MARICOPA, Ariz. – The Washington State men’s golf team ended the first round of the inaugural National Golf Invitational in third place, as the Cougars carded 5-under 283 during their first go-around at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club.
Washington State had two golfers end the first round inside the top 10 on the player leaderboard, as juniors Preston Bebich and Drayton Joseph each ended Friday in a tie for eighth after carding 3-under 69. Both Bebich and Joseph each posted the second-best score on par 5 holes in the first round, as each WSU golfer shot 3-under. Joseph also had the second-best par 3 score in the opening round, shooting even par on par 3 holes.
The Cougars shot 5-under 283 as a team in the opening round of the National Golf Invitational to end the day in third place. Washington State will enter Saturday’s second round just three strokes off the lead.
Junior Jaden Cantafio also finished inside the top 20 on the player leaderboard to begin the inaugural NGI event. The Tustin, California native shot 1-under 71 in the first round to end the day in a tie for 18th.
Wyoming ended the first day of the National Golf Invitational in first place on the player leaderboard, as the Cowboys carded 8-under 280 in the first round. Wyoming holds a one-stroke lead over second-place Penn State and a three-stroke over third-place Washington State heading into the second round. Wyoming’s Tyler Severin sits atop the player leaderboard after 18 holes of play and holds a one-stroke lead over Utah Valley’s Ryan Seamons.
The second round of the National Golf Invitational gets underway this Saturday at 7:30 a.m. PT. Washington State will tee off between 8:45-9:21 a.m. PT. Fans can follow all of the action via live results at GolfStat.com.
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