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GCAA Summer Series: Hoekstra and Gutierrez fire 2-under 70s to lead Day 1 at Bayonet

Above: Alejandro Gutierrez

SEASIDE, Calif. ─ Long Beach State’s Andrew Hoekstra and Santa Clara’s Alejandro Gutierrez find themselves four shots in front of the pack after round one of the GCAA Summer Series at Bayonet Golf Course.

On a cold and windy summer day on the Monterey Peninsula, rising junior Alejandro Gutierrez cruised early in his round, going three under through the first three holes including an eagle on the par-5 first, the only eagle from the entire field.

With bogeys on Nos. 13, 16 and 17, Gutierrez stepped up to the par-5 18th at 1-under par.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be like a magical round now,” Gutierrez commented after his round. “So I just had to stay focused and get that birdie on that par five to give myself a shot.” Gutierrez would drain an 18-foot putt to, at that time, take the clubhouse lead at 2-under par.

“Under par rounds are good all the time,” said Gutierrez.

He would soon be matched by rising redshirt freshman Andrew Hoekstra, who birdied the last in the following group to finish with a 2-under 70.

Hoekstra ran a very consistent round on Monday with five birdies and three bogeys. Hoekstra was the only player to have less than four bogeys without a complimentary double bogey or worse. Hoekstra and Gutierrez will tee off on one at 8:50am Tuesday morning.

Sitting at 2-over par tied for third, UC Berkeley’s James Song and Holy Names’ Blas Ayesa fought their ways through the front nine before each finishing strong down the stretch.

Ayesa carded seven consecutive pars to close his round of 74 and a field best 35 back nine. “I’m happy with that because it was not like I was struggling,” Ayesa told GCAA Summer Series Media after his round. “I was in for birdie on every hole. So, I mean, it’s good for tomorrow.”

Ayesa will tee off on one at 8:40am tomorrow morning, while Song will tee off with the leaders at 8:50am.

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