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Zags 12th After First Round Of Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 10/07/2012
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Gonzaga University men's golf team is 12th after the opening round of the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic at the Warren Golf Course, as rain and low temperatures played havoc on the day.

The Bulldogs shot a 302 over the 7,023-yard, par 71 course.

Junior Peter Gullickson shot a 74 to tie for 27th. Sophomore James Fahy fired a 75 and freshman Sean Walsh shot a 76. Rounding out the scores was senior Travis Johnsen and sophomore Brendan Connolly who both shot a 77.

"We didn't play well but kept ourselves in the thick of it when play was cancelled with 3-6 holes to go," explained Zag head coach Robert Gray. "After the 30-minute rain delay we came out a bit flat and finished those holes 6-over. Even though our play after the delay hurt our position, I was pleased with how everyone hung in there and fought for every shot. That's a big step forward for us and today was a great example of how it keeps us in the tournament."

Only five players finished Sunday's opening round under par, led by the University of Houston's Curtis Reed and Texas-Arlington's Paul McConnell. Both are tied for first after shooting a two-under par 69.

Houston and Michigan State University are tied for first after Sunday's opening round with an 18-hole score of 287, nine strokes ahead of the University of Minnesota.

Only 10 strokes are between fourth place University of San Francisco and Gonzaga.

"The field is really bunched up and we have two more rounds to move up the board," explained Gray. "The last couple of events we've had a player or two post an under par round to really help the team. We didn't get that today but I know we can get them over the net two rounds."

Monday's round of 18 is set to begin at 6:30 a.m. PST. Fans can follow the entire tournament at www.golfstat.com

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