COSTA MESA, Calif. — Owen Taylor shot two rounds of 71 to account for half of Sacramento State's four rounds of even par or better during the first day of the Anteater Invitational on Monday. Taylor's efforts along with a first-round 69 from Luke Kristo and a second-round 71 by Jordan Weir have the Hornets in third place heading into Tuesday's final round.
Long Beach State shot 289-286-575 and leads host UC Irvine by four strokes. Sacramento State finished the first day at 288-293-591 and sits in third followed by UC Santa Barbara (585) and Cal State Northridge (587).
The Hornets got off to a great start and were one stroke behind Cal State Northridge following the first round. Kristo, Taylor and Cody Bates (72) led the way for the team which finished at 4-over. In the second round, LBSU was 2-under which vaulted the 49ers into the team lead. Sacramento State relied on Taylor and Weir's even par rounds but finished at 9-over.
Taylor is tied for fourth place and is four strokes behind Kevin Lee of LBSU for the individual lead. The junior's day began on the 10th hole where he bogeyed his first two holes before birdying the par-3 12th. He remained at 1-over through the 18th hole but dropped to even after a birdie on the par-5 first. After a bogey, birdie and par, he jumped back to 1-over with a bogey on the par-4 fifth hole. Three more pars came before he birdied the par-4 ninth to finish even.
He carried that momentum to the second round where he parred the first five holes before birdying Nos. 15, 16 and 17. However, he gave each of those strokes back with a triple bogey of the par-3 18th. On the front side of the course, he birdied the first hole, bogeyed Nos. 3 and 7 (both par 3) and ended with a birdie on No. 18.
Kristo is eighth in the field at 69-76-145. His first round score is his third lowest at Sacramento State and had him tied for third at the midway point of the day. During that round, he was 2-over after nine holes but birdied four of his first six holes on the front side of the course before concluding with three consecutive pars. In the afternoon round, he endured a stretch of five straight bogeys (Nos. 16-2) and was 6-over through 12 holes. He birdied the par-4 fourth and parred his remaining five holes.
Bates and Weir are tied for 13th with a two-round total of 147. Bates had three birdies and four bogeys in the morning and recorded two birdies and six bogeys in the second round. Weir's opening round consisted of a birdie, four bogeys and a double bogey. In the afternoon, he was 3-over through nine holes but played his final nine at 3-under with birdies on Nos. 1, 6 and 7.
The tournament will conclude on Tuesday with a single round at the Mesa Verde Country Club. Sacramento State will be paired in twosomes with UCSB with all players beginning off the first tee starting at 7:30 a.m.
Costa Mesa, Calif. | Mesa Verde CC
Par 71 | 6,803 Yards
1. Long Beach State 289-286-575
2. UC Irvine 289-290-579
3. SACRAMENTO STATE 288-293-581
4. UC Santa Barbara 295-290-585
5. CS Northridge 287-300-587
6. Grand Canyon 302-288-590
7. Fresno State 302-295-597
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Kevin Lee, LBSU, 68-70-138
2. Pete Fernandez, UCI, 67-72-139
3. Kyler Sauer, CSUN, 69-72-141
T4. Owen Taylor, SAC, 71-71-142
T4. Alec Dahlquist, GCU, 74-68-142
T4. Glen Scher, UCSB, 73-69-142
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T4. Owen Taylor 71-71-142
8. Luke Kristo 69-76-145
T13. Cody Bates 72-75-147
T13. Jordan Weir 76-71-147
T38. Riley Hayfield 79-77-156