The Cal Poly men’s golf team finished the first round of the Hartford Invitational on Monday in 10th place out of 23 teams.

The Mustangs finished with a four-person total of 302 strokes at the 6,928-yard, par-72 Ballymeade Country Club in North Fallmouth, Mass., leaving them 18 shots behind team-leading Baylor (284). Texas Christian and Rhode Island are tied for second place, eight strokes behind the Bears.

There are a number of teams clumped behind Baylor, as the margin between second and 10th place is only 10 strokes heading into today’s final round.

Originally the tournament had been schedule for 54 holes, but was shortened to 36 because of heavy rain Sunday and Monday morning that delayed tee times.

Colin Peck had the best opening round for the Mustangs, shooting a 74, putting him in a tie for 24th place. Bryan Pierce finished in a tie for 34th place after shooting a 75.

The Mustangs were also represented by Geoff Gonzalez (who tied for 36th with a 76), Trevor Guthrie (tied for 53rd after shooting a 77) and Jarod Knight (tied for 71st after carding a 79).

North Carolina State’s Matt Hill is the individual leader, shooting a 66, giving him a three-stroke advantage over Mercer’s Bill Jones III. Four golfers are tied in third place after shooting a two-under-par 70.

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