by Hawaii (+1).
All five of Pepperdine's counting players turned in subpar rounds.
Senior Sam Choi fired a 5-under 65 to move into a tie for first place with Oregon's Owen Avrit on the individual leaderboard at 9-under 131. Derek Hitchner shot 10 spots up the leaderboard into third place at 8-under after carding a 6-under 64.
The low round of the day belonged to Roberto Nieves, who clipped 14 strokes off his opening round 77 to fire a 7-under 63 on Tuesday. Nieves birdied five of his last six holes on the front nine to turn in 30 and three more birdies on the backside more than offset his lone bogey of the day on the par-5 13th hole.
Luke Gifford (67), Ian Maspat (69) and William Mouw (69) all turned in subpar rounds for the 11th-ranked Waves.
Pepperdine will look for its second win of the season as the Western Intercollegiate wraps up with final round action. Live coverage on the Golf Channel begins at 1:00 p.m. PT.
ABOUT THE Western Intercollegiate
54-hole men's college tournament hosted by
San Jose State University. “The Western” is
of the most highly recognized national
tournaments, conducted since 1946
Golf Club; a historic venue where a player’s
is always well-tested. Pasatiempo perennially
ranks among the best by all of the major golf
The format is slightly different than most college
events. Six-player teams take the best five scores
each round to determine the team score.
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