Grand Canyon tied for 6th at NCAA's
GCU tied for sixth after first day of NCAA Championships
BLAINE, WA - A solid first-round score of 301 on Tuesday has the Grand Canyon men's golf team tied for sixth at the Division II NCAA Championships at Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine, WA.
Brandon Hill (Avondale, AZ/Millennium) led the Lopes with a 1-over-par 72. He is tied for seventh place. Hill shot even-par on his final nine holes and had four birdies on the day.
GCU is eight strokes behind co-leaders Barry and Sonoma State, which each shot 9-over-par 293. Northeastern State is third at 297 (13-over-par).
The four-round, 72-hole tournament resumes Wednesday and wraps up Friday.
Following Hill, Bentley Nakasawa (Yuma, AZ/Catholic) shot a 3-over-par 74. He is tied for 20th. He was 1-over-par for his first nine holes.
Freshman Tyler Wooldridge (Carefree, AZ/Cactus Shadows) carded a 5-over-par 76 after starting the day 3-over through his first five holes.
Terence Daniels (Smith's, Bermuda/Desert Mountain) shot an 8-over-par 79. Senior Mike Krahe (Flagstaff, AZ/Sinagua) finished 9-over par, but ended the day strong going just 1-over-par on his final nine holes.
Grand Canyon is competing in the NCAA finals for the fourth straight year and eighth overall. The Lopes best finish is 10th, which they have done three times, most recently in 2007.
CSU-San Bernardino's Gene Webster was the lone golfer to shoot under par. Webster holds a one-stroke lead over five others after finishing with a 1-under-par 70.
Washburn's Matt Ewald had a hole-in-one on the 326-yard, par-4, 13th hole.