MEN'S GOLF SURGES INTO THIRD PLACE OF AMERICA SKY CHAMPIONSHIP
SAN ANTONIO — Jordan Weir, Owen Taylor and Ryan Williams each finished below par and Sacramento State jumped up the standings during the second round of the America Sky Championship on Tuesday at The Dominion Country Club.
The Hornets shot 284 (4-under) during the day which was the lowest mark by any team during the day. That performance helped the team move from 22 strokes back at the start of the day to just seven strokes behind the leader. Southern Utah took over the team lead and has a two-round total of 296-285-581. Houston Baptist, which was the leader after the first day, is second at 282-300-582. Northern Colorado is tied with Sacramento State for third place at 588.
"The biggest difference for us was being able to read the greens," Sacramento State head men's coach Christopher Hall said. "We missed a ton of three footers on Monday but were able to execute better today.
"The greatest thing about today is that all five (Hornet golfers) were under par at one point and each had a feel of what it's like. We will go into tomorrow with a positive feeling."
Jordan Weir moved into a tie for second place after shooting 70 to follow his opening round 72. Weir was 1-over through his first seven holes with six pars and a bogey on the par-4 fifth. He ended the front nine with birdies on the par-3 eighth and the par-5 ninth. After a pair of pars, Weir birdied the par-4 12th, parred the 13th and birdied the par-4 14th to drop to 4-under. Three more pars came before a bogey on the par-5 18th.
Weir's total places him in a two-way tie for second place along with Weber State's Jordan Herzog. The pair are both one stroke behind Bryce Edmister of Binghamton who's shot 70-71-141.
"Jordan seems to step up every time we're at the conference championships," Hall said. "He's proven that he can challenge every year and rises to the occasion."
Owen Taylor is tied for 15th place and is 3-over through 36 holes. Taylor shot 71 on Tuesday after a strong finish. The sophomore was 2-over through 10 holes after a double bogey on the par-4 10th. He birdied Nos. 10 and 11 to get back to even and later dropped to 1-under with a birdie on the par-4 16th. Overall, his round was comprised of five birdies, 10 pars, two bogeys and a double bogey.
Ryan Williams had the best start to the second round on the team and was able to hold on for a 1-under par round of 71. Williams was 2-under at the turn with seven pars and birdies on the par-3 fifth and par-5 ninth. He started the back nine with a pair of birdies and eventually moved to 4-under with birdies on Nos. 12 and 13. Williams then bogeyed three of his final five holes. The senior is now tied for 18th overall.
Jordan Swanson shot 72 on Tuesday and is tied for 28th place at 79-72-151. Swanson had a steady second round with two birdies, 14 pars and two bogeys. He had a birdie and bogey on each side of the course. His first birdie came on the par-5 ninth while his second was on the par-5 11th.
Aaron Beverly completed the lineup and is tied for 37th at 80-75-155. Beverly started strong with four birdies on his first eight holes. He was 2-under through 12 holes but had bogeys on five of the final six holes.
AMERICA SKY CHAMPIONSHIP
The Dominion CC | San Antonio, Texas
Par 72 | 6,936 Yards
1. Southern Utah 296-285-581
2. Houston Baptist 282-300-582
T3. Northern Colorado 294-294-588
T3. SACRAMENTO STATE 304-284-588
5. Utah Valley 291-298-589
6. Hartford 301-292-593
7. Binghamton 298-303-601
8. CSU Bakersfield 310-295-605
9. Weber State 308-299-607
10. Texas-Pan American 312-300-612
11. North Dakota 317-313-630
12. Chicago State 340-349-689
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Bryce Edmister, BING, 70-71-141
T2. Jordan Weir, SAC, 72-70-142
T2. Jordan Herzog, WSU, 72-70-142
T4. Hudson Hansard, HNU, 69-74-143
T4. Taylor Schone, SUU, 74-69-143
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T2. Jordan Weir 72-70-142
T15. Owen Taylor 76-71-147
T18. Ryan Williams 77-71-148
T28. Jordan Swanson 79-72-151
T37. Aaron Beverly 80-75-155