The Seattle University men’s golf team fought through blustery conditions to end the first day of the Jackrabbit Invitational, hosted by South Dakota State University, in a tie for eighth place after 36 holes Monday at the Primm Valley Golf Club.

David Torres (Armenia, Colombia) posted the team’s best score in each round, shooting one-under-par 71 in the opening 18 holes before closing the day with a score of two-over-par 74. His 36-hole score of one-over-par 145, featuring nine birdies, is tied for 12th place in the individual standings.

Ross Kukula (Ocean Park, Wash.) shot even-par 72 in the first round and two-over-par 74 in the second round for a two-round score of two-over-par 146, ending the day in a tie for 15th place. Ahren Young (Renton, Wash.) earned an eagle in the first round, posting consecutive scores of 76 (+4) to finish Monday in a tie for 44th place at 152 (+8).

Patrick Sato (Bellevue, Wash.) posted scores of 76 (+4) and 81 (+9) to end the day in a tie for 65th place with a cumulative score of 157 (+13). Luka Karaula (Zapresic, Croatia) contributed to the team’s score with an opening-round 73 (+1), but his second-round score was disqualified, eliminating him from the individual standings.

As a team, Seattle U combined for scores of 292 (+4) and 305 (+17) for a two-round total of 597 (+21), tied with Youngstown State for eighth place. With all five golfers currently in the top 10, UNLV is dominating the team standings, leading the tournament by 17 strokes, with the Rebels’ Carl Jonson on top of the individual standings at 138 (-6).

The third and final round of the Jackrabbit Invitational is scheduled for a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., with the Seattle University golfers starting on holes 7-10.

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