The top-ranked Cal men's golf team shot a school-record 23-under 265 in Thursday's opening round at the NCAA Pullman Regional (Wash.) and took the lead at the 54-hole tournament.

Saint Mary's, ranked No. 24, also shattered a school record with a 21-under 267 at Palouse Ridge Golf Club. San Diego State (270) was third, and Pacific (274) was fifth.

"It was obviously a great round," Cal coach Steve Desimone said. "But we've got lots of work to do here."

Mac McClung (Irvington High) also tied a Gaels' record for low individual round with a 9-under 63 and was second behind USC's Sam Smith (62). McClung had eight birdies, an eagle and just one bogey.

The Bears' Joël Stalter and Michael Weaver and the Gaels' Jonathan De Los Reyes (De La Salle High) were in a five-way tie for third at 65.

Cal's Brandon Hagy had a 66, and teammate Michael Kim shot a 69. With the play-five-count-four format, the Bears had the luxury of throwing out Max Homa's 70,

More than three-quarters of the 75-player field shot par or better. Of the 14 teams in the field, 11 finished with under par rounds.

The top five teams and one player competing as an individual from each of six regionals will advance to the NCAA Championship, which begins May 28 at the Capital City Club (Ga.).

After opening with a 7-over 291, Stanford was third at a regional in Columbus, Ohio. Charlotte led at 287 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course, followed by South Carolina at 288.

USF was eighth at 297. Stanford's Cameron Wilson and USF's Cory McElyea were among those tied for fourth at 1-under 70. Charlotte's Raoul Menard led at 67.

San Jose State freshman Cody Blick (San Ramon Valley High), playing as an individual, opened with a 1-over 71 at a regional in Tempe, Ariz., and was tied for 28th place. Austin Peay's Dustin Korte and UCLA's Pontus Widegren shared the individual lead at 64. UCLA, at 12-under 268, led the team competition by 10 strokes at the Karsten Golf Course.

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