Feb. 18, 2013
LA QUINTA, Calif. - UC Davis senior Tyler Raber fired five birdies on the Greg Norman Course, finishing with a 4-under 67 and a share of the early first-round lead at The Prestige at PGA WEST which had play suspended Monday by darkness.
Seven teams were not able to complete their opening rounds at the tournament which is co-hosted by UC Davis and Stanford. Players will finish the first round beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday before starting the second round at its scheduled time later that morning.
Fifteenth-ranked TCU and No. 10 USC were among the teams able to finish their first rounds and are separated by a stroke at the top of the 15-team leaderboard. The Horned Frogs shot a 6-under 278, one shot in front of the Trojans. UC Davis posted a 5-under 289 and is tied with Arizona Sate, Pepperdine and Oregon.
Raber and teammate Matt Hansen both enjoyed strong rounds for the Aggies on Monday. Hansen carded a 70 and is tied for 12th. Jonny Baxter finished with a 73 and is tied for 51st, Matt Seramin had a 79 and is tied for 81st, and Ben Corfee is tied for 83rd after finishing with an 80.
Raber had a birdie on the ninth hole to make his turn a shot under par before coming in with three birdies and six pars. He had back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th holes. He's tied with Jeffrey Kang of USC, Stanford's Cameron Wilson and Rufie Fessler of Fresno State. Fessler was not able to complete his opening round.
Hansen had three birdies on Monday, picking them up on the fourth, eighth and 10th holes. He was 1 under after nine holes and played the back nine even.
Baxter was 3 over midway through his round but helped his cause with four birdies the rest of the way, including consecutive birdies on the 11th and 12th holes, and then the 16th and 17th holes. Seramin had one birdie while Corfee had seven pars on his back nine.
"That was a very impressive round by Tyler," said Aggie coach Cy Williams. "He is an exceptional player and it was a fun round to watch. The team played really well, we just had a few bad holes or we would be right in it. We played just as well as the three teams in our group (Stanford, TCU, USC) and they are all ranked in the top 15 in the country."
The Prestige at PGA WEST is in its 13th season but is being played in the spring portion of the college golf season for the first time. It annually brings together many of the top collegiate programs in the country and this season features three teams ranked in the top 10 and seven in the top 50. It features the ninth-highest tournament field this season.
The 54-hole event concludes on Wednesday.
THE PRESTIGE AT PGA WEST
La Quinta, Calif. (co-hosted by UC Davis, Stanford)
Greg Norman Course
Par 71, 7,046 yards
First round (play suspended, darkness)
TEAMS (unofficial scores)
1. TCU, 278 (-6)
2. USC, 279 (-5)
3. Washington (-4; thru 15 holes)
T4. Oklahoma State, 283 (-1)
T4. UCLA, 283 (-1)
T4. Texas Tech, 283 (-1)
7. Fresno State (E, thru 12 holes)
8. Stanford, 285 (+1)
9. San Diego State (+4, thru 12 holes
T10. UC DAVIS, 289 (+5)
T10. Arizona State (+5, thru 15 holes)
T10. Pepperdine (+5, through 12 holes)
T10. Oregon (+5, thru 15 holes)
14. Colorado (+7, thru 15 holes)
15. Stirling, 300 (+16)
T1. Tyler Raber, UC DAVIS, 67 (-4)
T1. Jeffrey Kang, USC, 67 (-4)
T1. Cameron Wilson, Stanford, 67 (-4)
T1. Rufie Fessler, Fresno State (-4, thru 12 holes)