SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Owen Taylor shot rounds of 71 and 67 and is tied for third place after the first day of the UTSA/Lone Star Invitational on Monday at the Briggs Ranch Golf Course.
Taylor was one of three Hornets to shoot par or better during the second round and helped Sacramento State move into sixth place heading into Tuesday's final round. The Hornets shot 293-288-581 during the opening day and are 22 shots off the pace of 20th-ranked New Mexico which blistered the course at 281-282-563. The remainder of the top five includes Purdue (292-280-572), Southeastern Louisiana (288-285-573), No. 25 Baylor (283-290-573) and Rice (283-292-575).
Taylor is one of two golfers tied for third place at 6-under par. The par are chasing New Mexico Victor Perez and Louisiana Tech's Travis Wilmore who are each 7-under. Taylor began his first round on the 10th hole and was 1-under at the midway point with two birdies and a bogey. He began the front side with three pars before birdying the par-4 fourth. A double bogey on the par-5 fifth returned him to even before he birdied the par-4 sixth. In the second round, he opened with a bogey on 10 and a birdie on the par-5 11th. Two more birdies on Nos. 15 and 17 took him to 2-under after nine holes. He closed his round with birdies on Nos. 3, 5 and 7 to give him his career low at Sacramento State and tie for the 10th lowest in program history.
Luke Kristo is tied for 19th place after two rounds of 72. Kristo's first round saw him get off to a great start where he had three birdies and five pars over his first seven holes (Nos. 11-17). He eventually returned to even after a double bogey on the par-4 sixth. A birdie and bogey on Nos. 7 and 8 left him even for the remainder of the round. The junior had two birdies and two bogeys over his first five holes of the second round before birdying the par-4 18th to make him 1-under. Eight pars were followed by a double bogey on the par-4 ninth and birdie on the par-4 10th.
Cody Bates also shot par in the second round and is tied for 57th overall. Bates shot 78 in the morning with two birdies, five bogeys and a triple bogey. His second round featured a birdie on the par-4 14th, 16 pars and a bogey on the par-4 fourth.
The team also counted an even-par round from Jordan Swanson in the morning and a 77 from Robert Parden in the afternoon.
UTSA/LONE STAR INVITATIONAL
Briggs Ranch GC | San Antonio, Texas
Par 72 | 7,247 Yards
1. #20 New Mexico 281-292-563
2. Purdue 292-280-572
T3. Southeastern Louisiana 288-285-573
T3. #25 Baylor 283-290-573
5. Rice 283-292-575
6. SACRAMENTO STATE 293-288-581
T7. North Texas 292-291-583
T7. UTSA 288-295-583
T7. Louisiana Tech 298-285-583
T7. Central Arkansas 295-288-583
11. Notre Dame 302-284-586
12. Texas State 299-288-587
13. UT Arlington 296-296-592
14. Houston Baptist 296-296-592
15. South Dakota State 302-302-604
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
T1. Victor Perez, UNM, 67-70-137
T1. Travis Wilmore, LT, 68-69-137
T3. Owen Taylor, SAC, 71-67-138
T3. Grady Brame, SELA, 67-71-138
T5. Pep Angles, UCA, 72-67-139
T5. Niclas Mansson, BAY, 68-71-139
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T3. Owen Taylor 71-67-138
T19. Luke Kristo 72-72-144
T57. Cody Bates 78-72-150
72. Jordan Swanson 72-81-153
T82. Robert Parden 82-77-159