SAMMAMISH, Wash. – (May 15) In its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in more than 50 years, the Seattle University men's golf team shot a 21-over-par 305 in the opening round of the NCAA Washington Regional Monday at the Aldarra Golf Club in Sammamish, Wash.

“This was the start that we wanted, but my team is better than they showed today and I'm confident that they'll show that tomorrow,” said Head Coach Marc Chandonnet.

The Redhawks' team score puts them in 13th in the 14-team field after the first of three rounds on the par-71, 6,885-yard course. Florida State turned in the best opening round at six-under 278 while top-ranked USC finished with a four-under-par 280.

Freshman Zack Overstreet and senior Patrick Sato helped the Redhawks get off to a strong start on the back nine, each birdying the 11th and 12th holes. Oversteet would shoot even par on the back nine while junior Joe Harvie and freshman Greg Gionfriddo were both two-over-par.

Harvie would turn in the best card of the day as a pair of birdies on the front nine helped the senior finish at two-over-par 73 and tied for 27th overall in the field of 75. After his strong start, Overstreet would struggle after the turn as two bogeys and two double bogeys left the rookie at six-over 77 for the day.

Sato finished the day at six-over 77 while fellow senior Kyle Cornett shot a seven-over 78. Gionfriddo finished with a nine-over 80.

"We looked a little timid out there at the start," said Chandonnet. "Hopefully we can get settled in a trust our abilities a bit better. We collectively played the par 5's plus-seven and we need to be better than that."

Round two tee times begin at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday. The Redhawks will begin teeing off at 9:50 a.m. on hole 10.

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