Three Aggies at Par or Better at Stanford

B.K.Sobhani watches his shot during Wednesday's practice round at Stanford.

March 28, 2013

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STANFORD, Calif. - Tyler Raber fired a 1-under 69 and B.K. Sobhani and Jonny Baxter each had 70's as UC Davis opened the U.S. Intercollegiate men's golf tournament at Stanford Golf Course in seventh place on Thursday.

Matt Seramin added a 71 and Matt Hansen carded a 75 for the Aggies who shot par-280 over the first 18 holes. Stanford fired an 8-under 272 on its own course, taking a one-shot lead over Saint Mary's and a two-shot advantage over TCU. San Francisco is in fourth place, three shots off the pace.

Raber is currently tied for 19th place, Sobhani and Baxter are tied for 25th, Seramin is tied for 31st and Hansen is tied for 76th.

"It was a pretty good start today for the Aggies," said head coach Cy Williams. "Everyone battled and hung in there. B.K.'s round was huge for us in his first college team start. It makes a big difference when we can have five guys competing and contributing."

Raber opened his day with a birdie on the par-5 1st hole and was 2 over at the turn. But he turned the tide with birdies on four of the next seven holes, helping him play the back nine 3 under and posting his 69.

Sobhani had three birdies to counter three bogeys overall in his first round, while also shooting a 1-under 34 on the front nine. He ended his day in strong fashion, posting three pars and a birdie over the final four holes. Baxter, who had five birdies on Thursday, was 1 under over his final five holes, matching Sobhani with a 70.

Seramin's 71 was highlighted by an eagle-2 on the par-4 11th hole, beginning a six-hole stretch where he was 4 under. Hansen started with a birdie on the first hole and then was 1 under on the final six holes of his opening round.

Nine players fired 66's on Thursday to each grab a share of the early lead as 24 players broke par in the first round.

The tournament continues with the second round on Friday and finishes with 18 holes on Saturday.