March 12, 1999
LAS VEGAS - Thirty mile-per-hour winds and fast greens gave the best golfers in the country fits during the opening round of play at the 11th-Annual Golf Digest Invitational at The Desert Inn Golf Club, Friday. Of the 75 golfers competing, only three managed to card sub-par rounds as none of the 15-team field, which includes 12 of the nation's Top 20 teams, were able to break par.
Senior Dan Arroyo (Walnut Creek) and junior Dong Yi (Alameda) finished tied for 15th among individuals at 2-over 74 to led the way for 19th-ranked California, which combined to shoot a season-high 12-over 301 to close out round one in eighth place. Third-ranked Georgia Tech finished at four-over 292 to capture the first round lead. David Cossett, who carded a 5-under 67 is the individual leader.
Senior Dan Coyle (Dundalk, Ireland) at 3-over 75 was Cal's next best finisher in 27th, while senior Jay Berkowitz (Weaverville), 6-over 78, and junior Han Lee (Cerritos), 7-over 79, finished in 48th and 56th, respectively.
The Bears will try to climb the standings during Saturday's second round of play from Las Vegas, Nev. Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m.
11th-Annual Golf Digest Invitational, presented by Cleveland Golf The Desert Inn Golf Club, Las Vegas, Nev. Par 72, 7013 Yards
TEAM STANDINGS - 1. Georgia Tech 292 (+4); 2. Clemson, New Mexico 295 (+7); 4. Georgia 296 (+8); 5. Oklahoma State, UNLV 298 (+10); 7. Houston 300 (+12); 8. CALIFORNIA 301 (+13); 9. Arizona State, Texas 303 (+15); 11. Virginia 304 (+16); 12. Southern Methodist 308 (+20); 13. Minnesota, Texas Christian 310 (+22); 15. Arizona 319 (+31).
TOP 15 INDIVIDUALS - 1. David Cossett (Tex.) 67 (-5); 2. Bruce Molder (GT) 70 (-2); 3. Steve marino (UVa) 71 (-1); 4. D.J. Brigman (NM), Elliot Gealy (Clem), Wil Collins (NM), Anders Hultman (OSU), Wes Latimer (GT) 72 (E); 9. John Engler (Clem); Jeff Quinney (ASU), James McLean (Minn), Charley Hoffman (UNLV); Jeremy Parrott (UGa), Chris Berry (UNLV) 73 (+1); 15. Dan Arroyo (Cal), Dong Yi (Cal) 74 (+2).
OTHER CALIFORNIA SCORES - t48. Jay Berkowitz 78 (+6); t56. Han Lee 79 (+7).