Munetake Two-Under after First Round in Hawaii
Nov. 3, 2017
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Gonzaga men's golfer Tyler Munetake carded a 69 in the opening round of the fourth annual Ka'anapali Classic Collegiate Friday.
Playing in his home state, Munetake was two-under (69) in the first round on the Royal Ka'anapali Course at the Ka'anapali Golf Club. He matched his career low round behind five birdies and 10 pars. The junior is in a tie for 35th. He went three-under (3.73) on the course's Par-3 holes.
Nick Nolan is tied for 54th after an even-par (71) round. He had four birdies and 10 pars on Day 1. David Ganz is two-over (73). He was three-under on the front-nine with four birdies in the first round. The senior is tied for 79th.
Ben DuBois' 16 pars on the first day were the most in the 115-golfer field. He finished with a 74 (+3) and is tied for 86th. Holden Backes is playing as an individual and is also tied for 86th at three-over (74). He made 13 pars in his collegiate debut. Chris Mogg is four-over (75) in a tie for 98th.
The Zags are tied for 16th as a team. GU totaled a 287 (+3) Friday. The 287 is a season-low in a round for the Bulldogs. Two of Gonzaga's top-3 lowest rounds in program history have been at the Ka'anapali Classic Collegiate. The Zags finished with a 274 in the first round of the 2014 event.
"It was a Chamber of Commerce day for weather today," GU head coach Robert Gray said. "Little, to no wind with sun and 84 degrees. Plain and simple, we just didn't take advantage of the conditions as a team today. Tyler and Nick posted respectable rounds, but we needed more guys under par to keep up with the other teams. I spent most of the day with Ben and he hit the ball about as well as I have ever seen. Mostly, it was getting a gauge on how the grain would move the ball and he had a lot of putts that were across the grain, rather than straight into the grain or down the grain. That made it hard to figure out how much more or less break existed. Despite our team score, we continued to keep a competitive attitude throughout the day and that will definitely pay off down the road."
Fifteenth-ranked California leads the team leaderboard at 18-under (266). No. 12 LSU and No. 40 South Carolina are two strokes behind. Wyoming's Drew McCullough is the individual leader at eight-under (63). Three golfers are a stroke behind.
"The weather is supposed to change the next two days with the wind kicking up," Gray said. "That will make hitting the greens in regulation more difficult. We'll also need to avoid leaving ourselves with difficult up and downs when we do miss greens. We can make a strong move up the leaderboard with two solid rounds to finish off the event and we're close to putting it all together as a team."
The second round begins at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time Saturday. Live scoring will be available on GoZags.com.
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