TAYLOR LEADS MEN'S GOLF TO STRONG START ON OPENING DAY
PULLMAN, Wash. — Owen Taylor shot consecutive rounds of 68 and is tied for third after the first day of the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate on Monday at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course.
Taylor's efforts were his two lowest rounds in his Sacramento State career. The junior sparked the team to a lead following the first round as the Hornets shot an even-par 280 over their first 18 holes. Sacramento State finished the day with a second round 285 and enter Tuesday's final round 13 strokes behind host Washington State.
Taylor was even though his first nine homes of the opening round with a birdie on the par-4 second and bogey on the par-4 eighth. He remained even through 14 holes but slipped with a bogey on the par-4 15th. The San Juan Capistrano, Calif., native ended strong with birdies on his final three holes.
During the second round, he birdied the par-4 fifth and seventh before a bogey on No. 8 stopped a stretch where he played 10 consecutive holes at 5-under. Taylor slid to 1-over with bogeys on two of his first four holes on the back nine but rallied again with three birdies (Nos. 14, 15 and 18) to match his morning effort.
Junior college transfer Luke Kristo made a smooth transition to NCAA play with rounds of 70-71-141 to tie for 19th place. Kristo had a consistent opening round with four birdies, 10 pars and four bogeys. In the second round, he had three birdies, 11 pars and four bogeys. Unlike Taylor, Kristo was haunted over the final two holes of each round, playing the 17th and 18th at 4-over on the day.
Senior Jordan Weir and freshman Robert Parden are tied for 38th place with 36-hole totals of 145. Weir opened with a round of 74 before shaving three strokes off in the afternoon. Parden began his collegiate career with an even-par 70 and shot 75 in the second round.
During his two rounds, Weir had four birdies, 25 pars, five bogeys and a pair of double bogeys on the par-3 13th holes. Parden had five birdies, 21 pars and 10 bogeys.
Jordan Swanson completed the lineup with rounds of 72 and 77 to tie for 60th place. Swanson had three birdies and five bogeys in the morning. He finished with a birdie, three bogeys, a double and triple bogey in the second round.
Washington State surged to the team lead with an amazing 10-under par second round. That score gave the Cougars a total of 552 which is seven strokes ahead of Cal State Fullerton. The remainder of the top five is comprised of Idaho (567) and Santa Clara (569).
Itani Quality Homes Collegiate
Palouse Ridge GC | Pullman, Wash.
Par 70 | 7,247 Yards
1. Washington State 282-270-552
2. Cal State Fullerton 282-277-559
3. SACRAMENTO STATE 280-285-565
4. Idaho 283-294-567
5. Santa Clara 289-280-569
6. Chico State 287-285-572
7. San Jose State 285-289-574
8. Gonzaga 285-289-574
9. Boise State 295-280-575
10. Utah Valley 290-286-576
11. British Columbia 286-293-579
12. Seattle 291-289-580
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
T1. Cody Blick, SJSU, 67-68-135
T1. Blake Snyder, WSU, 69-66-135
T3. Owen Taylor, SAC, 68-68-136
T3. Michael Anderson, WSU, 70-66-136
T3. Corey Gard, CSF, 66-70-136
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T3. Owen Taylor 68-68-136
T19. Luke Kirsto 70-71-141
T38. Jordan Weir 74-71-145
T38. Robert Parden 70-75-145
T60. Jordan Swanson 72-77-149