Granger Starts Strong at Alister MacKenzie Invite

Matt Seramin hit an eagle on the par-5 13th hole during his first round. (Todd Hammond)

Oct. 17, 2011

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FAIRFAX, Calif. - Junior Josh Granger leads the UC Davis men's golf team and is tied for 15th overall after shooting five under on the first day of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in Fairfax.

The Aggies are tied for 11th with New Mexico State after shooting a collective 3-under 565 after two rounds at the par-71, 6,728-yard Meadow Club.

Granger started off with a strong first round score of 4-under 67. He hit back-to-back birdies on his first and second holes, made par on the next four holes, then closed out his front nine with another birdie on the par-4 third hole. He opened his back nine with a birdie, his fifth of the round, before shooting par on another four straight holes. A bogey on the par-3 11th hole moved him to 3-under, but he moved back to 4-under with a birdie on the par-5 13th hole.

He began his second round with a birdie on the par-5 15th hole to start off at 1-under, but an unfortunate double bogey on the par-4 17th hole moved him to 1-over. He regrouped by shooting par on four holes and made birdie on the par-4 third hole to get back to even. He closed out his second round with two birdies and seven par shots to finish at one under for the round.

Matt Seramin is tied for 38th after shooting even for the day while freshman Mike Brockington and Daniel Covrig are tied for 48th at one over. Matt Hansen is tied for 62nd at four over.

Seramin's first round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 13th hole, leading him to a 1-under 70. He shot par on five holes and made three birdies during his front nine to move to two under, but dropped to two over after four bogeys. The eagle shot got him back on track, though, as he got back to even then birdied his final hole to finish at one under.

In his second round, Seramin hit five birdie shots and made par on eight holes to finish at 1-over 72.

Making his UC Davis debut, Brockington shot a 72 in his first round thanks to six birdies, then shot even in a second round that featured five straight par shots in his front nine and four birdies on his back nine.

Covrig's steady first round included two birdies on his front nine, then pars on eight of his back nine holes. In the second round, he hit four birdie shots en route to a 1-over 72.

Hansen shot a 1-over 72 in his first round, then shot three over in his second round.

Oregon leads the field at 30-under and is two strokes ahead of Cal which sits in second place at 28 under. San Diego State and San Francisco are tied for third at 24 under.

The event concludes Tuesday with the final 18 holes of action beginning at 7:45 a.m.

Alister MacKenzie Invitational
Meadow Club (Fairfax, Calif.)
Par 71; 6,728 yards
36 of 54 holes

1. Oregon, 270-268 - 538
2. California, 273-267 - 540
T3. San Diego State, 272-272 - 544
T3. San Francisco, 268-276 - 544
T5. BYU, 280-277 - 557
T5. Colorado State, 284-273 - 557
7. Fresno State, 284-274 - 558
8. Colorado, 277-283 - 560
9. Oregon State, 281-281 - 562
10. Pacific, 285-278 - 563
T11. UC DAVIS, 280-285 - 565
T11. New Mexico State, 284-281 - 565
13. San Jose State, 289-277 - 566
14. Washington State, 284-285 - 569
15. UC Irvine, 284-288 - 572
16. Utah, 290-284 - 574

1. Eugene Wong, Oregon, 65-63 - 128

T15. Josh Granger, 67-70 - 137
T38. Matt Seramin, 70-72 - 142
T48. Mike Brockington, 72-71 - 143
T48. Daniel Covrig, 71-72 - 143
T62. Matt Hansen, 72-74 - 146