CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Casey Leebrick led Sacramento State in his first career round as a Hornet, shooting 72 in the first round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Sunday at Cedar Rapids Country Club.
Along with Leebrick's even par round, the team recorded a round of 73 from Jeff Carr and 75s from Christian James, Ethan Davidson and Jonathan Tanihana. Overall, the team totaled 295 and is tied for 13th place. Ball State leads the 16-team field with a 279 and is four strokes ahead of Iowa which sits in second place.
Leebrick, who transferred from York College (Pa.), started on No. 10 and had seven pars, a bogey and birdie over his first nine holes. He bogeyed the par-5 first before birdies on the par-4 second and par-5 sixth dropped him to even par. Leebrick bogeyed the par-4 seventh but closed with a birdie on the par-5 ninth to finish even.
Carr was even through eight holes but made the turn at 2-over after a double bogey on the par-4 18th. He fell back to even after birdies on the first and third holes and ended 1-over with a bogey on the par-3 fifth.
James had the best score on the team through the midway point of the first round as he was 1-under with a birdie on the 10th and eight pars. He started the front nine with a birdie to move to 2-under but finished at 4-over after bogeys on Nos. 2, 4, and 8 and a double bogey on par-4 seventh.
Davidson was 1-over on the back nine as he placed a birdie on the par-5 15th inside bogeys on both sides. After pars and Nos. 1 and 2, he bogeyed the par-4 third and fourth to stand at 3-over. Davidson closed his round with a birdie, a bogey and three pars over his final five holes.
Jonathan Tanihana was also appearing in his first NCAA competition and started with seven consecutive pars. Tanihana was 1-over through his first nine holes but had three bogeys over his first four holes on the front nine. He bounced back with birdies on the par-5 sixth and par-3 eighth but also had a bogey over his last five holes.
Sacramento State will again go off the 10th tee during the second round starting at 8:10 a.m. PT. The Hornets will be paired with Loyola Marymount and individuals during the round. The tournament will conclude with the third round on Tuesday.
GOLFWEEK CONFERENCE CHALLENGE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa | Cedar Rapids CC
Par 72 | 7,086 Yards
1. Ball State 279
2. Iowa 283
3. Campbell 284
4. Arkansas State 288
T5. Kansas City 289
T5. Jacksonville State 289
7. Oakland 290
8. Dayton 291
9. Illinois State 292
10. Drexel 293
T11. Furman 294
T11. San Jose State 294
T13. SACRAMENTO STATE 295
T13. LMU 295
15. Kansas State 296
16. Marshall 297
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Zan Luka Stirn, ASU, 66
T2. David Perkins, ISU, 68
T2. Pontus Nyholm, CAM, 68
T2. Vitek Novak, UMKC, 68
T2. Joey Raneieri, BSU, 68
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T19. Casey Leebrick 72
T32. Jeff Carr 73
T59. Christian James 75
T59. Ethan Davidson 75
T59. Jonathan Tanihana 75
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