Feb. 1, 2012
WAIKOLOA, Hawai'i - Josh Granger shot a 2-under 70 and is tied for 26th overall to lead the UC Davis men's golf team after the opening round at the 22nd Annual Amer Ari at Waikoloa Beach, hosted by Hawai'i-Hilo at the Waikoloa Kings' Course.
UC Davis is 20th overall after sophomore Matt Hansen withdrew from the first round due to illness and the Aggies completed the first day of action with scores from the remaining four players.
Top-ranked Texas sits in first place with a five-stroke lead over UCLA and Washington which are tied for second.
Granger turned in a solid front nine, using a birdie on the par-5 14th hole to get back to even and close out the first nine holes. The junior then opened the back nine with two straight birdies, moving to 2-under. He birdied again two holes later to get to 3-under, but a bogey on the par-3 seventh hole brought his score back to 2-under. He finished with back-to-back par shots to close his first round at 2-under.
Freshman Luke Vivolo finished at three over for the day as his first round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 18th hole. He also birdied on the par-5 second hole, but three straight bogeys dropped him back to a 3-over 75.
Jonny Baxter wrote himself into the UC Davis record books with a double eagle on the par-5 fourth hole, carding a two for the hole. It marks just the second time in the history of Aggie men's golf that the feat has been accomplished and the only other Aggie to ever score a double eagle is current assistant coach Todd Hammond.
Andrew Haggen was the final Aggie scorer, finishing at six over in a first round highlighted by four birdies.
Action continues on Thursday with a 9:30 a.m. (Pacific) shotgun start.
22nd ANNUAL AMER-ARI AT WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Waikoloa, Hawai'i (hosted by Hawai'i-Hilo)
Waikola Kings' Course
Par 72; 7,074 yards
1. Texas, 270
T2. UCLA, 275
T2. Washington, 275
4. USC, 276
5. Georgia Tech, 278
6. Stanford, 282
7. Oregon, 284
T8. Oklahoma State, 285
T8. Texas Tech, 285
T8. San Francisco, 285
11. Arizona State, 286
12. Osaka Gakuin University, 288
13. Chico State, 289
T14. TCU, 291
T14. Colorado, 291
T14. Oregon State, 291
T17. Hawai'i, 293
T17. San Jose State, 293
19. Hawai'i-Hilo, 294
20. UC DAVIS, 299
T1. Patrick Grimes, Stanford, 66
T1. Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington, 66
T1. Pontus Widegren, UCLA, 66