May 5, 2003
LITTLETON, Colo. -
Jay Westerlund fired an opening-round 67 to lead UC Davis to a 9-under par, 279, and a three-stroke lead over Cal State Stanislaus following the first day of play at the 2003 NCAA Division II West Regional Golf Tournament Monday at the par 72, 7,011-yard Meadows Golf Course.
UC Davis' first-day score marked its best round of the season gave the Aggies the opening-round lead at a tournament they have won two of the past three seasons. Cal State Stanislaus (282), Cal State Bakersfield (283), UC San Diego (285) and Grand Canyon (295) rounded out the top five. Western Washington (297) and Hawaii-Hilo (297) are tied for sixth while Chico State (300) rounds out the eight-team field.
Individually, Westerlund's 5-under 67 marked his best round of the season and puts him in a tie with Stanislaus' Ryan Thornberry for the first round lead. The pair sits one stroke ahead of Westerlund's teammate, Eric Restrepo, who also shot a season-low with a 4-under 68. UC San Diego teammates Joe Dolby and Brian Duckworth are also tied with Restrepo at 68.
Aggie junior Scott Gordon sits tied for sixth, two strokes off the pace after a first-day score of 3-under 69. It was the first time this season Gordon broke 70 as he shares sixth place with Bakersfield's Bill Sutt.
Also competing for UC Davis are junior Chris Kilkenny, whose 75 has him tied for 26th, and Brett Borchers, who shot 79 in the first round and is tied for 37th.
"It was huge for us to get off to a good start," said Aggie Head Coach Cy Williams. "This course sets up well for us and when the weather stays calm like it did today, we can go shoot low. Jay, Eric and Scott really played well. They are our big three and led us today against a very strong field. Now we need to carry today's momentum into tomorrow and post another low score."
Play continues at the NCAA Division II West Region Tournament with 18 holes on Tuesday before concluding with a final 18 on Wednesday.