Stanford was in first at 8-under-par 272 and led by a stroke on Thursday in the opening round of the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford Golf Course.
Stanford's Patrick Rodgers was is tied at first with six other players at 4-under-par 66. The freshman made birdies on the second, seventh, 10th and 16th holes. He parred the rest.
"Getting off to a good start was big," said Rodgers who used 31 putts and hit 16 greens and eight fairways. "To hit it to a tap-in on 10 was great. It's always nice to have the comfort of being under par and letting the round come to you as opposed to trying to force it."
"I stayed patient and composed all day, making good decisions to stay bogey-free."
Under sunny ideal conditions and a light breeze, six teams shot under par, all of whom are a stroke from each other. Stanford was even par through the front nine and crept up to the top of the leaderboard heading into the round.
St. Mary's shot a 273 for second, while TCU checked in at third with 274. Close behind was San Francisco at 275 for fourth. San Jose State, who led the tournament through the first nine holes, scored 276 for fifth, as USC took sixth at 277.
"When it's that tight, that means you have to do all the easy stuff well," said Stanford coach Conrad Ray. "Avoid three putts. Hit the ball in the fairway. Stay away from the big numbers. There isn't a lot of rough. There might be a little separation in the next two days with wind tomorrow and rain on Saturday."
Stanford's Cameron Wilson and David Boote opened with 68, finding momentum in the back nine and tying for 13th.
Boote, who teed off on the 10th hole with all the Cardinal players, headed into the round at 1-over. The freshman turned that around with a birdie on the first hole. He parred his next three holes and made birdie on the fifth. A bogey and par quickly followed, but Boote managed to birdie his final two holes.
"This is the first event my family has watched me play in college," said Boote, who hails from Surrey, England. "The plan for tomorrow is to keep playing well, staying in control of my ball and managing my mind."
For Wilson, he was at par going into the last nine holes.
"My front nine was sort of a struggle," Wilson said. "I stayed pretty patient though and didn't get too up or down. I didn't start too well on the back nine, got a bogey on three but, again, stayed patient and had a long putt on four for birdie and an eagle on seven."
Stanford's Andrew Yun carded a 70 to tie for 26th, after five birdies -- three of which were in the back nine. The senior was 2-under going into the final hole but he double bogeyed the ninth to settle for par.
Rounding out the five was sophomore Patrick Grimes from Menlo School. He shot 74 and was tied for 66th.
"We played solid on the front," Ray said. "The west wind made some of the holes, such as the second and seventh, shorter than normal. The guys had a nice finish, other than Andrew, but there is a lot of golf left."
The rest of the six players on the Stanford men's team played as individuals. Five were unofficially grouped as the Stanford White team (as opposed to the official lineup which was dubbed Stanford Cardinal).
On the Stanford White lineup was senior Steve Kearney, junior Shane Lebow, redshirt junior Andre DeDecker, freshman Dominick Francks and redshirt senior Wilson Bowen.
Stanford White scored 287 for 13th, ahead of five other schools.
Francks and Bowen led Stanford White with a pair of 71s, tying for 31st. Tied at 49th was Lebow with 72. DeDecker recorded a 73 to tie for 61st, while Kearney shot a 74 to tie for 66th.
Freshman Keegan English, who also competed as an individual, carded a 76 to tie for 83rd.
"Our guys traditionally have been better front-runners than coming from behind," Ray said. "They're good about managing their game and playing in confidence. We have been in the middle of the pack in most of the tournaments so this is good for us."