Charlotte golf ended at even par (284) with two players at one under and two others at one over to put the 49ers in a tie for second place at the SCVB Pacific Invitational Thursday in Stockton Calif. The event is a three-day, 54-hole tournament at the Stockton Golf & Country Club, a par-71, 6,511-yard layout.
Charlotte’s top two golfers so far this season, senior Franco Castro (Alpharetta, Ga. / LSU) and junior Raoul Menard (Ange-Gardien, Quebec / Beaulieu) both shot 70 and sit in a tie for eighth individually with three other golfers at the event after the opening round.
Castro had a pair of bogeys on his first four holes, but rallied for three birdies and 11 pars to get under for the round. Menard started his round with a par followed by three-straight bogeys, but finished with four birdies and 10 pars to fight his way back under par for the day. He was three-under par for his second nine holes, the low score for any 49er on a half of the course for the day.
“Overall, it was a pretty decent day,” said Charlotte head coach Ryan Cabbage. “We played patiently and stayed the course and were able to get back into contention.”
Brantley was the only 49er to birdie the 10th hole, where Charlotte started the round today. He finished with three birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey in his 15th hole of the day for the 72. Gandy had a team-best five birdies on the day, but struggled to open and close his round, with three bogeys on the first six holes and a double-bogey, bogey finish for the 72.
Charlotte’s fifth golfer did not have a bad round. Sophomore Thomas Rowland (Consett, England / St. Bedes Catholic School & Sixth Form College) had three birdies in his second nine for the day, but had five bogeys for a two-over 73. He is tied for 30th in the 60-player field.
“We got off to a slow start,” added Cabbage. “The guys hung in there and put together a nice stretch toward the middle of the round, with just a few hiccups finishing up. I am proud of the way that the guys hung in there and battled today. We will look to get off to a good start tomorrow.”
The 49ers were a collective eight-under par in the middle six holes played for the day.
The 49ers are tied with Santa Clara and UC Davis for second, and those three teams are seven strokes back of BYU, whose top golfer shot a six-under round to lead the field to round two.
The 49ers will go out first for day two, paired with UC Davis and Kansas State. They will start from the first tee at 11 a.m. Eastern.