UC Davis In Early Fourth Place At The Prestige

Oct. 11, 2009

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LA QUINTA, Calif. - Paced by third-place showings from Pedro Figueiredo and Pontus Widegren who each shot 3-under 69s on Sunday, the UCLA men's golf team took an early two-shot lead over co-host Stanford after the first round of The Prestige at PGA WEST.

Co-host UC Davis, behind rounds of 71 from Tim Honeycutt and Austin Graham, were one of four teams to break par on the first day, shooting 1-under 287 and are in fourth place. Honeycutt and Graham are each tied for 10th in the 80-player field.

Thirteen teams are competing in the 54-hole event being contested at the par-72, 7,300-yard TPC Stadium Course. UCLA shot an 8-under team score of 280 during Sunday's round while Stanford, which has co-leader Sihwan Kim, fired a 282.

Vanderbilt is in third at 3-under 285, just two shots ahead of the Aggies. Defending champion TCU (289), the University of San Diego (290) and USC (294) round out the top seven places.

UC Davis sophomore Tyler Raber had a 72 and is tied for 16th, Andrew Haggen is tied for 22nd after a 73, and senior Brent Booth is tied for 31st after firing a 2-over 74 on the difficult course.

Honeycutt had six birdies during Sunday afternoon's opening round while Graham carded five. Raber had three birdies while Haggen had four, including three straight on the 14th through 16th holes. Booth had two birdies.

Kim shares the lead with defending co-medalist Johan de Beer of TCU who matched Kim with a 4-under 68. de Beer is playing as individual. Kim highlighted his round with seven birdies, including five on his back nine. de Beer had two birdies in his first six holes and then later added an eagle-3 on the par-5 eighth to get to 4-under which he finished his round at.

Figueiredo and Widegreen are among four players tied for third at 3-under, joining Daniel Jennevret of TCU and Ben Murray of San Diego.

Stanford has two players also tied for 10th with Steve Ziegler and David Chung. The Cardinal's Jordan Cox shot a 72 and is tied for 16th while Andrew Yun carded a 73 to tie for 22nd. Stanford also has four players competing as individuals led by Graham Brockington who is tied for 43rd after his round of 75.

The Prestige at PGA WEST, now in its 10th season, features top academic and golf-playing institutions. The tournament, which has been played at several courses at the world-class resort, is in its first year at the TPC Stadium Course. Five teams participating this year are ranked among the top 40 by Golfstat, including No. 4 Washington, No. 8 Stanford, No. 12 USC, No. 27 TCU and No. 38 Notre Dame.

Teams will continue play with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun round on Monday before concluding the event with 18 holes on Tuesday morning.

La Quinta, Calif. (hosted by UC Davis, Stanford)
TPC Stadium Course/b>
Par 72; 7,300 yards/b>
18 of 54 holes 

1. UCLA, 280
2. Stanford, 282
3. Vanderbilt, 285
4. UC DAVIS, 287
5. TCU, 289
6. San Diego, 290
7. Southern California, 294
T8. Pepperdine, 297
T8. Washington, 297
T8. Central Florida, 297
11. Notre Dame, 299
12. Long Beach State, 308
13. Hawaii, 312

T1. Johan de Beer, TCU, 68
T1. Sihwan Kim, Stanford, 68
T3. Pedro Figueiredo, UCLA, 69
T3. Daniel Jennevret, TCU, 69
T3. Ben Murray, San Diego, 69
T3. Pontus Widegren, UCLA, 69

T10. Tim Honeycutt, 71
T10. Austin Graham
, 71 
T16. Tyler Raber
, 72 
T22. Andrew Haggen
, 73 
T31. Brent Booth
, 74