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Men's Golf Leads in Arizona After First Day


TUCSON, Ariz. – Although second-round play was suspended due to darkness, the Pepperdine men’s golf team holds a two-stroke lead after the first day of the Arizona Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Arizona.


Unofficially, Pepperdine is at 2-under as a team, with each of the Waves’ players still needing to complete three to four holes of the second round. Play will continue at 8 a.m. on Tuesday with the conclusion of the second round and the third round to immediately follow.


The Waves shot a 2-over 286 in the first round at the par-71 Arizona National Golf Club, which put them a stroke behind Tennessee. But the Waves are at 4-under so far in the second round and are now two strokes ahead of the Volunteers.


Sophomore Andrew Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) was the first-round leader after posting a 4-under 67, and he now stands in third place at 5-under. His second round is currently 1-under with four holes to play. Remarkably, Putnam recorded three eagles on the day, all on par-5s. He did it on the 18th hole in both rounds and on the second hole in the second round.


The rest of Pepperdine’s team is as follows: redshirt freshman Josh Anderson (Temecula, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) and

sophomore Austyn Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep) are tied for 11th place at 1-over, and junior Carl Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) and sophomore Chad Vivolo (Carmel, Calif./Robert Louis Stevenson HS) are tied for 30th place at 4-over.


Vivolo shot a 72 in the first round, while Karle had a 73, Anderson had a 74 and Smith had a 75.


Zack Byrd of Coastal Carolina currently leads the individual race with an 8-under.


All second-round scores are unofficial until the end of the round and player scorecards are registered.


This is the first tournament of the spring for Pepperdine.



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