LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — Senior Ryan Williams and sophomore Owen Taylor led Sacramento State in the first and second rounds, respectively, of the Anteater Invitational on Monday.
Williams shot 2-under par 70 to rank second overall in the morning before shooting 75 in the second round. The senior is tied for third place and is two strokes off the lead of Long Beach State's Daniel Chian heading into Tuesday's final round. Taylor followed an opening round of 78 with a 1-over 73 and is tied for 18th.
Williams was 1-under par at the midway point of the first round. He birdied the par-4 fourth, the par-4 seventh and the par-4 ninth to go along with a double bogey on the par-3 fifth. On the back side of the course, he parred six of the first seven holes and also had a birdie on the par-4 12th. A bogey on the par-3 17th was followed by a birdie on the par-4 18th.
In the second round, the Clovis, Calif., native was again plagued by the par-3 holes, finishing the four at 4-over par. He opened the round with a birdie on the par-4 first before parring the next three. A bogey on No. 4 was evened by a birdie on the par-5 sixth. A bogey on the par-3 eighth returned him to even at the turn. He remained there until a bogey on the par-5 12th. Four more pars came before a double bogey on No. 17.
Taylor's day began slowly as he was 4-over through his first nine holes after recording one birdie, three pars, three bogeys and a double bogey. He was 12-under through his first seven holes on the back side but ended with a bogey on No. 17 and a triple bogey on No. 18. In his second round, Taylor parred 12 of his first 13 holes with the exception being a bogey on No. 3. He jumped to 2-over with a bogey on the par-3 14th but eagled the 16th to return to even. A bogey on No. 17 and a par on No. 18 ended his round.
Jordan Swanson is tied for 22nd with rounds of 75 and 77. Swanson's morning round consisted of three birdies, 10 pars, four bogeys and a double bogey. His second round started by bogeying four of the five holes but from that point he was 1-over par over his final 13 holes.
Jordan Weir is in 34th place after shooting 80-74-154. Weir's first nine holes left him at 8-over par before he played the back nine even. He added nine pars to start the second round and had a birdie, four pars and three bogeys on the back nine.
Freshman Aaron Beverly carded rounds of 82 and 76 and is tied for 49th. Beverly had 11 pars, six bogeys and a quadruple bogey in the first round. He followed with two birdies, 10 pars and six bogeys in the second round.
Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton are tied for the team lead with each team shooting 593. Host UC Irvine is third at 597 while the Hornets are fourth at 601.
El Niguel CC | Laguna Niguel, Calif.
T1. Cal State Fullerton 297-296-593
T1. Long Beach State 288-305-593
3. UC Irvine 296-301-597
4. SACRAMENTO STATE 303-298-601
5. Santa Clara 309-297-606
6. Loyola Marymount 296-311-607
7. UC Santa Barbara 307-305-612
8. Colorado 305-309-614
9. Cal State Northridge 311-306-616
10. St. John's 316-303-619
11. Brown 323-312-635
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Daniel Chian, LBSU, 69-74-143
2. Travis Russell, UCI, 74-70-144
T3. Ryan Williams, SAC, 70-75-145
T3. Connor Campbell 70-75-145
T5. Martin Keskari, SCU, 71-76-146
T5. Jonathan Garrick, UCLA, 76-70-146
T5. Philip Chian, LBSU, 72-74-146
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T3. Ryan Williams 70-75-145
T17. Owen Taylor 78-73-151
T22. Jordan Swanson 75-77-152
34. Jordan Weir 80-74-154
T49. Aaron Beverly 82-76-158