Aggies in eighth after first round at Amer Ari

Feb. 1, 2018

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii - Junior Jesse Bratz and sophomore Matt Robinson each turned in 2-under-par 70 rounds to lead UC Davis to a team total of 5-under 283 in the opening round of the Amer Ari Intercollegiate men’s golf tournament Thursday. The Aggies sit alone in eighth place, just four strokes behind leader Texas.

Robinson shot 1-under-par on each side of the course, with birdies on the fourth, sixth, 11th and 18th holes. Bratz, who opened on the par-3 third, slipped to 2-over at the turn before firing a 33 on the back nine. He birdied the 11th, 13th, 15th and 18th; then closed out his day with another bird on the 562-yard second. Robinson and Bratz finished the day in a tie for 17th place.

Senior Evan Knight gave UC Davis another player under par, highlighting his day with an eagle-2 on the 465-yard sixth. He finished at 1-under 71, good for a tie for 27th in the individual standings. Another senior, Ryan Han, carded an even-par 72 to close out the first round in T38th place, while freshman Thomas Hutchison shot a 1-over 73 for T48th on the leaderboard.

Georgia Tech’s Tyler Strafaci leads the individual medalist race at 6-under 66. No. 16 Texas leads the team standings at 9-under 279, while No. 2 Oklahoma State is a stroke behind at 280. The three-day Amer Ari takes place on the 7,074-yard King’s Course at Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Waikoloa Beach Resort King’s Course

1. Texas, 279
2. Oklahoma State, 280
t3. Georgia Tech, 281
t3. Texas Tech, 281
t3. TCU, 281
t6. Southern California, 282
t6. San Jose State, 282
8. UC Davis, 283
9. Auburn, 286
t10. Colorado, 287
t10. Oregon, 287
12. Stanford, 288
13. Arizona State, 289
14. Osaka Gakuin (Japan), 296
t15. Hawaii-Hilo, 302
t15. Oregon State, 302
17. Pacific, 305
18. Hawai’i, 308

Leader plus UC Davis participants

1. Tyler Strafaci, Georgia Tech, 66
t17. Matt Robinson, 70
t17. Jesse Bratz, 70
t27. Evan Knight, 71
t38. Ryan Han, 72
t48. Thomas Hutchison, 73

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