PULLMAN Wash. - UC Santa Barbara senior Zach Smith shot a 5-under par 65 in Tuesday's first round at the NCAA Pullman Regional at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club and he is one of a trio of players tied for fourth, one shot out of the lead.
After shooting a 2-under 33 through the first nine holes, Smith posted three birdies over the first six holes of the back nine to drop his score to 5-under.
The Pleasanton, Calif., native, along with Timmy Hildebrand of Purdue and Donnie Trosper of Michigan State, trail the leaders by one. Chandler Phillips of Texas A&M, Garett Reband of Oklahoma and Carson Lundell of BYU, each shot a 6-under par 64 to tie for the lead.
"Zach played one of the most stress-free rounds I've ever watched," said UCSB head coach Steve Lass. "He hit 17 greens in regulation and never came close to making a bogey. While his putting certainly could have been better, his ball striking was flawless."
Smith had the best score of players competing as an individual, two shots better than San Francisco's Tim Widing and three better than Daniel O'Loughlin of Colorado.
Texas A&M paces the team standings at 11-under par, one shot ahead of Oklahoma, two up on Georgia Tech and three ahead of BYU.