The University of Colorado men's golf team opened strong Thursday amid windy conditions and finished in a seventh-place tie after the first round of Stanford's 48th Annual "The Goodwin." in Palo Alto, Calif.

UC Davis turned in the only under par team score in the first round, recording a 3-under 277 to take a three-shot lead over No. 8 and host Stanford and No. 33 UNLV, both of whom shot even-par 280 scores.

Colorado is tied for seventh after firing a 7-over 287 score, which also placed the Buffs third out of six Pac-12 teams. No. 26 Oregon is tied for fifth (286), No. 40 UCLA tied for 12th (292), with No. 1 USC and Arizona tied for 14th (293). Overall, there are eight top 40 teams competing here this week.

Junior Jeremy Paul led the Buffaloes by shooting a 3-under 67 which has him tied for third individually on the 6,727-yard, par-70 Stanford University Golf Course. He added to his all-time school best of rounds in the 60s with his 24th, doing so in his normal steady fashion with five birdies and 11 pars against just two bogeys.

Senior Philip Juel-Berg fashioned an even-par 70, which has him tied for 19th. He had three birdies and 12 pars against three bogeys, and was within one stroke of par throughout his entire round. It was his fifth straight round of par or better, as he added to his school record with his 62nd such effort. He played the par-5s at 3-under Thursday, tied for second in the field.


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"Overall it was a nice start to the tournament," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "The course played pretty tough in the afternoon as the wind came up and was around 15 mph from the NNW. Jeremy had a particularly good round and Philip had a good start as well. John's round helped us and Ethan did a good job of holding it together. We expect he will have good second and third rounds. Ross just struggled most of the day after a double on 13 but he did some good things as well."

The average score in the field was a 73.88, or nearly four strokes over par; 18 players did shoot in the 60s with another nine matching par, with 18 players recording scores of 79 or higher.

The second round is set for today, with the Buffaloes going off the No. 1 tee and paired with UCLA and St. Mary's at 8:30 a.m.

"The Goodwin."

TEAM SCORES

1. UC Davis................................. 277

2. Stanford................................... 280

2. UNLV................... 280

4. St. Mary's...................... 285

5. Northwestern................. 286

5. Oregon.......................... 286

7. COLORADO.............. 287

7. Pepperdine..................... 287

9. Northern Colorado........... 288

10. Pacific........................... 289

10. Loyola-Marymount.......... 289

12. San Jose State............... 292

12. UCLA............................. 292

14. Fresno State................... 293

14. Nevada.......................... 293

14. Brigham Young............... 293

14. Arizona.......................... 293

14. SMU............................. 293

14. Southern California.......... 293

20. Santa Clara.................... 296

20. San Francisco................ 296

22. Colorado State................ 298

23. Marquette...................... 301

24. Denver........................... 305

24. Yale............................... 305

BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

T3. Jeremy Paul................................ 35-32—67

T19. Philip Juel-Berg........................... 35-35—70

T66. John Souza.................................. 38-36—74

T93. Ethan Freeman............................ 37-39—76

T104. Ross Macdonald......................... 38-39—77

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1. Luke Vivolo, UC Davis.................. 31-34—65

2. Aaron Wise, Oregon..................... 32-34—66

3. Jeremy Paul, Colorado........ 35-32—67

3. Steven Kupcho, No. Colorado....... 32-35—67

3. Zane Thomas, UNLV..................... 34-33—67

CU tennis to visit No. 20 Stanford, No. 1 Cal

Colorado will complete a four-match road trip this weekend in the Bay Area, taking on No. 20 Stanford on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Mountain time and No. 1 California on Saturday at 1 p.m. MT.

The Buffaloes (6-9, 1-3 Pac-12) are coming off losses at Washington and Washington State and are seeking their first win over a top-20 team since upsetting No. 12 William & Mary in 2007. Nuria OrmeƱo Ruiz is CU's lone ranked player, coming in at No. 74 in this week's national rankings. She has a team-best 20-7 singles record.

4 Buffs gain Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Four University of Colorado women's basketball players were recognized for their academic achievement on Thursday as each was named a Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention, the league office announced.

Juniors Zoe Beard-Fails and Haley Smith received honorable mention for the second consecutive year while sophomores Zoe Correal and Brecca Thomas earned honorable mention in their first season of All-Academic team eligibility.