Blog 95, 2/2/11 - Vikings off to Disappointing Start

Nick Varelia
Despite Nick Varelia's excellent one-under 71 in the first round of the Ameri Ari Invitational, where 18 Div I teams are in the field, Western is in 20th and last place at the end of day one. The team was a collective six-over-par on the 7,074-yard King's Course at Waikoloa Beach Resort with Sam Ayotte's four-over 76 the discarded score. The three other team members are Xavier Dailly who shot 74, Sandy Vaughn - also on two-over-par, and Dylan Goodwin who carded a 75.  "I thought that we had some opportunities," said head coach Steve Card. "We were not that far away from having a decent round. With a good round tomorrow, we can jump ahead of some teams and get back in the mix."
Leading the tournament after a superb 17-under 271 is the University of Southern California, four of whose five team members shot under par with Jeffrey Kang the top Trojan after a six-under 66. Kang's score was only good for a tie for second place, however, as Oregon's Daniel Miernicki shot a blistering ten-under 62 to take a four-stroke lead into tomorrow's second round. Interestingly, USC and Oregon were two of the teams Western played with Wednesday. The other, top-ranked Oklahoma State, is tied for second on ten-under 278 despite the fact its star player, US Amateur champion Peter Uihlein, did not travel to Hawaii.

T31 Nick Varelia   71 (-1)
T76 Xavier Dailly   74 (+2)
T76 Sandy Vaughn   74 (+2)
T88 Dylan Goodwin   75 (+3)
T100 Sam Ayotte  76 (+4)

(With eight golfers playing as individuals, there are 108 in the field.)

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