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Gonzaga’s Sean Walsh tied for 5th after first round of WCC men’s golf

Sean Walsh of Gonzaga is tied for fifth on the leaderboard following the first round Monday of the West Coast Conference Men’s Golf Championships on the Lakeside Course at the Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, California.

The lone GU senior led the 45-golfer field for a majority of the day behind stellar play early in the round. He eagled the second hole and had three birdies through the first nine holes, finishing the front-nine at 5-under. Walsh went to 6-under after a birdie on the 11th hole, but a bogey and a double-bogey on the 16th and 17th ended his round at three-under 69.

The Bulldogs are in eighth place. Gonzaga is 5-over 293, three strokes out of the top-five and five strokes from the top-three.

Saint Mary’s leads after the first round at 15-under 273. Santa Clara is 13 strokes behind in second. SMC’s Jonathan De Los Reyes tops the individual leaderboard after firing a 64 (-8). Hayden Shieh of Santa Clara is second at 5-under 67.

Women’s golf

Idaho is third at 295, five strokes off the pace of first-day leader Northern Arizona at the Big Sky Conference Championships at the Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder Creek, Nevada.

Seniors Kristin Strankman and Cassie McKinley had the low rounds for the Vandals with 73s to tie for sixth. Freshman Michelle Kim is tied for 14th at 74.

Eastern Washington, tied for eighth at 307, had two in the top 10. Freshman Mercedes Khumnark shot 1-over 73 to be in the tie for sixth and senior Marissa Borja shot 74.

  • Washington State is tied for seventh with No. 12-ranked Stanford at 287 in a field that features nine top-25 teams after the first round of the Pac-12 Championships at Ruby Hills Golf Course in Pleasanton, California.

Cougars junior Cherokee Kim and sophomore Alivia Brown are tied for fifth with nine others after shooting 2-under 70s in the first round. Four strokes separate the duo from Arizona’s Haley Moore, who leads the field at 6-under 66.

USC, with all its golfers shooting under par, has a two-stroke lead over UCLA, 278-282.

  • With its lowest single-round score in three tournaments, Gonzaga had a solid start at the West Coast Conference Championships at Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, California.

Sophomore Dania Uy leads Gonzaga after shooting 1-over-par 73, her third-lowest round of the season. GU’s Ciera Min and Bianca Pagdanganan each carded a 2-over 74 and are tied for ninth. Just one stroke back, Jena Gao is tied for 13th at 75.

The Zags are fourth with a first-round total of 296, eight strokes above par and within three strokes of second place. No. 38 BYU leads the team competition at even-par 288. San Francisco’s Vanessa Ha is the individual leader with 4-under 68.

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