MEN'S GOLF BEGINS PLAY AT BILL CULLUM INVITATIONAL
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's golf team received under par rounds from Cody Bates and Owen Taylor and are tied for 13th place after completing two rounds of the Bill Cullum Invitational on Monday at Wood Ranch Golf Club.
The Hornets opened with a round of 292 before shooting 298. Play was suspended due to darkness with four teams still on the course. The third round will take place on Tuesday.
San Diego claimed a six-stroke lead with rounds of 282-275. The Toreros lead 24th-ranked Arizona State (563) and Cal State Fullerton (568) in the top three.
Taylor posted the low score for the Hornets during the opening day, finishing at an even-par 144. The junior shot 73 in the opening round and finished with a 1-under 71 in the second round. Starting on the third hole, Taylor was 2-over through his first three holes before running off six birdies over his next 11 holes to stand at 4-under. That stretch featured birdies on two par-5s as well as four par-4s. However, things turned for Taylor on the 17th hole with a double-bogey on the par 3 as well as bogeys on Nos. 18, 1 and 2.
In the second round, he was 3-over after 11 holes but rallied with birdies on the par-4 14th and par-5 15th. Two pars were followed by an eagle on the 521-yard par-5 18th to drop him to 1-under where he remained.
Cody Bates had the best start in the field birdying three of his first four holes in the opening round. Bates had birdies on the par-5 sixth, par-3 seventh and par-4 eighth to take an early individual lead. Bogeys on Nos. 10 and 12 moved him to 1-under but he was able to earn a shot back with a birdie on the par-3 17th. Bates bogeyed the par-4 first to finish with a round of 71.
The freshman shot 76 in the second round after a round which featured three birdies, 11 pars, two bogeys, a double bogey and triple bogey.
Jordan Swanson was consistent with rounds of 73 and 74. A double bogey on the par-4 eighth and bogey on the 10th made him 3-over through his first six holes of the day. Birdies on Nos. 12, 13 and 15 dropped him to even. He ended with seven pars over his final eight holes with the exception being a bogey on the par-3 17th.
In the afternoon round, Swanson began with a birdie on the par-5 sixth and stayed at 1-under until he bogeyed No. 16. Birdies on Nos. 18 and 4 and bogeys on Nos. 1 and 3 kept him even before he ended the day with a double-bogey on the par-4 fifth.
Freshman Robert Parden posted a birdie and 13 pars along with four bogeys in the morning round to finish at 75. His second round was highlighted by an eagle on the 528-yard par-5. He also had three bogeys and a pair of double bogeys to conclude with a 77.
Junior Luke Kristo had consecutive rounds of 77 to post a 36-hole total of 154. In the first round, Kristo had a birdie and six bogeys. He recorded two birdies, two pars, a double bogey and triple bogey in the second round.
BILL CULLUM INVITATIONAL
Simi Valley, Calif. | Wood Ranch GC
Par 72 | 6,819 Yards
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Jon Rahm, Arizona State, 67-70-137
2. Mark Anguiano, CS Fullerton, 71-67-138
T3. Alex Chiarella, San Diego, 69-70-139
T3. Grant Forrest, San Diego, 71-68-139
T3. Taylor Schmidt, San Diego, 74-65-139
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T23. Owen Taylor 73-71-144
T40. Cody Bates 71-76-147
T40. Jordan Swanson 73-74-147
T66. Robert Parden 75-77-152
T78. Luke Kristo 77-77-154