The University of Louisville’s men’s golf team had a strong showing in the first round of The Prestige, held at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West in LaQuinta, California on Monday. Led by Jiri Zuska’s impressive 69, the Cardinals finished in ninth place after collectively shooting a 5-over-par 289 in a difficult 24-team field. The team managed to stay in the top 10, with Pepperdine leading the first round after shooting 279, followed by Stanford in second place and TCU in third.

Zuska, a fifth-year senior, shot a 2-under-par and is currently tied for ninth place overall after 18 holes. He had a fantastic back nine, shooting 3-under-par and even managing an eagle on No. 11. Max Kennedy shot a 1-over-par 72, placing him in a tie for 37th place, while Sebastian Moss and Mads Roddick are tied for 58th after shooting a 3-over-par 74. Andrew Tan rounded out the Cardinals’ top five with a 4-over-par 75, placing him in a tie for 69th.

The Cardinals will look to continue their strong performance in the second round, which begins on Tuesday at 10:40 a.m. ET. The Prestige is a two-day tournament and is part of the team’s preparation for the upcoming ACC Championship in April. The Cardinals will look to improve their position in the rankings as the tournament progresses and build momentum for the remainder of the season.

Zuska’s impressive performance is just one example of the talent on the Cardinals’ team, which has high hopes for the remainder of the season. The team has been working hard to refine their skills and develop their strategy, and their hard work appears to be paying off. With a strong showing in the remainder of The Prestige, the Cardinals will be well-positioned to continue their success in upcoming tournaments and earn a spot in the NCAA Championship. Fans and supporters of the team will be eagerly following their progress as they work towards their goals for the season.