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Du, Bears Start Spring Strong

Du, Bears Start Spring Strong

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Aaron Du’s 5-under-par 66 paced Cal in the first round of the Southwestern Invitational on Monday.

Du, Bears Start Spring Strong Cal In Contention After First Round Of Spring Season At Southwestern Invitational

WESTLAKE VILLAGE – Aaron Du was dominant in his first round of the 2024 spring season, shooting a 5-under-par 66 to lead the No. 18 California men’s golf team to an opening-round 281 at the Southwestern Invitational on Monday at North Ranch Country Club.
The Golden Bears finished the first round in fifth place at 3-under-par, just four strokes behind leader Texas Tech (-7). Du – a senior who played just three rounds as an individual in the fall – was impressive from start to finish, carding five birdies on the front nine before bouncing back from consecutive bogeys on holes 12-13 with a 1-under effort over the final five holes. He ended his round as the clubhouse leader and will head into Tuesday’s second round in a three-way tie for second place individually, four shots behind UNLV’s Caden Fioroni (-9).
Freshman Ethan Fang started hot with birdies on three of his first five holes – No. 2, 3 and 5 – and rebounded from a difficult middle stretch with another birdie on the hole 13, a par-3, and an eagle on hole 15. Redshirt junior Tony Chen had an eventful back nine with three birdies on holes 11, 12 and 16 sandwiching a bogey on 14 and double bogey on 15 to finish at even par and tied for 25th.

Place Team To Par R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Texas Tech -7 277

2 USC -6 278

3 UNLV -5 279

4 UCLA -4 280

5 California -3 281

T6 Pepperdine E 284

T6 Wake Forest E 284

T8 San Diego State +1 285

T8 Ohio State +1 285

10 Washington +2 286

11 San Jose State +4 288

12 Colorado +6 290



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