April 29, 2012
LA QUINTA, Calif. - The UC Davis men's golf team is in second place as all five Aggies, led by freshman Jonny Baxter's sixth-place finish, rank in the top 25 after the first day of action at the Big West Conference Championships at the La Quinta Resort Mountain Course in La Quinta.
UC Davis finished even for the day and is six strokes back of Pacific, which leads the field at a comfortable 6-under 282. The Aggies own a two-stroke lead over third-place Cal State Fullerton.
Pacific's Alex Edfort leads the field individually, shooting a 4-under 68 for the day, but the top-10 remains close. Three players are tied for second at three under, UC Riverside's Jason Semthiti owns sole possession of fifth place at two under, while four other players, including UC Davis' Baxter, are tied for sixth at 1-under 71.
Baxter's solid front nine was highlighted by birdies on three of his final four holes. He turned the corner at two under, then continued to roll as he started his back nine. He opened with back-to-back birdies to move to four under, parred the next two holes, then a final birdie on the par-4 14 moved him to five under. An unfortunate nine on the par-5 15th hole dropped him to one under, however, but Baxter parred the final three holes to finish at 1-under 71 for the day.
Baxter, who is one of three freshmen competing for UC Davis at the conference championship tournament, leads the Aggies, but all five are placed in the top 25.
Hansen, competing for the first time since Apr. 10, opened with a double bogey, but pars on six of his first nine holes coupled with two birdies improved him to even as he entered the back nine.
He bogeyed on the par-4 11th hole to drop to one over, but made par on the next five consecutive holes before a birdie on the par-4 17th hole brought him to even where he would finish.
Vivolo's front nine was highlighted by three birdies as he finished at one over before entering his back nine. The freshman made another two birdies to move to one under, but bogeyed the par-3 16th hole to drop back to even. He parred the final two holes of the day.
Seramin's round featured two birdies and 13 pars while Brockington shot consistently in his first round with 14 pars.
UC Davis, which looks to win its second straight men's golf championship, continues action on Monday. Tee time is set for 7:15 a.m.