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Oklahoma State leads after opening round of Amer Ari Invitational


WAIKOLOA, Hawaii -- Oklahoma State opened its spring season Thursday with a 271 total at the Amer Ari Invitational to stand atop the leaderboard at Waikoloa Kings' Course.

The Cowboys' 17-under total put them one shot clear of TCU and two ahead of Southern California at the par-72, 7,074-yard layout.

Oregon's Thomas Lim fired an 8-under 64 to grab the individual lead.

Redshirt-freshman Wyndham Clark and senior Ian Davis were among the four players to finish the day tied for third place after posting 66s.

Clark posted 3-under 33s on each nine with both sides featuring four birdies and one bogey. Davis went out in 2-under 34 despite back-to-back bogeys at the sixth and seventh before a closing 4-under 32.

Sophomore Jordan Niebrugge joined his Cowboy teammates in the top 10, firing a 67 to stand in a tie for seventh place.

Seniors Kevin Dougherty and Talor Gooch each carded 72s to come in tied for 63rd place.

No. 2 Georgia Tech shoots 2-under 286 at Amer Ari

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii -- Ollie Schniederjans fired a 3-under 69, and Georgia Tech shot a 2-under 286 as a team and is in a tie for 15th place after the opening round of the Amer Ari Invitational.

Anders Albertson and Vincent Whaley each shot even-par 72 for the No. 2-ranked Yellow Jackets, who find themselves 15 strokes behind the lead. Bo Andrews added a 73 to complete Tech's scoring.

"Obviously this was not the way we would have preferred to start our spring," said head coach Bruce Heppler, whose team won twice and finished second twice in four fall tournaments. "There was no wind for the first 16 holes [Thursday], and we just couldn't score when we had chances. We're looking forward to a better day [Friday]."

Schniederjans began his round with three birdies in his first five holes and posted his 12th sub-par round out of 16 this year. Ranked No. 2 nationally, Schniederjans is five shots off the lead of Oregon's Thomas Lim, who shot 64 and is one stroke clear of Southern California's Rico Hoey.

No. 9 Stanford shoots 7-under 281 at Amer Ari

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii -- Stanford christened its spring season by collecting an opening-round 7-under 281 at the Amer Ari Invitational. The Cardinal stand in 12th.

Stanford fought the wind and a 20-team field to see a pair of scorers finish in the red, with Cameron Wilson tied for seventh and Patrick Rodgers tied for 21st.

Wilson, who teed off on the eighth, started the day with a double bogey but birdied the next pair to get back to even. He went bogey-free for the remainder of the round and dropped three consecutive birdies on 18-1-2 to finish 5-under at 67.

The double bogey was just the second for Wilson on the season.

Rodgers’ 69 came with the aid of an eagle on the 18th while playing the back nine at 3-under.

First-year swingers Maverick McNealy (E) and Viraat Badhwar (+1) held steady for the Cardinal, and both played the front nine at 1-under.

David Boote recovered from an opening-hole double bogey to par the next seven before eventually bumping to 5-over. Boote birdied four of the next five six holes to help finish at 3-over 75.