Record-Setting Day for MGLF in Spring Opener

Feb. 25, 2018

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Gonzaga men's golf team matched a program-record with a 274 (-14) second round total in the Loyola Intercollegiate Sunday. Matt Ruel's second round 65 (-7) matched the lowest round in program history. The Zags sit in second place entering Monday's final round at the Palm Valley's Golf Club's Palm Course.

Four GU golfers are under-par after 36 holes, led by Tyler Munetake, who is tied for seventh at eight-under (136). He opened the Bulldogs' spring schedule with a 67 (-5), followed by a 69 (-3) in the second round. The junior was tied for seventh after both rounds on Day 1. He played bogey-free golf in the first round with five birdies and 13 pars. Munetake started the round on Hole 10, and was four-under on the final nine holes. He had six birdies in the second round. The Wailuku, Hawaii native, is five-under (3.75) on the course's Par-4 holes.

David Ganz was also tied for seventh following the first round, before carding a 71 (-1) in Round 2. He had six birdies and 11 pars in the first round, and five birdies and 11 pars in the second round. The senior leads the 107-golfer field on the course's Par-5 holes with a 4.00 average (-8). He is tied for 16th on the leaderboard at six-under (138).

"Tyler and David were solid all day," Gonzaga Head Coach Robert Gray said. "Just three bogeys and two doubles over 72 holes between both of them. Just solid golf all day."

Ganz's and Munetake's first round totals of 67 match the third-lowest rounds in program history. It was the third time Ganz carded a 67 in his career.

As a team, Gonzaga is in second place at 22-under (554). College of Charleston is in first after two rounds with a 546 total (-30). Connecticut and Hartford are both a stroke behind the Zags at 21-under (555). GU was tied for eighth after totaling a 280 (-8) in the first round. The Bulldogs' 274 second round total was the lowest team total of the day.

"Solid team effort to start the season," Gray said. "After almost four months since our last competition, it's always hard to know how we'll come out and compete in our first event of the spring season.

"The guys did a great job hanging in there despite fighting off the rust and some early nerves. We had a couple of loose shots which resulted in a few big numbers, but they didn't let it rattle them. Having our second round score tie our lowest 18-hole score in program history, and post our lowest 36-hole score in program history is a great to start the season!"

Nick Nolan is tied for 34th at two-under. He followed up an opening round 73 (+1), with a 69 (-3) in the second round. His second round featured eight birdies.

"Nick had a lot of birdie opportunities the first round, but just didn't get any putts to fall," Gray said. "That changed for him in the second round where he carded eight birdies, including six in an eight-hole stretch."

Ruel's seven-under (65) second round matched the third lowest total in the event on the first day. He also matched the lowest-round in GU history. Sean Walsh finished with a 65 in the Wyoming Cowboy Classic on April 7, 2014. Ruel started the tournament with a 78 (+6) Sunday, before making eight birdies with one bogey in the second round. He was five-under on his final nine holes of the day. The transfer from Ole Miss is tied for 40th at one-under (143).

"Matt had the biggest turnaround today," Gray said. "After struggling the first round he bounced back strong with a program-tying single round score of 65, which included a stretch of five birdies in a row."

Chris Mogg is tied for 81st at five-over (149). The sophomore was one-over (73) in Round 1, and four-over (76) in the second round.

Danny Gorman of SIU Edwardsville tops the leaderboard at 12-under (132). Towson's William Bachelor and Logan Sowell of College of Charleston are both at 11-under (133). College of Charleston's Hunter Dunagan had the lowest round of the day, carding a 62 (-10) in the first round. He is tied for fifth at nine-under (135).

The second round was called due to darkness with one group remaining on the course. Golfers from Xavier and UT-Martin, which are both tied for 12th, Drake (T14th) and Army (T17th) will finish their rounds Monday, beginning at 8 a.m. Live scoring from the third and final round will be available on



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