STANFORD, Calif. – The University of Oregon men’s golf team held the lead after the first round of the 2011 Pac-10 Conference men’s golf championship at Stanford Golf Course, combining for a 1-over par 351 to lead No. 2 UCLA by two strokes.

The 22nd-ranked Ducks were led by Jack Paton , who shot a season-low 68 to tie for the individual lead at 2-under on the 6,742-yard course. A junior from Hillsborough, Calif., Paton played in only five tournaments during the regular season and is UO’s sixth-seeded player on the six-man squad for the tournament.

Oregon’s No. 1, Daniel Miernicki , stood tied for sixth after the opening round of the 72-hole championship after firing a 1-under 69. Fellow junior Andrew Vijarro was in a tie for tenth at even par and Jack Dukeminier was tied for 14th at 1-over.

Robbie Ziegler and Eugene Wong were tied for 28th at 3-over par.

Host Stanford was third at 4-over 354, followed by USC (+5) and Cal (+7).

The teams began Round 2 on Friday afternoon. Round 3 is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start on Saturday with Sunday’s final round set for 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Oregon placed sixth at the conference championship in 2010, but went on to a third-place national finish – the highest by a Pac-10 school last season.