PALM DESERT, Calif. — The University of Colorado men's golf team overcame some early struggles and settled into third place after Friday's first round of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate.

California, ranked 15th in the nation, owns the lead with a 13-under 275 score, with No. 9 Texas Tech second at 4-under 284; Colorado, ranked No. 54, is the only other school to break par, coming in at a 1-under 287. No. 21 UCLA is fourth (1-over 289), with No. 26 Tennessee and UC-Riverside rounding out the top five with 2-over 290 scores.

Cal, Texas Tech and the Buffaloes are the only schools in the 23-team field to have three players in the top 26, but the Bears were able to build a hefty lead by having four accomplish it, three of whom shot in the 60s.

It was Colorado's fourth round under par in as many tries this spring, the sixth in a row dating back to the fall and 13th out of 16 rounds for the entire season. The school record for consecutive rounds under par is seven, set during the 2013-14 campaign. CU's best for rounds of par or better for an entire year is 16, accomplished twice including last year.