Two school records were threatened on Monday but ultimately survived.
The Thunderbirds shot the day’s best round of 15-under 273 in the afternoon after shooting 280 in the morning. The afternoon score was four strokes off the best-ever UBC round of 269, which was recorded at the 2008 University of Victoria Vikes Shootout.
Evan Holmes of Calgary and Vernon, B.C.’s Conner Kozak are one-two in medalist play at 10-under 134 (68-66) and 9-under 135 (65-70), respectively. Holmes is coming off a victory at the St. Martin’s University Invitational in Olympia, Wash., on the weekend.
Kozak’s opening-round 65 is the second-best score ever shot by a UBC golfer. It has been accomplished seven previous times, most recently by Scott Secord at the 2014 Golf Canada Canadian University/College Championship in Winnipeg in June.
Blake Rowe-Sleeman owns the school record of 64, which he shot twice during the spring of 2008, once at the NAIA Region I Championship and then again at the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship.
Secord, a Calgary native, sits tied for ninth at 142 (73-69) and Jack Wood of Banff, Alta., is tied for 15th at 143 (75-68). Rounding out the UBC contingent is rookie Donald Qiu of Surrey, B.C., who is in 58th place at 158 (74-84).
Cal State Stanislaus is second behind UBC at 11-under 565 (285-280). Final-round action Tuesday begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
– with files from Paul Madison (Western Washington Sports Information)