Sept. 12, 2008
WAYZATA, Minn. - The Bulldogs completed the opening round at the Gopher Invitational Friday, shooting a team round of 307 and trailing the Texas Longhorns by 25 shots. Sophomore Thomas McCarthy led the way for the Bulldogs against some tough competition. The Longhorns, who finished 19th at the NCAA championship last year, lead the tournament at -6 with a score of 282. LSU's fourth-ranked recruiting class showed as they finished two shots behind the Longhorns at 284. Rounding out the top four were Pepperdine at 291 and Washington at 292.
McCarthy played a solid round of pars, birdies and one bogey to lead the Bulldogs with a round of 70 and finish the day at -2, tied for third place. But it was not easy.
"This is a brutal course off the tees," said McCarthy. "If you miss the fairways you are in trouble. I was able to keep it inside the tree line and hit some good irons at pins. I made some big par saves."
Junior Ben Wescoe matched birdies and bogeys for the most part, but finished the day with a double bogey to finish +3 with a score of 75, tied for 29th. Junior Seve Gonzales finished tied for 46th with a score of 79. Senior captain Colby Moore and sophomore transfer student Michael Fader finished tied for 63rd with scores of 83.
Charlie Holland of Texas leads the tournament with a round of 67 that included an eagle on the par-5 Number 3 and no bogeys. John Peterson of LSU is one shot behind Holland with a round of 68. He is being chased by three players at 70, including Donald Constable of Texas, Sang Yi of LSU and McCarthy.
Play will resume Saturday with the second round of the tournament.
Report filed by Charles Moore `10, Yale Sports Publicity