Aaron Pulanco turned in his best round of the season to pace the North Dakota men's golf team in its spring opener at the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invite. Pulanco fired a 71 (-1) in Monday's opening round, which was six shots better than his previous best 18-hole score from the fall.St. George, Utah - Sophomore
Pulanco is tied for 10th overall, while junior Collin Lervick is tied for 29th after an opening round 76 (+4). Sophomore Brady Ohman is only a shot of Lervick's pace after carding a 77 (+5), which was also his best round as a collegian.
Utah Valley leads the 10-team competition by six strokes after the Wolverines shot a four-under 284 on the Pointe and Black Rock nines at the Sunbrook Golf Club.
UND shot a 310 (+22) as a team and stands in 10th, just two shots behind Oral Roberts (308; +20) and seven behind CSU-Northridge (303; +15).
The teams will return to the course on Tuesday for final round action.
Top 5 Teams
1. Utah Valley (284; -4)
2. Seattle (290; +2)
3. Boise State (291; +3)
4. Dixie State (292; +4)
Southern Utah (292; +4)
10. North Dakota (310; +22)
t10. Aaron Pulanco (86-80-79 = 245, +29)
t29. Collin Lervick (76; +4)
t36. Brady Ohman (77; +5)
60. Nick Jenson (86; +14)
t61. Sean Halverson (88; +16)
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Pulanco paces UND in first round of spring opener