College Men

Cal leads early at Southern Highlands

Brandon Hagy of University of California during the 2012 NCAA Championship at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Brandon Hagy of University of California during the 2012 NCAA Championship at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Friday, March 8, 2013

Behind a 3-under 69 from Brandon Hagy and a trio of 72s from Michael Weaver, Max Homa and Joel Stalter, California jumped out in front early Friday at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas.

The Bears, No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, shot 3-under 285 and hold a one-shot lead over Stanford.

The Cardinal got a 6-under 66 from Patrick Rodgers, who leads the individual standings by two shots over Cory Whitsett of Alabama. The Crimson Tide, ranked third by Golfweek, are third as a team after a first-round 289.

UCLA, which is also fielding a team this weekend at Bandon Dunes, is tied for fourth with New Mexico at 3-over 291. Florida and Texas A&M are a shot back of them.

Texas, ranked second by Golfweek, is in last place after an 18-over 306. Golfweek's No. 2-ranked individual, freshman Brandon Stone, shot 6 over for the Longhorns on Friday.