The Sarasota, Fla., native and 2014 NCAA Division II Championships qualifier fired a five-under par 66 (33-33) to be tied with UNLV sophomore Zane Thomas and 26-year old Canadian Garrett Rink.
Colgate, who previously qualified for the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur and the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championships, had the day’s only bogey-free round. He had three birdies on the front nine and two on the back
“I wasn’t happy with how I performed in the last couple of USGA events,” Colgate told Michael Trostel of the USGA. “But I’m really proud of the way I played today. I don’t have to worry if I make a couple of early bogeys tomorrow; I will know I am still in good shape.”
The tournament, held at Sand Creek Station, features 156 players and two days of stroke play. The top 64 players after Tuesday advance to single-elimination match play, held Wednesday through Saturday.
Colgate, who will redshirt during the 2014-15 season for the Lopers, tees off at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. Scores will be updated throughout the day at http://www.usga.org/ChampEventSite.aspx?id=17179869204
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