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Top-ranked Cal off to hot start at NCAA regional

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No. 1 Cal fired a school and course-record 23-under-par score of 265 in Thursday’s opening round at the NCAA Pullman Regional to take the lead after the first 18 holes of the 54-hole event hosted by Washington State. Cal leads the regional by two strokes over second-place St. Mary’s (267).

Joël Stalter and Michael Weaver paced the Bears with matching 7-under-par 65s.

Elsewhere, Stanford sits in third place in the Columbus Regional after a first-day 7-over 291. The Cardinal trail Charlotte by four shots. Cameron Wilson led the Cardinal with a 1-under 70.

Also in the Columbus Regional, USF sits in eight place, 10 back of the leaders.

The top five teams and one player competing as an individual from each of six NCAA Regionals taking place around the nation through Saturday will advance to the NCAA Championship.