St. George, Utah -- North Dakota's Daniel Sayler posted a 73 (+1) in the opening round of the Pat Hicks Pizza Hut Invitational Monday to get his spring season off to a solid start. His 73 matched his low score from the fall season, which came in his final round played more than four months ago at the Northern Illinois Intecollegiate.
Sayler was one of five players in the 77-man field that made an eagle and he finished his day four-under on the par 5's at the Sunbrook Golf Club. The Wishek, N.D. native was joined in the 70's by another player from the Flickertail State as Jordan Smith carded a 77 (+5) in his opening round.
Utah Valley took a six-stroke lead in the team standings following an opening-round 278 (-10), while Boston College and host Southern Utah are tied for second after each posted a 284 (-4).
Long Beach State's Kymer Li, who is one of 17 individuals playing in the field, leads the race for medalist honors after firing a 66 (-6) in his first loop of the tournament. Li was one of three players to card seven birdies on the day.
UND concludes the 36-hole event with final-round action on Tuesday.
Pat Hicks Pizza Hut Invitational (First Round Results)
|1.||Utah Valley||278 (-10)|
|2.||Boston College||284 (-4)|
|3.||Southern Utah||284 (-4)|
|4.||Utah State||285 (-3)|
|5.||Long Beach State||289 (+1)|
|12.||North Dakota||320 (+32)|
UND Individuals (Final Results)
|t27.||Daniel Sayler||73 (+1)|
|t53.||Jordan Smith||78 (+6)|
|t68.||Jack McClintock||81 (+9)|
|75.||Ryan Ames||88 (+16)|
|76..||Patrick Traynor||92 (+20)|
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