The University of Colorado men's golf team is tied for eighth but is in the hunt after the first round Monday in UCLA's 11th annual Gifford Collegiate at Carlsbad, Calif.

Just nine strokes separate the top 10 teams, with No. 5 Stanford and Washington tied for the lead with 1-over par 285 team scores. No. 28 and host UCLA and No. 29 Oregon are tied for third, two back at 287. Three schools are tied for fifth at 290.

The Buffaloes are tied with No. 25 Texas A&M at 8-over 292 in the 15-team field which, all told, features nine teams in the nation's top 50.

Senior Philip Juel-Berg paced the Buffalo effort Monday with a 2-under par 69 on the 6,996-yard, par-71 La Costa Legends Course layout, as he had a team- and tournament-best six birdies along with eight pars. He is tied for fourth.

Jeremy Paul, a junior, is tied for 10th as he carded an even-par 71; he was 3-under par through 10 holes but came back down to even with three bogeys over his next eight.

"It was a solid day overall," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "Overall, we were fairly consistent and across the board we avoided big numbers."

UCLA's Cole Madey is in sole possession of the lead after firing a 4-under par 67; that's good for a one-stroke lead over two others.

The second round is set for Tuesday and the third and final round Wednesday.

First-round results

CU individuals

T4. Philip Juel-Berg.......................... 32-37—69

T10. Jeremy Paul............................... 33-38—71


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T45. Ethan Freeman........................... 35-40—75

T65. Ross Macdonald........................ 38-39—77

T69. Wilson Belk................................ 37-41—78

Top five individuals

1. Cole Madey, UCLA....................... 32-35—67

2. Alvaro Ortiz, Arkansas.................. 33-35—68

2. Thomas Lim, Oregon.................... 33-35—68

4. Philip Juel-Berg, Colorado......... 32-37—69

4. Richard Michelini, S.D. State......... 33-36—69

4. Corey Pereira, Washington........... 33-36—69

Team scores

1. Stanford................................ 285

1. Washington.......................... 285

3. Oregon.................................. 287

3. UCLA.................................... 287

5. South Florida........................ 290

5. Arkansas.............................. 290

5. San Diego State................... 290

8. Colorado .............................. 292

8. Texas A & M........................ 292

10. Wisconsin............................ 294

11. Tennessee............................ 296

12. Northwestern....................... 298

12. Harvard................................. 298

14. Marquette............................. 299

15. San Jose State.................... 306

CU women fifth after first round

The CU women's golf team is tied for fifth overall with one round complete at the Pac-12 Preview, played on the par-73, 6,372-yard Nanea Golf Club in Kona, Hawaii.

As a group, the Buffaloes shot 301, or 9-over par. No. 3 UCLA and No. 9 Arizona are tied at the top at 2-under par (290) while Washington is three strokes back.

Junior Natalie Vivaldi posted the best opening-round score for the Buffaloes, shooting an even-par 73 and is tied for eighth place. She drained her first career hole-in-one on the par-3, 17th hole. She also tallied two birdies and 11 pars over the 18 holes.

Junior Esther Lee shot 2-over-par, 75, carding 1-over on both the front and back sides. Sophomore Brittany Fan, a Hawaii native, finished round one just one shot behind Lee at 3-over par, 76 and is tied for 26th place. Senior Alexis Keating and freshman Gillian Vance both carded 4-over par 77 rounds and are tied for 31st in the standings.

The Buffaloes played a second round later Monday and will finish the tournament Tuesday.