FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Juniors Luke Kristo and Owen Taylor continued their hot starts to the 2013 fall season by leading the Sacramento State men's golf team during the first two rounds of the Ram Masters Invitational on Monday at Fort Collins Country Club.
Kristo shot rounds of 67 and 71 and finds himself just one stroke out of the lead heading into Tuesday's final round. The JC transfer was three strokes back after his first round despite shooting 3-under. He started his day on the 11th hole and eventually stood at 5-under with birdies on Nos. 14, 16, 3, 5 and 7. He gave back two strokes with a pair of bogeys over his final three holes.
In the afternoon session, he began with four straight pars before a birdie on the par-5 15th took him to 1-under. He returned to even following a bogey on No. 16 and then slipped to 3-over with bogeys on Nos. 18, 3 and 4. Kristo then rallied off three consecutive birdies to drop back to even. The streak began on the par-3 fifth and continued on the par-4 sixth and par-5 seventh. After two pars, he ended with his second bogey of the day on No. 10.
Taylor followed his three rounds of 68 at last week's tournament with a 1-over par 71 in the first round and a 1-under 69 in the second. His morning round was comprised of two birdies, 13 pars and three bogeys. In the second round, Taylor began with bogeys on two of his first three holes but answered with consecutive pars on Nos. 14 and 15 before parring seven straight holes. A bogey on No. 3 was his final miscue of the day as he ended with birdies on Nos. 6 and 9 along with three pars.
Senior Jordan Weir had a pair of 75s to move into a tie for 58th. Weir's opening round was sparked by an eagle on the par-5 fifth and also featured a birdie, 10 pars, four bogeys and two double bogeys. He was much more consistent in the afternoon with a birdie, 11 pars and six bogeys.
Freshman Cody Bates is tied for 70th in his first action of the season. Bates shot 75-77-152 with one birdie and 13 bogeys over his two rounds. Fellow freshman Robert Parden completed the lineup at 76-77-153.
Host Colorado State holds the team lead with a two-round total of 564. The Rams are followed by Nevada (566), Louisville (566), Wichita State (571) and Rice (573) in the top five. Sacramento State is in eighth place with a total of 288-292-580.
Colorado State's Cameron Harrell is the individual leader at 70-67-137. Kristo is tied with Jordan Wright of Cal Poly for second place with a 36-hole total of 138.
RAM MASTERS INVITATIONAL
Fort Collins, Colo. | Fort Collins CC
Par 70 | 7,121 Yards
1. Colorado State 280-284-564
2. Nevada 280-286-566
3. Louisville 287-283-570
4. Wichita State 280-291-571
5. Rice 286-287-573
6. Northern Colorado 287-287-574
7. Denver 287-288-575
8. SACRAMENTO STATE 288-292-580
9. McNeese State 285-297-582
10. Wyoming 292-291-583
11. Kansas 286-299-585
12. Cal Poly 290-296-586
13. Weber State 294-299-593
T14. South Dakota State 298-304-602
T14. Drake 312-290-602
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Cameron Harrell, CSU, 70-67-137
T2. Luke Kristo, SAC, 67-71-138
T2. Jordan Wright, CP, 64-74-138
4. Hampus Berman, McNeese, 68-71-139
T5. Owen Taylor, SAC, 71-69-140
T5. Oskar Arvidsson, DU, 72-68-140
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T2. Luke Kristo 67-71-138
T5. Owen Taylor 71-69-140
T58. Jordan Weir 75-75-150
T70. Cody Bates 75-77-152
T73. Robert Parden 76-77-153