ELK GROVE, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's golf team relied on a 69 from Jordan Weir and a 72 from Owen Taylor to finish in sixth place at the Sacramento State Invitational on Tuesday at Valley Hi Country Club.
The team shot 290 during the third round which was the third lowest score of the day and was able to move up two spots in the standings. Northern Colorado pulled away over the last five holes to win the team title. The Bears shot 283-296-287-866 to win by seven strokes over Chico State. Loyola Marymount and Southern Utah tied for third place with a total of 876.
"It was nice to see Jordan Weir come out and put a solid round together as well as Owen Taylor," Sacramento State head Christopher Hall said. "Overall, today sets us up to head into the Fresno State tournament on a better note. The guys know that we are a solid team and have a chance to play some good golf.
"This tournament is great for the community and its nice to host a successful event and showcase the Sacramento and Elk Grove community."
Weir started on the 10th hole and was 1-over through his first five holes. He then birdied Nos. 15, 17 and 1 (all par 4s) which dropped him to 2-under through 11 holes. A bogey on the par-4 third was his last miscue of the round and he followed that with a birdie on the par-5 fourth and par-4 sixth. His third-round performance moved him into a tie for 12th place at 75-75-69-219.
Taylor also tied for 12th at 75-72-72-219. On Tuesday, he was 3-over through six holes but bounced back with birdies on Nos. 16 and 18 to make the turn at 1-over. On the front side, he bogeyed the par-4 second before a stretch where he birdied three of his next six holes (Nos. 4, 5 and 8). Taylor ended his round with a bogey on the par-4 ninth.
Robert Parden posted his best round of the tournament with a 2-over par 74. He finished in 44th place with a 54-total of 75-80-74-229. Parden was even at the midway point of his round with a pair of birdies and bogeys. On the front side he bogeyed three of the first five holes but stopped the streak with a birdie on No. 6 and three pars.
Riley Hayfield provided the final score toward the team total with a 75. Hayfield began the day with two bogeys but returned to even with birdies on Nos. 12 and 16. He bogeyed three of the next four holes before six straight pars closed his round.
Sacramento State also had three individuals playing in the field, including Alex Gibbs who shot a 1-under par 71. Gibbs bogeyed his first hole and birdied the par-4 12th. He then parred his next 13 holes before a birdie on the par-5 eighth took him to 1-under.
Northern Colorado's Ben Krueger and Loyola Marymount's Lawrence Ree tied for first after each totaled 212. Krueger led all players in the final round with a 68.
Sacramento State returns to action at the Fresno State Lexus Classic on March 10-11.
SACRAMENTO STATE INVITATIONAL
Presented by Shingle Springs Honda
Valley Hi CC | Elk Grove, Calif.
Par 72 | 7,009 Yards
1. Northern Colorado 283-296-287-866
2. Chico State 291-289-293-873
T3. Loyola Marymount 291-284-301-876
T3. Southern Utah 293-297-286-876
5. Nevada 291-296-292-879
6. Sacramento State 298-300-290-888
7. Pacific 298-295-296-889
8. Boise State 297-297-296-890
9. British Columbia 311-296-291-898
10. Weber State 305-303-293-901
11. Nebraska Omaha 319-299-296-914
12. CSU Bakersfield 319-316-309-944
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
T1. Ben Krueger, UNC, 69-75-68-212
T1. Lawrence Ree, LMU, 70-70-72-212*
T3. Conner Barr, UNC, 69-73-72-214
T3. Drew Bender, PAC, 75-70-69-214
T3. Tyler Torano, LMU, 74-69-71-214
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T12. Owen Taylor 75-72-72-219
T12. Jordan Weir 75-75-69-219
T20. Jordan Swanson 75-69-78-222*
T35. Luke Kristo 74-79-72-225*
T38. Alex Gibbs 78-77-71-226*
T41. Riley Hayfield 73-79-75-227
44. Robert Parden 75-80-74-229
T45. Cody Bates 79-74-77-230