BEVERLY SHOOTS 66 TO LEAD MEN'S GOLF AT THE PRO COMPRESSION INVITATIONAL

BEVERLY SHOOTS 66 TO LEAD MEN'S GOLF AT THE PRO COMPRESSION INVITATIONAL

RANCHO SANTE FE, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's golf team was scheduled to begin the spring portion of its season with the first two rounds of the PRO Compression Invitational on Monday at The Farms Golf Club. However, the sun was not quite in spring mode and play was halted late in the second round due to darkness.

Aaron Beverly started the tournament much like he ended the fall, shooting 66 (6-under par) in the first round to tie for third place. Beverly is 1-over through 16 holes in the second round and is currently tied for third heading into Tuesday. In the first round, the senior started with consecutive birdies on the the par-4 11th and par-5 12th. After three pars, his lone bogey came on the par-4 16th. From there, he played the next six holes at 1-under par with one birdie and five pars. He closed strong with four birdies and two pars over his final six holes. The 66 is tied for the second best round of Beverly's career, trailing only his round of 64 at last year's Sacramento State Invitational.

In the second round, Beverly parred No. 11 and bogeyed No. 12. A birdie on the par-3 14th moved him to even and he remained there until a birdie on the par-4 first. However, Beverly jumped to 2-over with three bogeys and three pars over his next six holes. He earned a stroke back with a birdie on the par-4 eighth and will play Nos. 9 and 10 in the morning.

Sacramento State was tied for seventh after the first round but currently finds itself tied for ninth place. The Hornets shot 297 in the opening round to stand at 11-over. They are 14-over in the second round with two players complete and three remaining on the course with two holes left.

UC Santa Barbara has opened up a 15-stroke lead behind the play of Zach Smith and Brett Bennett. The pair shot 66 and 68, respectively in the first round and Smith is 4-under in the second round through 16 holes. The Gauchos were 9-under as a team in the morning and are 6-under in the second round. Wichita State is even and in second place while Loyola Marymount is 2-over and alone in third place.

Robert Parden ranks second on the team and is tied for 27th at 5-over. Parden shot 76 in the opening round but is tied with Beverly at 1-over during the second round. In the second round, Parden opened with back-to-back birdies on the par-5 12th and par-4 13th. He was 1-over par just four holes later with a bogey on the par-4 15th and a double bogey on the par-4 17th. Three straight pars were followed by consecutive bogeys on Nos. 3 and 4. From there, Parden was 2-under over his final five holes with birdies on the par-4 sixth and par-5 ninth. Parden's first round had three birdies, three bogeys and a pair of double bogeys.

Cody Bates shot 75 in the first round for the second best score on the team. Bates started with a bogey on No. 13 but quickly moved to red numbers with birdies on the par-3 14th and 16th. He was back to 1-over with bogeys on Nos. 2 and 4 but was even with two birdies, a par and a bogey on his next four holes. Bates closed the round with a bogey on No. 10, a double bogey on the par-4 11th and a par on No. 12. The senior was one of two Hornets to complete the second round. He finished at 5-over with three birdies, six bogeys and a double bogey.

Landon Azevedo shot 80 in the opening round and is 7-over in the second round. Azevedo, who did not compete during the fall, bogeyed his first two holes but reached the midway point of his round at 1-over with six pars and a birdie on the par-4 sixth. He was 7-over par on his final nine holes with a birdie, four bogeys and two double bogeys. Through the first 16 holes of his second round, he has a birdie, six bogeys and a double bogey.

Zach Liberatore completed the lineup with rounds of 80 and 84. Liberatore had two birdies in the first round along with six bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey. His second round was comprised of 10 pars, six bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey.

PRO COMPRESSION INVITATIONAL
Rancho Sante Fe, Calif. | The Farms GC
Par 72 | 6,947 Yards

TEAM STANDINGS
1. UC Santa Barbara 279
T2. Wichita State 286
T2. Loyola Marymount 286
T4. Cal Poly 295
T4. Boise State 295
6. Western Carolina
T7. SACRAMENTO STATE 297
T7. Seattle 297
9. UC Irvine 300
10. San Diego 302
11. UC Riverside 306
12. Idaho 318

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Yannick Emmert, WSU, 63
2. Brian Humphreys, BSU, 65
T3. Aaron Beverly, SAC, 66
T3. Zach Smith, UCSB, 66
5. Grady Smith, CP, 67

SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T3. Aaron Beverly 66
T26. Cody Bates 75
T33. Robert Parden 76
55. Landon Azevedo 80
T56. Zach Liberatore 81