May 15, 2017
SAMMAMISH, Wash. — Sophomores Oliver Farrell and Austin Kendziorski shot opening round 72s (1-over-par), and Marquette posted an eighth-place 7-over-par (291) score to begin play on Monday at the NCAA Men’s Golf Sammamish Region, hosted by the University of Washington at Aldarra G.C.
The Golden Eagles, seeded 13th in the 14-team region, are among a group of six teams from fourth to ninth place separated by five strokes. Florida State posted a 6-under-par first round (278) to lead the field, two strokes ahead of No. 1 overall seed USC. The top five teams and top individual not on an advancing team move on the NCAA Championships.
Farrell and Kendziorski sit tied for 21st in the 75-player field. Matt Murlick, who carded a 2-over-par 73, is tied for 27th.
Kendziorski had not played an event in MU’s starting five since October, but got off to a hot start after going out at even par on the front nine. After the turn, he posted three straight birdies to drop his round to 3-under-par and lift Marquette into the top four. A triple bogey on the par 3 No. 13 erased his progress, but he finished the back nine at 1-over-par. Kendziorski made five birdies in the first round, fourth-most in the regional field.
Farrell, Marquette’s season scoring average leader, was at even par through the first 12 holes. He bogeyed No. 13 and No. 15, but finished with a birdie on the par 4 18th to match Kendziorski.
The average score in the first round at par 71, 6.885-yard Aldarra G.C. was 74.15. USC’s Sean Crocker shot a 7-under-par 64 to lead the individual scoring.