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BYU and Utah in good position after Day 1 of NCAA golf regional – Deseret News

The BYU and Utah golf teams began regional NCAA Tournament play Monday in Austin, Texas, and within a day both are in good position to make the cut.

The Cougars are ranked fourth (-5) in the University of Texas Golf Club’s 13-team standings, led by Peter Kim (-3), who had six birdies on the day, Zac Jones (-2 ) and Cooper Jones. (-1).

Max Brenchley shot a +1, and BYU dropped Keanu Akina’s +5 mark.

“Our guys looked solid today,” BYU director of golf Todd Miller said in a school news release. “This is a tough golf course and they played patient and smart golf. If we can do the same over the next two days, I think we’ll be happy with where we are when the tournament is over.”

The Utes, meanwhile, are ranked sixth – +1 on the day – just one stroke behind fifth-place Georgia. Javier Barcos has the low score for Utah (-2), he shoots four birdies, and Braxton Watts (-1) is also under par.

Sergio Jimenez (+1) and Gabriel Palacios (+3) make up the rest of the scoring for the Utes, while dropping Brandon Robison’s +9.

“We got off to a rough start, but did a great job battling back,” Utah coach Garrett Clegg said in a school news release. “The front nine is a lot tougher than the back nine, but the guys did a great job fighting back. I think we were 7-over after eight holes, and we finished 1-over. There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are in a good place.”

After three days, the top five teams will advance to the national championships, which will be held May 24-29 at the Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, California.

Host Texas leads with a -11 after the first round, with Notre Dame (-9), Tennessee (-8), BYU (-5) and Georgia (even) making up the top five.

Round two kicks off Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. MDT.