March 29, 2004
EL MACERO, Calif. - UC Davis shot an opening round 4-under 284 and will take a one shot lead into Tuesday's final round following the first day of play at the 2004 Aggie Invitational, played on the par 72, 6,853-yard El Macero Country Club Monday.
The Aggies' 284 was the low round of the day as they followed that with a 294 in the afternoon round. The 578 first-day score is one stroke better than Chico State (579), which shot a 2-over 290 in the second round, the low round for the afternoon. Florida Gulf Coast (586) was in second place after firing an even-par 28 in the morning, but followed that with a 298 in the afternoon and will be paired with UC Davis and Chico State in Tuesday's final grouping. St. Edward's (586) and Hawaii-Hilo (588) round out the top five.
Individually, St. Edwards' Brian Noonan was one of three players to finish both rounds under par and enters Tuesday with a one stroke lead over Cal State Bakersfield's D.J. Fernando. Noonan went 68-70 for a first-day score of 6-under 138 while Fernando posted a 69-70 (139) on Monday. Sitting just two strokes back is Aggie senior Scott Gordon, who went 69-71 (140) in his first two rounds. St. Martin's Shane Prante (142) and Chico State's J.J. Jakovac (143) round out the top five.
Hawaii-Hilo's Kevin Shimomura shot the day's low round with a 5-under 67 in the morning round before shooting a 78 in the afternoon. Shimomura sits tied for 7th at 145, seven strokes off the lead.
In addition to Gordon, two other Aggies finished Monday in the top 10. Junior Eric Restrepo (145) and freshman Louie Bishop (145) are tied for 7th as Restrepo went 72-73 in his two rounds while Bishop was 2-under after the morning before finishing with a 75 in the afternoon. Senior Chris Kilkenny (148) is tied for 20th after an opening round 72 while freshman Steven Strong (156) is tied for 59th.
Two other Aggies were competing as individuals. Sophomore Erik Hill (146) shot an opening-round 71 and is tied for 16th while sophomore Jason Gambonini (150) sits tied for 31st after Monday's two rounds.
"For not having played a tournament since mid-February and coming off final exams last week, I'm very pleased with how we played," said Aggie head coach Cy Williams. "It's always good to be in first place and now we have to go out tomorrow and put up another strong round."
Play continues at the Aggie Invitational with a final 18 holes on Tuesday.