Welch Struggles, Oklahoma in 2nd at Colonial Collegiate Invitational
Patrick Welch is in 72nd place after the first round of the Colonial Collegiate Invitational at famed Colonial Country Club in Texas.
However, Welch’s #1 Oklahoma Sooners finish the first day in second place, two shots behind Pepperdine.
Pepperdine, of course, is the defending national champions and feature 2021 Northeast Amateur Champion Dylan Menante.
As a team, Oklahoma is three-over (563) through 36 holes, while Pepperdine is one-over (561) through 36 holes.
Welch opened the round with two bogeys in the first four holes to fall to two-over right off the bat.
He closed the front nine with a bogey on the ninth hole to make the turn in three-over (38).
On the back side, Welch bogeyed the 15th hole and doubled the 16th hole to shoot 76.
As GolfNewsRI reported, Welch is ranked 29th in the PGA Tour University rankings entering this week. He will need a strong finish to avoid potentially dropping.