Cal has wrapped up action on the first day of the 2010 NCAA Championships at the par-72, 7,395-yard The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee, just outside of Chattanooga. The Golden Bears, who started from the 10th tee at 7:20 a.m. EDT, are currently in 14th place with a first-round team score of five-over par 293 that is actually the third-best team score in the clubhouse behind current tournament co-leader Arizona State (286, -2) and current tied for 12th-place squad Kent State (292, +4). But with only six teams completely in the clubhouse and three clubs having not yet even started, the team and player leader boards are likely to change often over the next several hours before all 30 teams and 156 players complete first round action.
Hagy shot 36 both going out and coming back in with identical nines of two birdies, five pars and two bogeys.
Mina was briefly on top of the leader board after making birdie on each of his first two holes (10 and 11), but a double bogey on 15 and a bogey on 17 gave him a one-over par score of 37 on his first nine holes. On his second nine, he shot a 35 by coming back with three birdies, four pars and two bogeys.
Stephen Hale was amazingly consistent during his two-over par round of 74, making 14 consecutive pars before two bogeys, a birdie and another bogey over his final four holes.
The three-over par round of 75 shot by Michael Weaver was much different than Hale's, as Weaver needed his four birdies to help ease seven bogeys. Weaver's round resembled a yo-yo as he bogeyed two of his first three holes, birdied his next, then had a bogey and a birdie over his next four holes to finish his first nine with a one-over par 37. He started his second nine that ended with a score of 38 with two bogeys over his first four holes, but then birdied two in a row to get back to one-under par, before bogeying his next two to finish at three-over. He had only seven pars on the day.
Max Homa's round of seven-over par 79 both started and ended tough with a brief stretch of brilliant play in between. Homa was out in 41 with five bogeys, including three on his first four holes. However, he started his second nine on fire with birdies on three of his first four holes, before two bogeys, a double bogey and another bogey left him with a 38.
Arizona State's Jesper Kennegard has the lowest score in the clubhouse with a four-under par round of 68 and is currently tied for the tournament lead with Baylor's Ryan O'Rear, who is four-under through 16 holes.
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