SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Menlo College Men's Golf returned to action on Monday with the opening round of the Sonoma State Invite, golfed at Fountaingrove Golf Club. The rapid rise of the golf program at Menlo College was on full display again in the opening day of competition, with one of the new faces once again providing an immediate life while threatening to compete for the lead in the first round of the tournament.
In the opening round, Christian Ingul led the way for all Menlo golfers with a top-ten finish in the first round. He shot a 75 in the first round, which is three strokes over the par for the course, tying him for the ninth-best finish in the first 18 holes. His brother Fredrik Ingul came in behind him by seven strokes, shooting an 82 on the course the first time through, ten strokes over par. Colin Casey finished third among Menlo golfers with an 88, Eric Angeles shot a 91, and Jared Finney rounded out the official Menlo team with a 100. Gavin Bean competed on behalf of Menlo individually and his score for the first round was 89. Finney held the honor of shooting one of the tournaments three eagles in the first round, while Fredrik finished tied for third in the first round averaging an even score on par-3s.
Round two saw a flip flop of the Ingul brothers, with Fredrik actually surpassing his brother for the top team score overall for the day. Fredrik shot an impressive 76 in the second round to finish at 158 for the day, two strokes better than his brother Christian who finished at 160 (75+85). Casey was able to shave five strokes off his first round score to shoot an 83 in the second round and post a 171 for the day. Angeles was consistent and fired the same score in the second round, a 91, for a 181, while Finney finished with a 102 for a 202 score overall through two rounds. Bean shot a 94 in his final round on the day to finish at 183 after 36 holes of golf.
The tournament's leader is Chico State's Kelley Sullivan, who was the only golfer to shoot a first round under par at the Santa Rosa course. Sullivan shot a 71, one under par in the first round, while shooting a 73 in the second round for a 144 after two rounds. His teammate, Colby Dean, is tied for second after shooting a 72 in the second round to finish at 146. Martin Westerlund of California State University Monterey Bay is tied with Dean at 146, though he holds the best round on the day, firing a 70 in the second round, two strokes under par. Not surprisingly, Chico State leads in the team score category with a 597, nine strokes better than Sonoma State at 606. Day two of the tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, with 18 more holes of golf left to determine the winner.