Through nine holes, Kimberley’s Jared du Toit sits in a tie for third in the opening round of the NCAA’s 54-hole 2015 Big Sky Conference Men’s Golf Championship.
du Toit fired a one-under 35 on the 3,347-yard front nine at Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort in Angels Camp, Calif., Monday morning.
du Toit continues his back nine Monday afternoon.
The University of Idaho Vandals sophomore and former student at Selkirk Secondary School opened the tournament with birdies on three of his first four holes before a double-bogey on the 204-yard, par-three eighth hole dropped him to one-under.
du Toit sits one stroke back of Riley Hayfield (Sacramento State) and teammate Aaron Cockerill for first place in the opening round of their NCAA conference championship.
Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort is located in Angels Camp, Calif., approximately 130 km southeast of Sacramento.
The 6,801-yard, par-72 track re-designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., opened in 1996 and wanders through the rolling Sierra Foothills, featuring 100-year-old oak trees above underground diggings left behind from the California Gold Rush of 1848 to 1855.
This year marks the first NCAA Big Sky Conference Men’s Golf Championship since Weber State University claimed the 2002 conference title.
Men’s golf was absent from Big Sky Conference athletics from 2003 through 2014.
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