Joseph Hovey | Posted: 8 Mar 2021 | Updated: 22 Mar 2021

BYU in sixth after first round at Lamkin Classic

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Carson Lundell carded a 3-under 69 to lead BYU men’s golf to a first-round score of 288, good for a sixth-place tie through 18-holes at the Lamkin San Diego Classic. 

“Carson played a great round today,” said head coach Bruce Brockbank. “His play has been superb over the past four tournament rounds.” 

Lundell got off to a hot start making birdies on three of the first five holes. He would go on to record seven birdies on the day and is currently in sixth place in the individual standings, tied with four others from Colorado, Cal Poly, San Diego State and San Diego.

The Cougars first-round scoring also included Kelton Hirsch, Cole Ponich and Max Brenchley, each carding a 1-over-par 73, with David Timmins shooting 76. Hirsch, Ponich and Brenchley are tied for 33rd with 13 others in the field. 

“We played some very good golf today,” said Brockbank. “We left a few shots out there, but that’s really easy to do at San Diego Country Club, where it’s difficult to judge the speed of the greens. There are some very strong teams in this tournament and a lot of golf left to play, but today we showed some patience and improvement in a couple of areas that we’ve struggled with in the past.” 

BYU’s even-par 288 on the day gives the Cougars an early lead over three teams ranked in the top 30 in the current Golfstat NCAA Division 1 rankings—co-host San Diego State (20), Kansas (26) and New Mexico (22). 

WCC-rival and co-host, San Diego leads the field after opening the tournament with a 5-under 283. Nevada’s Sam Harned leads the individual standings with a first-round score of 5-under 67. 

The Cougars will resume play at San Diego Country Club on Tuesday at 8:50 a.m. PST. The third and final round will be played on Wednesday, March 10. 

Follow the Cougars in the second round with live stats from Golfstat.

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