MEN'S GOLF IN CONTENTION AFTER FIRST DAY OF FRESNO STATE CLASSIC
FRESNO, Calif. — Freshman Robert Parden shot 71 in the first round and junior Owen Taylor shot 74 in the second round to lead the Sacramento State men's golf team during the first day of the Fresno State Classic.
The Hornets were able to fight through very windy conditions at the San Joaquin Country Club and sit in seventh place heading into Tuesday's final round. Sacramento State shot 297-300-597 and are only one stroke out of the top five and 13 strokes behind Nevada (290-294-584) for the team lead. UC Santa Barbara and San Francisco each totaled 586 through two rounds and are tied for second.
Parden and Taylor are tied for 13th individually with a 36-hole total of 148. Parden flirted with the lead for most of the opening round and tied his second best round of the year. The Saratoga, Calif., native began on the ninth hole and was 2-under through his first six holes with the help of birdies on the par-3 11th and par-5 12th. A bogey on the par-4 15th was evened with a birdie on the par-5 18th. He remained at 2-under through the fifth hole before bogeys on Nos. 6 and 7 and a par on No. 8 completed his first round.
In the second round, Parden was even through his first four holes with a birdie and bogey. However, double bogeys on the par-4 13th and 2nd as well as two bogeys took him to 6-over through 12 holes. He closed his round with six consecutive pars.
Taylor had consecutive rounds of 74 which came in different forms. In the morning, he was 3-over through seven holes before a birdie on No. 12. A bogey immediately followed and he added two more birdies and two bogeys over his next six holes. In the second round, Taylor had four birdies, three bogeys and two double bogeys. He was even through 12 holes with the help of consecutive birdies on Nos. 11 and 12. A double bogey on the par-4 17th stopped his stretch of hot play but he birdied the par-5 18th to get back on track. A par on No. 1 kept him at 1-over until a double bogey on No. 2.
Luke Kristo is tied for 31st with rounds of 75-76-151. Kristo found himself in an early hole with four straight bogeys and a double bogey to start his day. From there, he pieced together seven pars before birdying Nos. 18 and 1. He finished with four more pars completing a 13-hole stretch which he played at 2-under. In the second round, Kristo was 3-over through his first five holes. Three birdies, two pars and three bogeys kept him there before a pair of bogeys finished his day at 5-over.
Jordan Swanson and Riley Hayfield were the only Hornets to improve their scores from the first round to the second, Swanson shot 77-75-152 and is tied for 33rd. His first round was highlighted by birdies on Nos. 14-16 which dropped him to even. The Elk Grove, Calif., native stayed there until playing Nos. 4-6 at 6-over. His second round featured a birdie on No. 18 and five bogeys.
Hayfield bounced back from an 84 in the first round to shoot 75 in the afternoon. The junior's second round began with three pars before six consecutive bogeys. He then parred seven of his last nine holes with the exceptions being birdies on Nos. 18 and 5.
The Fresno State Classic uses a rare format where teams are able to compete six golfers and count four. However, the Hornets lost that advantage when senior Jordan Weir was forced to withdraw from the morning round due to injury.
FRESNO STATE CLASSIC
San Joaquin CC | Fresno, Calif.
Par 71 | 6,776 Yards
1. Nevada 290-294-584
T2. UC Santa Barbara 288-298-586
T2. San Francisco 290-296-586
4. BYU 300-292-592
T5. Cal Poly 293-303-596
T5. UTEP 295-301-596
7. Sacramento State 297-300-597
8. Santa Clara 292-306-598
9. Loyola Marymount 298-305-603
10. Grand Canyon 306-300-606
11. CSU Northridge 307-303-610
12. Fresno State 299-313-612
13. UC Riverside 305-308-613
14. CSU Bakersfield 317-321-638
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Camden Price, CP, 70-70-140
2. Cory McElyea, USF, 68-73-141
3. Kit Carson, NEV, 71-72-143
T4. Hunter Robinson, UCSB, 70-75-145
T4. Roberto Ruiz, UTEP, 71-74-145
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T13. Owen Taylor 74-74-148
T13. Robert Parden 71-77-148
T31. Luke Kristo 75-76-151
T33. Jordan Swanson 77-75-152
T69. Riley Hayfield 84-75-159
T84. Alex Gibbs 84-80-164*
WD. Jordan Weir
*Competed as individual