Robinson, Knight open strong at Windon Memorial

Oct. 8, 2017

SKOKIE, Ill. - Sophomore Matt Robinson shot a 3-under-par 67 while senior Evan Knight carded a 2-under 68 in the opening round, then Knight followed with a 73 to unofficially finish Day 1 action with 141 total strokes, leading UC Davis at the Windon Memorial Classic men’s collegiate golf tournament at Evanston Golf Club Sunday.

Darkness halted the action before all 15 teams could complete the second set of 18 holes, leaving just one round of official scores available. UC Davis ranked seventh in the team standings after the first round with a one-over 281 total. Robinson’s 67 put him in a five-way tie for third place on the inidvidual leaderboard, with Knight taking part in a tie for eighth.

Knight opened the day with birdie-3s on both the 10th and 11th holes, then scored a 2 on the 220-yard 17th in hitting the turn at 3-under-par. Robinson shot even par through the back nine, but finished the front nine in strong fashion: an eagle 3 on the 503-yard sixth plus a birdie on the ninth.

Senior Brandon Baumgarten shot a 2-over 72 in the first round, with junior Jesse Bratz and freshman Thomas Hutchison rounding out the Aggie lineup with scores of 74 and 75, respectively. However, Bratz and Hutchison each shot 2-over 72 in Sunday’s uncompleted second round.

The 21st edition of the Windon Memorial, hosted by Northwestern, will resume on Monday morning. The remaining teams will complete their second rounds starting at 7:30 a.m. local time (5:30 PDT), then the field will be re-paired for a 8 a.m. Pacific shotgun start. 

Evanston Golf Club
Par 70, 6,793 yards.

TEAM STANDINGS (Through 18 holes)
1. Miami (Ohio), 272
t2. Marquette, 276
t2. Northwestern, 276
t2. Iowa, 276
5. Indiana, 277
6. Penn State, 280
7. UC Davis, 281
8. Army, 282
t9. Iowa State, 283
t9. Northern Illinois, 283
11. Princeton, 285
12. Eastern Michigan, 291
13. Wisconsin, 294
14. Loyola (Ill.), 302
15. Columbia, 313

INDIVIDUALS (Through 18 holes)
Leader plus UC Davis competitors.

1. Patrick Flavin, Miami, 65
t3. Matt Robinson, 67
t8. Evan Knight, 68
t41. Brandon Baumgarten, 72
t59. Jesse Bratz, 74
t63. Thomas Hutchison, 75

Note: darkness halted play before the conclusion of Round 2. Only scores through the end of Round 1 are official.

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