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USC Leads PAC-12 Conference, Utes Fall Behind

USC holds a six-stroke lead and is the only team under par at the conclusion of second round of play on day one of the Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championship at Washington State University’s Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman, a par 70 golf course.

Four USC golfers shot under par in the second round as the Trojans posted a second round score of 6-under to lead the Pac-12 Championship at the midway point with a 1-under 699.

Stanford sophomore Maverick McNealy leads the individual competition. McNealy was tied for the lead with Oregon freshman Aaron Wise after the first round, then posted a 2-under 68 to increase his lead to a two-round total of 7-under 133 (65-68).

Utah is in last place, 59 shots behind USC. Washington State freshman Derek Bayley used his home course knowledge to fire a 6-under 134 (69-65) and put himself just one shot off the lead. Oregon’s Wise (65-70) is now tie for third with Oregon State senior Alex Franklin (68-67) at 5-under 135. Washington State’s Michael Anderson rounds out the top 5, shooting a 137 (67-70) on the day.

Arizona State led the team race after the first round with a 4-over 354, with USC close behind at 5-over 355. Both teams had four individual players in the top 20 through the first round. There were four eagles shot in the first round, including three by Oregon golfers, helping the Ducks to a third place 7-over 357 finish in day one. Despite the benign weather conditions, the course proved to be a challenge with only ten golfers finishing under par.

The third round will begin Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. PT. The Championships will conclude with the final round on Wednesday beginning at 7:30 a.m. PT.

Day One Team Results (Par 70, 7,257 yards)
1. USC                355-344—699 (-1)
2. ASU                 354-351—705 (+5)
T3. WSU              363-347—710 (+10)
T3. Stanford         362-348—710 (+10)
5. Washington      363-353—716 (+16)
6. Oregon             357-360—717 (+17)
7. OSU                 361-357—718 (+18)
8. California          369-361—720 (+20)
9. UCLA                364-358—722 (+22)
10. Arizona            372-364—736 (+36)
11. Colorado         374-365—739 (+39)
12. Utah                382-376—758 (+58)

Day One Individual Leaders (Par 70, 7,257 yards)
1. Maverick McNealy        65-68—133 (-7)    
2. Derek Bayley                69-65—134 (-6)    
T3. Aaron Wise                 65-70—135 (-5)    
T3. Alex Franklin               68-67—135 (-5)    
5. Michael Anderson         67-70—137 (-3)    

University of Utah Scores

149- Jack Maerki, 74-75

150- Brandon Kida, 76-74

152- Max McGrail, 78-74

153- Jonathon Thomas, 74-79

154- Steven Croft, 80-74

163- Brent Pollock, 80-83