Former Saint Mary’s golfer Ben Geyer fired a 4-under par 68 and is tied for 11th overall after the first round of the PGA Tour’s Frys.com Open at Silverado Country Club.
The Arbuckle, Calif. native joins such PGA Tour notables as Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose among the golfers in contention. Brendan Steele leads the tournament after blistering the course with a 9-under par 63.
“Ben played well today,” said SMC head coach Scott Hardy, who is serving as Geyer’s caddy for the event. “He kept the ball in play, for the most part, and took advantage of his scoring opportunities. He was able to make a couple of good saves when he was out of position and that kept the momentum of his round going. Overall, he played solid golf, made good decisions and holed a few testy putts.”
Geyer opened the round with three pars before suffering his only bogey of the day on the par 4 fourth hole. He rebounded quickly with a birdie on No. 5 and finished the front nine with a birdie on No. 9 to finish at 1-under.
He maintained his consistency on the back nine with six pars and birdies on hole Nos. 12, 16 and 17.
Geyer remains paired with Tyrone Van Aswegen and Smylie Kaufman and goes off the 10th tee tomorrow at 1:50 p.m.