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Princeton in 13th After Opening Day at NCAA Men's Golf West Regional

Princeton in 13th After Opening Day at NCAA Men's Golf West Regional

PULLMAN, Wash. -- After day one at the NCAA West Regional, the Princeton men's golf team stands in 13th place.

The Tigers were four-over for the first round with a score of 292 in a very challenging field. California, the No. 1 team in the nation, leads the field at 23-under, just two shots in front of Bay Area rival Saint Mary's.

On the individual leaderboard, California's Sam Smith is on top at 10-under after shooting a course record 62, one shot ahead of Mac McClung of Saint Mary's.

Sam Smith of Southern California shot the best individual round with a 62 on Thursday. He was one shot better than Mac McClung of St. Mary's. A quintet of golfers follow three shots back after shooting opening rounds of 65. 

Among Tigers, Bernie D'Amato leads the contingent at 2-under, tied for 30th place.

Princeton will begin teeing off for Friday's second round at 12:50 p.m. ET.

Also, Yale senior Sam Bernstein, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, shot a 74 in the first round on Thursday as play got underway at the NCAA's Baton Rouge Regional at The University Club. That ties him for 13th among the 75 players at the regional. Three players are tied for first at two-under-par (70).