After cutting six strokes on the last two holes Monday, the Seattle University men’s golf team ended the first round of the Western Athletic Conference Championship in seventh place at Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev.
David Torres (Armenia, Colombia) is tied for 11th after the first round, turning in a score of even-par 72. Torres carded five birdies on the round with four of them coming one each of the last four holes. Thanks to the run of red numbers at the end, Torres dropped his score from 4-over to even-par, tying for his third-lowest round of the year.
Jordan Beals (Enumclaw, Wash.) is just one stroke behind Torres, tied for 15th with a score of 1-over-par 73. Beals made the turn at 2-over-par 38 after birdying No. 3, but ending the first nine with a double-bogey and a bogey. He played the next seven holes at 1-over, and an eagle-3 on No. 17 took him down to 1-over-par for the round, where he ended the day. The total is Beals’ third-lowest individual round score of the season.
One stroke behind Beals, Rob Seibly (Spokane, Wash.) carded a 74, two strokes over par, and tied for 21st. He made the turn at 3-over 39 by tallying seven pars and one birdie on the front nine, but also needed nine strokes to get through the par-5 eighth hole. On the back nine he tallied two more bogeys but countered them with a birdie and an eagle on No. 17 to end the round at 2-over.
Colter Morton (Pocatello, Idaho) tallied 12 pars on the day, but could only find red numbers once with a birdie on No. 18. Morton ended the day at 6-over-par 78, with five of those additional strokes coming on the first five holes. He is tied for 38th.
Rounding out the Seattle U lineup, Will Holdridge (Lynden, Wash.) carded an 8-over-par 80 Monday. He had an exciting front nine, tallying only two pars en route to a score of 5-over 41 at the turn. He settled down more on the second nine with six pars and three bogeys, giving him a score of eight over on the day. He is tied for 47th with three other players.
As a team, the Redhawks are in seventh after counting 297 strokes (+9) on the day. Thanks to three birdies and two eagles on the last two holes, they climbed six shots and two spots up the leaderboard at the end of the round. New Mexico State has the team lead at 286 (-2), while UTSA’s J.J. Lindsey is on top of the individual leaderboard with a score of 3-under-par 69.
Seattle U will begin the second round of the WAC Championship Tuesday, April 30, when Will Holdridge tees off at 7:40 a.m., again at Rio Secco Golf Club.