April 2, 2007
SOLVANG, Calif. - On a day when the scores were low from the word go, it is the University of Denver and Cal Poly that are in front after 36 holes of the OGIO-Pacific Coast Intercollegiate hosted by UC Santa Barbara at the Alisal River Course in Solvang, Calif.
Denver's five-man team shot nine of its 10 rounds under par and eight below 70 as they hold a narrow four-shot lead over Cal Poly, 546-550. The Mustangs were led by Chris Kirk who shot a tournament-best 8-under par 64 in the first round, and is at 13-under par 131 after two rounds. He leads Denver's Jeff Koprivetz by four shots heading into the final round. Another Mustang, Geoff Gonzalez, is tied for third with Pacific's Chris Rosenau and UCSB's Matt Grush. The third-place trio is at 8-under par 136. Grush is playing as an invidual.
In the first round of the tournament every Denver player shot 69 or better. Daniel Was paced the Pioneers through the first 18 holes with a 6-under par 66.
While Denver and Cal Poly hold a solid lead over the rest of the 18-team field, the battle for the other spots is tight. UC Irvine is in third with a 16-under par 560, Oregon State is fourth at 15-under par 561, San Diego is fifth at 13-under par 563 and the Gauchos are sixth at 10-under par 566. In all, 14 of the 18 teams are below par through 36 holes.
Among individuals, there were 104 rounds of par or better golf shot on the first day of the tournament.
"These were very good conditions," said UCSB head coach Steve Lass. "There was a little wind during the second round, but that was about all. The final day should see more great scores."
The third and final round will get underway at 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday.