No. 20 Men’s Golf Tied For 9th After First Round Of Saint Mary’s Invitational

No. 20 Men’s Golf Tied For 9th After First Round Of Saint Mary’s Invitational

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Led by senior Hayden Shieh, who carded a 1-under 70, Santa Clara men's golf scored a 9-over 293 to tie for ninth-place after the first round of the Saint Mary's Invitational.

In a field that boasts seven teams ranked in the top-50 and 12 top-100 squads, according to the recent poll, the Broncos are in the middle of the pack in the 18-team field, trailing first-round leader San Francisco by 12-shots.

"We're in a spot we haven't been in yet this season," head coach Rob Miller said of his team that won two of its first three events this fall with a runner-up finish. "It's just one round and it was inevitable. But it'll give the guys something to battle back from."

Shieh doubled the par-4 seventh hole but responded with a pair of birdies and nine pars over his final 11 holes to finish in a tie for eighth-place seven other golfers, three shots behind a quartet of players at the top of the leaderboard at 4-under.

Derek Ackerman shot even-par 70 to tie for 16th place. "Derek and Hayden were solid today," Miller added. "But the other three guys struggled."

Jack Avrit and Matt McCarty each shot 5-over 76 to tie for 55th. "Matt was upset with his round," Miller said. "He hit a couple of the worst shots he's hit in ages, but he held it together after that."

Freshman Zack Kaneshiro played through a sore back to score a 6-over 77.

"This is a good field," Miller said. "We need to come out tomorrow, chip away and climb up the leaderboard."

Second round play on the 7,002-yard, par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course is schedule to get underway Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. PT. The Broncos will be among the first to tee off and will look to take advantage of more favorable playing conditions. Live scoring is available at

Santa Clara First Round Individual Results
T8. Hayden Shieh 70 = 70 (-1)
T16. Derek Ackerman   71 = 71 (E)
T55. Jack Avrit 76 = 76 (+5)
T55. Matt McCarty 76 = 76 (+5)
T68. Zack Kaneshiro 77 = 77 (+6)


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