ANGELS CAMP, Calif. — Luke Kristo shot 73 to lead the Sacramento State men's golf team during the second round of the America Sky Championship on Saturday at the Greenhorn Creek Resort. Kristo's efforts moved him into a tie for second place while the Hornets fell to third and have seen their tournament championship hopes all but dashed.
Sacramento State shot 301 as a team during the second round and now has a total of 606 heading into the third round on Sunday. Northern Colorado added to its first round lead with a tournament low of 288 during the second round. The Bears have totaled 584 and lead Hartford by 19 strokes and the Hornets by 22.
Kristo had a slow start to his round on Saturday but surged on the back nine. The junior bogeyed three of his first five holes before a birdie on the par-3 sixth. Two pars and a bogey left him at 3-over at the turn. Just three holes later, Kristo was even after birdies on the par-5 10th and the par-4 11th and 12th. A par on No. 13 kept him there before he bogeyed Nos. 14 and 15. Kristo closed his day with a birdie on the par-5 18th to finish at 1-over par.
Cody Bates is tied for 13th at 79-74-153. Bates parred his first seven holes and 10 of his first 11. A bogey on the par-3 eighth placed him at 1-over until he birdied No. 12. A double bogey on the par-4 14th came before a pair of pars, a birdie on the par-4 16th and a bogey on No. 18.
Freshman Robert Parden ranked third on the team on the team during the second round with a total of 76. Parden is tied for 18th overall at 80-76-156. On Saturday, Parden played the front nine at 4-over par with a birdie, four pars, three bogeys and a double bogey. He was even over his final nine holes with birdies on Nos. 14 and 18 to go along with five pars and two bogeys.
Like Parden, Jordan Weir placed himself in a big hole to start his second round. Weir actually started strong with birdies on the par-4 first and par-5 fourth to move to 2-under. He then played holes 5-8 at 8-over with two bogeys, a triple bogey and a quadruple bogey. The senior was 1-under on the back nine with the help of an eagle on the 485-yard par-5 18th. Weir is now tied for 16th at 7-78-155.
Owen Taylor endured his roughest round of the year and is now tied for 16th at 73-82-155. Taylor parred his first five holes before a double bogey on the par-3 sixth. Bogeys on Nos. 8 and 10 moved him to 4-over through 12 holes. The junior double bogeyed the par-3 13th and bogeyed four of his last five holes.
In a stark contrast to the first round, the Hornets were 18-over on the front nine and just 5-over on the back nine on Saturday.
The final round will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning. The Hornets will be paired with Northern Colorado and Hartford for the third straight round.
AMERICA SKY CHAMPIONSHIP
Angels Camp, Calif. | Greenhorn Creek Resort
Par 72 | 6,749 Yards
1. Northern Colorado 296-288-584
2. Hartford 305-298-603
3. Sacramento State 305-301-606
4. Southern Utah 314-302-616
5. Bighamton 317-301-618
6. Weber State 322-309-631
7. North Dakota 340-314-654
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Ben Krueger, UNC, 73-71-144
2. Steven Kupcho, UNC, 72-74-146
T3. Bryce Edmister, BING, 75-72-147
T3. Julian Woodfork, UNC, 73-74-147
5. Dan Yustin, HART, 77-71-148
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T6. Luke Kristo 76-73-149
T13. Cody Bates 79-74-153
T16. Owen Taylor 73-82-155
T16. Jordan Weir 77-78-155
T18. Robert Parden 80-76-156