PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Saint Mary's freshman Jonathan De Los Reyes fired a 1-over par 72 and finished the first day at the NCAA Golf Championships in a tie for 27th place overall.
A native of Antioch, Calif., De Los Reyes is one of just six individual players among the 156-player field and is tied with 18 other players, including Pepperdine's Josh Anderson, in the medalist race at the par 71, 7,292-yard Riviera Country Club.
UCLA's Anton Arboleda leads the field after firing a 4-under par 67. He is one of just 12 golfers in the field to shoot under par today.
The top finisher of the 3-round stroke play portion of the tournament is considered the NCAA champion. The eight low scoring teams advance to match play that will determine the national team champion.
"I thought I played pretty well today, but I didn't hit my driver as well as I would have liked," said De Los Reyes, who led the first two rounds of the West Coast Conference Championships and finished among the top-10 last month. "I made a couple of bogeys after I missed some fairways, but overall I thought I managed the course pretty well.
"The course was nice, the weather was perfect and I hope to improve on my performance tomorrow."
De Los Reyes started his round with a bogey on the par 4, 315-yard 10th hole. After 5-straight pars, he carded a birdie on the par 3, 166-yard 16th to lower his score to even par. Following a pair of bogeys, he registered a birdie on another par 3 - this time the 199-yard sixth hole - to finish with a 1-over.
"Johnathan handles his nerves well and settled into his round with good pars and his third and fourth holes," said SMC head coach Scott Hardy. "He had a pretty solid round, hit his irons well and holed out well from inside five feet.
"The key for him tomorrow will be to stay patient and shooting away from tough pin locations. If he does that, he can move up the leaderboard."
He returns to the course tomorrow at 2:20 p.m. and will tee-off on the first hole with the same threesome as today's first round, joining North Carolina State's Albin Choi and Philip Chian of Long Beach State.