PULLMAN, Wash. — The Sacramento State men's golf team began its season with the first two rounds of the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club on Monday.
The Hornets, who are replacing three starters from a year ago, shot 311-314-625 as a team in the two rounds and are in eighth place heading into the final day. Host Washington State opened a three-stroke lead over Arizona as both teams posted strong numbers in the second round. After fighting through a windy first round, WSU finished the day at 302-295-597.
Kent Hagen of Washington State and Arizona's Dylan Healey are tied for the individual lead at 143. Hagen was the most consistent golfer of the day with rounds of 72 and 71. Healey shot 75 in the morning but bounced back with a second-round low 68.
Ryan Williams and Owen Taylor each shot 156 to lead Sacramento State and are tied for 28th. Williams began his first round by playing his opening nine holes even with a pair of birdies. He was 4-over on his final nine holes to close at 76. In the second round, Williams fell to 4-over through his first four holes but bounced back with a birdie, three pars and a bogey over his next five holes. He closed with five pars and four bogeys for and 80.
Taylor played his first nine holes even with the help of two birdies. He ended the opening round with a 79 following five pars, three bogeys and a quadruple bogey on the par-5 fifth. Taylor shot 77 in the second round, ending with a birdie, 12 pars, four bogeys and a double bogey.
His twin brother, Eric, is tied for 34th after shooting 77-80-157. Eric began by parring his first 11 holes but was upended by a six-hole stretch in which he was 6-over before birdying his final hole. In the afternoon, he carded two birdies to go along with eight pars, six bogeys and two double bogeys.
Freshman Aaron Beverly made his debut with back-to-back rounds of 79 and is tied for 38th place. Beverly played his opening 18 holes with nothing higher than a bogey. He also had a birdie and nine pars. His second round featured four birdies and eight pars but also had four bogeys, a triple bogey and quadruple bogey.
Jordan Weir shot 81-78 and is tied for 42nd. Weir, who as a constant in the Hornet lineup last season, bogeyed five of his first nine holes. He began the final nine holes of the first round with two pars and a birdie before playing the next four holes at 5-over. In the second round, he opened slowly and stood at 8-over through his first seven holes. From that point, Weir reverted to his last season form, birdying his next two holes before carding nine consecutive pars.
Itani Quality Homes Collegiate
Palouse Ridge GC • Pullman, Wash.
Par 72 • 7,308 Yards
1. Washington State 302-295-597
2. Arizona 306-294-600
3. San Jose State 309-300-609
4. Gonzaga 309-302-611
5. Idaho 306-306-612
6. Boise State 315-300-615
7. Cal State Fullerton 316-300-616
8. SACRAMENTO STATE 311-314-625
9. Santa Clara 314-312-626
10. British Columbia 321-312-633
11. Utah Valley 323-318-641
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
T1. Kent Hagen, WSU, 72-71-143
T1. Dylan Healey, ARIZ, 75-68-143
3. Hank Frame, WSU, 76-69-145
T4. Connor Covington, SJSU, 73-74-147
T4. Taeksoo Kim, BSU, 75-72-147
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T28. Ryan Williams 76-80-156
T28. Owen Taylor 79-77-156
T34. Eric Taylor 77-80-157
T38. Aaron Beverly 79-79-158
T42. Jordan Weir 81-78-159