MADERA, Calif. — The six members of the Sacramento State men's golf team combined for six rounds of par or better during the first day of the Nick Watney Invitational on Monday at Dragonfly Golf Course. The Hornets are in seventh place as a team heading into Tuesday's final round.
Joe Fowler, who was competing as an individual, had the lowest total during the day for Sacramento State. Fowler is tied for 15th place at 71-72 and is 1-under par. The freshman started his morning with a birdie on the par-5 17th and added a second on the par-4 18th. He parred the next four holes and then alternated bogeys and birdies on Nos. 5-8. A birdie on the par-4 11th dropped him to 3-under before a double bogey on the par-4 14th. In the second round, Fowler began with five pars before another four-hole stretch where he traded birdies and bogeys (Nos. 4-7). He remained even following a pair of pars and then birdied the par-4 10th and 11th. However, bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13 returned him to even where he stayed for the final three holes.
Landon Azevedo and Jeff Carr each totaled 145 for the lowest mark among the team score and are tied for 24th. Azevedo recorded a 2-under round of 70 in the morning before shooting 75 in the second round. He birdied the par-4 15th to start the day and dropped to 2-under after eight pars and a birdie on the par-5 sixth. His lone bogey of the round came on No. 8 but he dropped back to 2-under with a birdie on the par-5 13th. Azevedo was 4-over through the first 11 holes of the second round with four bogeys. His first birdie came on the par-4 ninth. He closed his round with a birdie, a bogey and three pars on his final five holes.
Carr was 2-over in the first round with a birdie and three bogeys. He was 1-over through 16 holes with a birdie on the par-3 fifth and two bogeys accompanying 13 pars. He slipped to 2-over following a bogey on the par-4 14th and ended with a par on No. 15. Carr was 1-under in the second round. After bogeying two of his first four holes, he eagled the 551-yard par-5 second hole to fall back to even. A birdie on the par-4 eighth was his only non-par over the final 13 holes.
Ethan Davidson is tied for 32nd place at 72-74-146. Davidson parred his first six holes and then made his move with birdies on the par-5 second and sixth. A triple bogey on the par-4 seventh moved him back over par. He then birdied the par-4 ninth, bogeyed No. 10 and ended his round with a birdie on the par-5 13th. In the second round, he was 5-over through 10 holes with a pair of bogey and a triple bogey on the par-5 second. He rallied with birdies on the par-5 sixth and the par-4 ninth and 11th to close at 2-over.
Freshman Riley Bell shot 78-71 and is tied for 44th place. Bell had two birdies, three bogeys and two double bogeys in the first round. His second round featured a little of everything as Bell had two eagles, four birdies, three bogeys and a pair of double bogeys. He was just one of three players in the field to have two eagles during the day and both took him from 1-over to 1-under par.
Eric Olsem shot 76-74 and is tied for 47th at 6-over par. Olsem had 16 pars in the first round along with a pair of double bogeys on the par-3 fifth and 12th. He started the second round with birdies on the par-5 13th and par-4 14th. Following a bogey on No. 15, Olsem returned to 2-under with a birdie on the par-5 17th. He had four bogeys over his final 13 holes to finish at 2-over.
Nevada has three players among the top five and built an 11-stroke lead on Monday. The Wolf Pack were 24-under par as a team and were led by Joey Virzich who holds the individual lead at 12-under. BYU is second at 13-under and is followed by UC Santa Barbara at 5-under par.
The third round will start at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday. Sacramento State will be paired with Fresno State and Gonzaga in the final round.
NICK WATNEY INVITATIONAL
Madera, Calif. // Dragonfly GC
Par 72 // 7,389 Yards
1. Nevada 276-276-552
2. BYU 285-278-563
3. UC Santa Barbara 284-287-571
4. Seattle U 291-283-574
T5. UC Irvine 288-290-578
T5. Cal State Northridge 294-284-578
7. SACRAMENTO STATE 292-290-582
8. Fresno State 302-282-584
9. Gonzaga 284-304-588
11. Pacific 295-296-591
10. Cal Poly 294-301-595
12. UC Riverside 307-298-605
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Joey Vrzich, NEV, 66-66-121
2. Rhett Rasmussen, BYU, 70-66-136
T3. Sam Hamed, NEV, 72-67-139
T3. Carson Lundell, BYU, 70-69-139
T3. Greg Giofriddo, SU, 68-71-139
T3. Sam Meek, NEV, 66-73-139
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T15. Joe Fowler 71-72-143*
T24. Landon Azevedo 70-75-145
T24. Jeff Carr 74-71-145
T32. Ethan Davidson 72-74-146
T44. Riley Bell 78-71-149
T47. Eric Olsem 76-74-150
* Competing as an individual