St. George, Utah -
After a winter break of more than three months, the Seattle University men's golf team kicked off the spring season by shooting a collective 292 (+4) Monday at the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invite, good for second place after the first of two rounds at Sunbrook Golf and Country Club in St. George, Utah.
Leading the way for the Redhawks was Will Holdridge (Lynden, Wash.), who followed carded a two-under par 34 on his final nine holes to end the day at 1-under-par 71. He is one of five currently tied for fifth in the individual standings and one stroke away from first place.
Just two strokes behind Holdridge, two SU players are tied in 15th after carding 1-over-par 73's Monday. Both David Torres (Armenia, Colombia) and Colter Morton (Pocatello, Idaho) took 39 strokes on the first nine holes and 34 throughout the final nine on the day to end their first competitive rounds in 2013 in 15th place.
Next up for the Redhawks is Preston Matchett (Billings, Mont.). Matchett sits just outside the top 25 and is in a 10-way tie for 26th after shooting three-over-par 75 Monday. Rounding out the SU lineup, Rob Seibly (Spokane, Wash.) shot an 8-over 80 and is tied for 72nd heading into Tuesday's final round.
As a team, the Redhawks are currently in second place after counting 292 strokes (+4) on the day, ahead of fellow Western Athletic Conference members Denver, Utah State, and Idaho. The College of Charleston is in first place after taking 286 strokes on the day (-2) while there is a four-way tie for the individual lead at 2-under-par 70.
The Redhawks will conclude the two-day tournament Tuesday, February 12. The second round is slated for a 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time start at Sunbrook Golf and Country Club.