Munetake Tied for 15th Entering Final Round
Oct. 2, 2017
FRESNO, Calif. -- Gonzaga men's golfer Tyler Munetake is tied for 15th after the first two rounds of the Nick Watney Invitational at the Sunnyside Golf Course.
Munetake is three-over par (145) following 36 holes. He carded a 72 (+1) in the first round and a 73 (+2) in the second round. The junior made 14 of his 25 pars in Round 2. He started on the 10th hole in the second round, going two-over on the first eight holes, before closing Monday even-par on his final 10 holes.
Ben DuBois made an eagle and three birdies in the second round. He is four-over (146) in a tie for 20th. The Renton, Wash. native, was four-under after 14 holes in Round 2. He has seven birdies in the tournament.
David Ganz and Nick Nolan are tied for 60th and 74th. Ganz is 11-over (153), while Nolan has a two-round total of 156 (+14). Both golfers played the second round better than the first and enter the final round with positive momentum. After going six-over on the first nine holes in the second round, Matthew Ruel was one-over over the last nine holes and ended Round 2 with a 78 (+7). He has a two-round total of 161 (+19) and is in 91st.
"Solid play by Tyler and Ben today to put themselves in a solid position for a nice showing going into tomorrow's final round," GU Head Coach Robert Gray said. "Our other three players really struggled with ball striking all day. David and Matt started to strike the ball a bit better towards the end of the second round, which should help for tomorrow. This course has the smallest greens of any course I've ever seen in college golf and poor ball striking puts a lot of pressure on the short game.
"Once again, the team held their heads up and fought all day. I'm very proud of them for that, especially how frustrating their games were for them."
Gonzaga is in 13th place at 32-over (600). The Bulldogs totaled a 296 in the second round, an eight-stroke improvement from the first round.
Saint Mary's, Loyola Marymount, Utah and BYU are all tied for first place at eight-over (576). BYU's Peter Kuest has a three-stroke lead over the rest of the field. He tops the leaderboard with a two-round total of 137 (-5). Kuest carded a tournament-low 65 (-6) in the first round.
Ruel tees off first for the Zags in the final round at 8:30 a.m. on Hole 10 Tuesday. Live scoring from the Sunnyside Golf Course will be available on GoZags.com.
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