Montgomery Tied for Second at WCC Championships
April 20, 2017
PROVO, Utah -- Angus Montgomery carded a 68 (-4) in the opening round of the 2017 West Coast Conference Championships at the Riverside Country Club Thursday. The senior sits in a tie for second, just a stroke out of first place.
Montgomery's four-under round matched a season-low for the Zags. He made seven birdies on Day 1, which were the most in the 45-golfer field. The Middlesborough, England native went three-under (4.25) on the course's four Par-5 holes, and one-under on the Par-4 holes. Starting on Hole 10, Montgomery went one-under on his first nine holes, before going three-under on the front-nine, including an electrifying finish by birdieing the final four holes. His round of 68 was one stroke shy of matching his career-low round.
Ryan Gaske is a stroke behind Montgomery in a tie for fifth place. He had a bogey-free round with 15 pars, matching the most in the tournament on the first day. Gaske was also one-under (3.90) on the Par-4 holes, and two-under (4.50) on the Par-5 holes. The senior was two-under on the back-nine and one-under on the front, birdieing holes 13, 14 and seven.
"Great rounds today by Angus and Ryan," GU Head Coach Robert Gray said. "Angus struck the ball well today and had a great finish to his round, making birdies on his final four holes to finish at 68. Ryan posted a bogey-free round of 69, playing his par 5's two under par."
The Bulldogs are tied for sixth on the team leaderboard, three strokes out of the top-three, and 10 strokes behind the leader, BYU. Gonzaga posted its third-lowest round of the season with a 289 (+1) Thursday.
Nick Nolan is tied for 26th at two-over (74). He made 12 pars in Round 1. The freshman went even-par on his last nine holes of the day, after going two-over through the first nine holes.
"Nick got off to a slow start and wasn't able to play the par 5's under par (+1), but he hung in there to post a two-over par, 74 in his first conference championship round," Gray said.
David Ganz and Chris Mogg are both tied in 43rd after rounds of 78 (+6). Ganz was one-over after his first nine holes in the round, while Mogg rebounded with an even-par finish through his last nine holes.
"Chris got on the bogey train during his first nine holes, making bogey on four straight holes, but he also regrouped and played his final nine holes even par to post a 78," Gray said. "David got through his first nine one-over par, making a lone bogey on the Par-5 13th. He got off to a bad start on his second nine playing the first three holes four-over par and finished the remaining holes one-over. David wasn't able to make any birdies today, which is unusual and that makes it hard to post a good score."
Santa Clara's Hayden Shieh leads the individual leaderboard at five-under (67). Montgomery is one of three golfers at four-under, and Gaske is one four golfers at three-under.
"We were really close to having a great round today," Gray said. "We've struggled getting rounds under par this spring and we were five-under with three of our scores, but the fourth took us to one-over for our total. Tomorrow our goal will be to get that fourth score and post a great round to move up the leaderboard and get us within distance of winning the final day."
Mogg opens the second round for the Zags Friday morning at 7:50 a.m. Pacific Time. Live scoring will be available on GoZags.com.
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