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Cal Bears Grabs Lead at NCAA Championship

College CentralHOT SPRINGS, Va. -- California's Jeff Hood shot a 5-under 65 to help the Golden Bears take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the NCAA Golf Championships on Tuesday.
The Golden Bears shot a 1-under 279 on the 6,679-yard Cascades Golf Course. Brigham Young (280) was second, a stroke ahead of TCU (281). Auburn and Kentucky (283) rounded out the top five.
Southern California (284), defending national champion Clemson, Florida and Georgia (285) and Oklahoma (286) rounded out the top 10.
In addition to Hood, the Golden Bears got solid performances from Scott Carlyle and J.R. Ruda, who both finished at 1-over 71, and Peter Tomasulo (72).
'We've been a slow starting team all year,' California coach Steve Desimone said. 'These guys can get it going.
'I'm not going to tell you I would have predicted this, but this is not a great surprise.'
This is the first time in the NCAA championships for both California and BYU since 2000.
Todd Miller, the son of former golf great Johnny Miller, led BYU, shooting a 69. Oscar Alvarez and Jake Ellison finished at 70 for the Cougars and Ron Harvey shot a 71.
'These guys think they're capable of playing with these teams, so we're excited about the opportunity,' BYU coach Bruce Brockbank said. 'This was a great day and there's a lot of golf left to be played.'
Hood, ranked 85th in the nation, had birdies at Nos. 1, 3, 6 and 13 and an eagle on the par-5, 527-yard 16th.
'It's out there, if you can hit the shots,' Hood said.
Hood holds a one-stroke lead over Georgia's Kevin Kisner and TCU's Adam Meyer on the individual leaderboard. Indiana's Jeff Overton and UNLV's Ryan Moore were two back at 67.
Wake Forest's Bill Haas, the son of PGA golfer Jay Haas, shot a 70.
Rd.1 Team Scores
California 279
Brigham Young 280
TCU 281
Auburn 283
Kentucky 283
Southern Cal 284
Clemson 285
Florida 285
Georgia 285
Oklahoma 286
Texas 288
Penn State 289
UCLA 289
Washington 289
Georgia Tech 289
Texas A&M 291
New Mexico 291
Georgia State 292
Arizona State 292
Purdue 292
Arizona 292
Oklahoma State 292
North Carolina 294
Kent State 294
Toledo 294
Vanderbilt 294
Pepperdine 295
SMU 297
Wichita State 298
Rhode Island 299

Rd.1 Individual Leaders
Jeff Hood, California 65
Kevin Kisner, Georgia 66
Adam Meyer, TCU 66
Ryan Moore, UNLV 67
Jeff Overton, Indiana 67
Jonathan Dismuke, Auburn 68
A.J. Elgert, Kansas St. 68
Matt Wells, Kentucky 68
Jack Ferguson, Clemson 69
Ben Hayes, Southern Cal 69
Travis Johnson, UCLA 69
Kasper Jorgensen, Georgia St. 69
Mark Leon, Penn St. 69
Todd Miller, Brigham Young 69
Jessie Mudd, Florida 69
Chris Nallen, Arizona 69
Stephen Polanski, TCU 69
Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas 69
Joshua Wooding, Southern Cal 69
Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young 70
Alejandro Canizares, Arizona St. 70
Jake Ellison, Brigham Young 70
Bill Haas, Wake Forest 70
Jason Hartwick, Texas 70
Tyler Leon, Oklahoma St. 70
Blake Martin, Oklahoma 70
Madalitso Muthiya, New Mexico 70
Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech 70
Chan Wongluekiet, Georgia Tech 70
Mark Blakefield, Kentucky 71
Scott Carlyle, California 71
Carlos Del Moral, Oklahoma 71
Ron Harvey, Jr., Brigham Young 71
Brad Heaven, Toledo 71
Matt Hendrix, Clemson 71
John Holmes, Kentucky 71
Gregg Jones, Clemson 71
Brock Mackenzie, Washington 71
Andrew Medley, Auburn 71
John Merrick, UCLA 71
Roy Moon, UCLA 71
Stuart Moore, Auburn 71
Jesse Mueller, Arizona St. 71
Alex Prugh, Washington 71
J.R. Ruda, California 71
David Schultz, Texas A&M 71
Kevin Silva, North Carolina 71
Brett Stegmaier, Florida 71
Taylor Wood, Southern Cal 71
Ryan Yip, Kent St. 71
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