March 28, 2014
Stanford, Calif. - Justin Estrada shot a bogey free, three-under par 67 and is tied for seventh place after 18 holes of The Goodwin, formerly the U.S. Intercollegiate. As a team the Spartans sit in a tie for 15th place after a 289 (+9) on the par 70, 6,747-yard Stanford Golf Course.
Estrada, a senior, shot the team's second sub-par opening round of the spring and the first since Cody Blick fired a two-under 70 in the opening round of the Amer Ari Invitational in early February.
"Justin has been playing better each round this spring," head coach John Kennaday said. "We've played three straight tournaments on courses we weren't familiar with. Justin knows this one, so I'm not surprised by this result."
Estrada birdied the par 3, 168-yard fourth hole and the 539-yard, par 5 seventh to get to two-under. He then pared eight straight before coming to the 500-yard, par 5 16th where he carded his third birdie of the day. A pair of pars on his closing two holes got him to the clubhouse with a 67 (-3) and tied for seventh place.
"I just took it one shot at a time," Estrada said. "I focused on that at Emerald Valley (in the Duck Invitational on Monday and Tuesday) and had success. It's been a while since I have had a bogey free round. It feels good."
Semmler, with a birdie on the par 5, 539-yard seventh hole, went out in one-over par 36. He stumbled with four bogeys in the first five holes on the backside before a birdie on the par 5 16th hole got him to the clubhouse with a 74.
Potter was four-over par after five holes. He birdied the seventh and ninth holes, but they sandwiched a bogey on eight and was three-over at the turn. On the back nine he had a pair of bogeys and picked up a birdie on the 185-yard, par 3 17th for his 74.
Polterock doubled the fourth and sixth holes, but came back with a birdie on the seventh and was three-over after nine holes. He opened his back nine with a birdie, but back-to-back bogeys on the 13th and 14th left him at four over. He birdied the 16th but gave the stroke back on the next hole and signed for a 74.
Cody Blick withdrew from the event after 13 holes due to a medical issue.
The Spartans will have to play the final two rounds of The Goodwin with Estrada, Semmler, Potter and Polterock. The event is a five-score-four tournament, so San José State has no margin for error over the next two days.
Stanford's Patrick Rodgers is the leader for individual medalist after one round, after shooting a 63 (-7) on his home course. He leads Ricky DeSantis of San Diego State by two shots. The Cardinal leads the team competition by three strokes over Saint Mary's. Stanford shot a 268 (-12) to the Gaels 271 (-9).
In round two, the Spartans tee off on the 10th hole beginning at 9:40 a.m. Fans who can't attend the tournament can follow the action at www.golfstat.com.
Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, Calif.
Par-70, 6,727 yards
1. Stanford - 268 (-12)
2. Saint Mary's - 271 (-9)
3. Oregon - 273 (-7)
4. UCLA - 277 (-3)
5. Southern California - 278 (-2)
6. UAB - 279 (-1)
7. San Diego State - 281 (+1)
8. TCU - 282 (+2)
T9. Northwestern - 286 (+6)
T9. Washington - 286 (+6)
T9. Loyola Marymount - 286 (+6)
T9. Colorado State - 286 (+6)
13. UC Davis - 287 (+7)
14. Washington State - 288 (+8)
T15. Fresno State - 289 (+9)
T15. San José State - 289 (+9)
17. UNLV - 291 (+11)
18. San Francisco - 293 (+13)
1. Patrick Rodgers (Stanford) 63 (-7)
2. Ricky DeSantis (San Diego State) 65 (-5)
T3. Maverick McNealy (Stanford) 66 (-4)
T3. Brandon McIver (Oregon) 66 (-4)
T3. Cody Robinson (Saint Mary's) 66 (-4)
T3. Rico Hoey (Southern California) 66 (-4)
San José State Results
T7. Justin Estrada 67 (-3)
T66. Daniel Semmler 74 (+4)
T66. Marcus Potter 74 (+4)
T66. Landon Polterock 74 (+4)
WD Cody Blick