The Seattle University men’s golf team opened its 2013-14 season Monday with the first two rounds of the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, hosted by Washington State University, and the Redhawks find themselves in 12th place as a team after 36 holes at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course.
Freshman Patrick Sato (Bellevue, Wash.) got his collegiate career off to a solid start, shooting 68 (-2) in the first round that featured a stretch of three birdies in four holes. However, he struggled in the second round, posting a score of 74 (+4) to end the day in a tie for 21st place at 142 (+2).
Luka Karaula (Zapresic, Croatia) carded identical scores of 72 (+2) in each round to finish the day in a tie for 30th place at 144 (+4). Kyle Cornett (Mill Creek, Wash.) improved from a first round 76 (+6) to a second round 71 (+1) to end the day in a tie for 53rd place with a 36-hole total of 147 (+7).
Ahren Young (Renton, Wash.) also showed improvement during his second circuit of the day, following a first round 78 (+8) with a second round 72 (+2) to post a cumulative total of 150 (+10), good enough for a tie for 67th place. David Torres (Armenia, Colombia) ended the day in a tie for 71st place after rounds of 75 (+5) and 76 (+6) led to a cumulative total of 151 (+11). Playing as an individual, Ross Kukula (Ocean Park, Wash.) started strong with a first round 72 (+2), but struggled to a second round 80 (+10) to end the day in a tie for 77th place at 152 (+12).
As a team, Seattle University shot rounds of 291 (+11) and 289 (+9) to finish the first day 12th in the team standings at 580 (+20), but the Redhawks are just eight strokes behind sixth place Chico State. Washington State shot 10-under-par 270 in the second round to surge into the lead by seven strokes over Cal State Fullerton. Cody Blick of San Jose State and Blake Snyder of Washington State are tied for the individual lead at five-under-par 135, one stroke ahead of three players.
Seattle University will finish up play with the third and final round Tuesday, Sept. 10, scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m.