PULLMAN, Wash. — Juniors Owen Taylor and Luke Kristo led a record breaking performance by the Sacramento State men's golf team on Tuesday at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate.
Taylor tied for third and Kristo eighth to help lead the Hornets to a third place finish in the 12-team tournament. The Hornets shot 277 in the final round to record the lowest team score of the day and finished the tournament with a three-round total of 842. The total score set the school record, shattering the mark of 851 which came last season at the Pacific Invitational. The 277 is tied for the second best in program history and is just one stroke off the school record.
"It was great to see the guys playing their own game," Sacramento State head coach Christopher Hall said. "We didn't get off to the best start today but everyone regrouped and attacked the course. This team pushes themselves to become better everyday."
Taylor also made history, becoming the third Hornet to shoot 204 over 54 holes. The San Juan Capistrano, Calif., native joins Ryan Williams and Jake Johnson atop the school record list. On Tuesday, Taylor was 2-over at the turn after bogeying the par-4 eighth and ninth. He then scorched the back nine with five birdies and only one bogey. The three rounds of 68 are his career lows and the total was 17 strokes better than his previous best.
Kristo made his Sacramento State debut memorable by shooting 70-71-67-208. The final round 67 is tied for the ninth lowest in Sacramento State history and his 54-hole total places him fourth. During the final round, Kristo played the front half of the course at 1-under with birdies on the par-5 fifth and the par-4 ninth to go along with a bogey. His back nine was error free as he birdied Nos. 15 and 16 along with seven pars.
"Owen and Luke just played solid golf," Hall said. "They both hit the ball well and were steady throughout the tournament."
Senior Jordan Weir tied for 22nd overall and provided the third score in the 60s for Sacramento State during the round with a 69. Weir was 1-over after nine holes but rallied with birdies on Nos. 10 and 16 to finish at 1-under.
Freshman Robert Parden shot 73 to account for the final score toward the team total. Parden finished the tournament at 70-75-73-217 to tie for 34th.
Host Washington State maintained its lead to win the team title. The Cougars shot 284 during the final round and ended with a total of 836. Cal State Fullerton was one stroke behind in second place.
San Jose State's Cody Blick and Blake Snyder of Washington State tied for medalist honors at 203.
Sacramento State will return to action on Monday, Sept. 16, at the Ram Master's Invitational, in Ft. Collins, Colo.
ITANI QUALITY HOMES COLLEGIATE
Palouse Ridge GC | Pullman, Wash.
Par 70 | 7,247 Yards
1. Washington State 282-270-284-836
2. Cal State Fullerton 282-277-278-837
3. SACRAMENTO STATE 280-285-277-842
4. Idaho 283-284-280-847
5. San Jose State 285-288-283-856
T6. Santa Clara 289-280-288-857
T6. Chico State 287-285-285-857
8. Gonzaga 285-289-289-863
9. Boise State 295-280-294-869
10. British Columbia 286-293-291-870
11. Utah Valley 290-286-297-873
12. Seattle 291-289-299-879
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
T1. Cody Blick, SJSU, 67-68-68-203
T1. Blake Snyder, WSU, 69-66-68-203
T3. Owen Taylor, SAC, 68-68-68-204
T3. Mark Anguiano, CSF, 70-69-65-204
T5. Jared du Toit, UI, 69-69-69-207
T5. Corey Gard, CSF, 66-70-71-207
T5. Ryan Tetrault, CSF, 72-67-68-207
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T3. Owen Taylor 68-68-68-204
T8. Luke Kristo 70-71-67-208
T22. Jordan Weir 74-71-69-214
T34. Robert Parden 70-75-73-218
T68. Jordan Swanson 72-77-77-226