Nov. 3, 2003
LA QUINTA, Calif. -
Defending champion Texas Christian University fired a second-round of 8-under par, 280, and holds a two-stroke lead over Brigham Young University following the first two rounds at The Prestige At PGA WEST, played Monday on the par-72, 6,841-yard LA Quinta Resort Mountain Course.
TCU, which sat in ninth place following the morning round, shot the day's low round in the afternoon and enter's Tuesday's final round at 3-under par, 573. BYU (575) sits two shots off the lead after rounds of 286 and 289. A trio of teams, including Pepperdine, UCLA and Northwestern, are tied for third at 578, five strokes behind TCU. UCLA fired a 5-under par, 283 in the morning, two share the first-round lead with co-host Stanford.
UC Davis sits in ninth place following the first two rounds at 590. The Aggies shot an opening-round of 2-over par, 290, then following that with a second-round 300 in the afternoon.
Individually, Stanford's Zach Miller shot back-to-back 5-under par 67's on Monday to take a five stroke lead over TCU's Colby Beckstrom into Tuesday's final round. Miller's 67's tied the low rounds of the day, along with Northwestern's Tom Johnson, who shot 5-under 67 in the morning round. A group of five players sits seven strokes off the lead and in third place, including UC Irvine's Vinnie Poncino, BYU teammates Todd Miller and Jake Ellison, Pepperdine's Michael Putnam and Stanford's Kevin Blue.
The Aggies were paced by sophomore Brett Borchers and junior Eric Restrepo. Borchers fired the Aggies' low round of the day in the morning with a 3-under par, 69. He followed that with a 76 in the afternoon and stands at 1-over par, 145, 11 shots off the lead. Restrepo went 71-74 in his two rounds as both players finished Monday tied for 17th. Freshman Louie Bishop is tied for 39th after going 76-73 for a two-round score of 149. Seniors Scott Gordon (151-T51st) and Chris Kilkenny (162-T76) rounded out the Aggie lineup.
The highlight of the day came in the morning round when Colorado's Jeff Hanson recorded the first hole-in-one in the four-year history of the tournament. The shot occurred on the par 3, 172-yard 16th hole, the most difficult hole in last year's tournament.
The Prestige at PGA WEST, hosted by the UC Davis and Stanford, is in its fourth year of bringing together 15 of the nation's top academic and golf-playing universities. The Prestige has quickly become one of the nation's top collegiate golf tournaments with the help of presenting sponsors Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co., GEM (the official neighborhood electric vehicle), Nike Golf, KSL Resorts, Charles Schwab, PGA WEST and the La Quinta Resort & Club.
Played concludes at The Prestige At PGA West on Tuesday with a final 18 holes.