Freshman Oliver Farrell has posted three straight sub-par rounds.

Men's Golf

MU Golf T-4 After Round One of the Erin Hills Intercollegiate

Oct. 4, 2015

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ERIN, Wis. --
Freshman Oliver Farrell's first round score of 69 (3-under-par) paced Marquette in the opening round of the 2015 Erin Hills Intercollegiate, as the Golden Eagles sit in a tie for fourth place with a score of 290 (4-over-par) at Erin Hills Golf Course.

Farrell, a native of Worcestershire, England, has posted three straight sub par rounds dating back to the second round of last weekend's Windon Memorial Classic. He kept alive a streak of 16 holes without a bogey from the final round of the Windon through the opener at Erin Hills, posting eight birdies over that stretch.

"I think I've been playing well since I got here," Farrell said. "I got some momentum at the Windon and got some confidence back and was able to go out there and trust myself."

Farrell went out at 2-under-par, adding an eagle on the par-5 14th hole to post his best collegiate round to date while playing in his first Erin Hills Intercollegiate.

"I think out here you've got to be patient and think about where you're putting the ball," Farrell said. "If you want to score around here, you've got to manage your game and think about everything you do."

SMU leads the tournament, posting a first round team score of 280 (8-under-par). The Mustangs were led by Andrew Buchanan, who carded a 5-under-par 67 and sits in the overall tournament lead. No. 4 Oklahoma State trails the SMU by two strokes, and were led by opening round 69s (3-under-par) from Kristoffer Ventura and Wisconsin native Jordan Niebrugge.

UCLA's Jonathan Garrick, who already owns the Erin Hills course record (65 - final round, 2013) and shot 6-under-par in last year's final round, opened with a 68 and sits alone in second. The Bruins are in third place, and will play with SMU and OSU tomorrow.

The round started with calm, cloudy conditions as temperatures dipped into the low-50's. However, the wind strengthened as the day wore on leading to cooler, more difficult conditions in the afternoon.

Senior Pat Sanchez, the 2015 BIG EAST Player of the Year, struggled in his first two tournaments averaging 74.7 strokes, but posted an opening round 71 (1-under-par) to fire his best round of the new season. He had five birdies on his first 12 holes.

"I feel like by playing here so much, we know a few tricks here that others don't see and we can really capitalize on that," Sanchez said.

Marquette started quick, playing the first three holes in 4-under-par as a team. However, the Golden Eagles struggled on the homeward nine, dropping from second into a tie for fourth.

"It was good to have two guys finish under par and for Pat to make some good strides with his game," Marquette head coach Steve Bailey said. "We had some really good pars down the stretch and made nice par saves. With the practice round we had yesterday, it really made things easier today dealing with the conditions."

Zach Gaugert, playing as an individual in the event, finished with a 71, highlighted by going out in 2-under-par. Gaugert's round included an eagle on the par-5 fourteenth hole, which played as the easiest hole during round one, surrendering seven eagles to the field.

Play will continue tomorrow with round two of the three round, 54-hole tournament. The first group will tee off at 8:30 a.m. CT on the first and tenth tees.

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