SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's golf struggled through the opening round of the Bill Cullum Invitational but played better in the second round before darkness halted play on Monday.

The Hornets shot 313 in the morning round and were in 20th place. The team currently sits in 19th place with four of its five golfers in the clubhouse. The second round will conclude on Tuesday morning prior to the scheduled third and final round.

Sophomore Owen Taylor shot a 2-over par 74 to record the lowest score on the team in the opening round. Taylor began his day on the 12th hole and used birdies on the 17th, 18th and 2nd holes to stand at 2-under through his first 10 holes. Bogeys on Nos. 4 and 6 and a double-bogey on the par-4 5th were followed by five straight pars.

Taylor's second round began with four consecutive bogeys before a birdie on the par-3 13th. He ended the round at 81 with a total of two birdies, six pars, nine bogeys and a double bogey.

Ryan Williams shot 79 in the opening round and 76 in the afternoon. Williams was steady in the morning, recording a pair of birdies, seven pars and nine bogeys. In the afternoon, he double-bogeyed his opening hole (No. 7) but then played the next 15 holes at 2-under with birdies on Nos. 9, 2 and 3. However, back-to-back double bogeys left him at 4-over.

Freshman Aaron Beverly carded a round of 79 in the morning behind two birdies,  nine pars, four bogeys and two double bogeys. Beverly was the lone Hornet to not complete his second round. Through 15 holes, Beverly is 4-over.

Eric Taylor shot 81 in the morning and shaved seven strokes off that total in the afternoon. His first round consisted of one birdie, 10 pars, four bogeys and three double bogeys. The sophomore's afternoon round was the best on the team. He bogeyed two of his first five holes before playing the next six at 2-under with birdies on the par-5 18th and 2nd. He closed out the day with five pars and two bogeys.

Like Taylor, Jordan Swanson improved his play as the day progressed. Swanson shot 81 in the first round and 75 in the second. His opening round had 12 pars, six bogeys and a triple bogey. In the afternoon, he birdied the par-4 12th and par-5 6th, parred 11 holes and bogeyed five holes.

San Diego and Washington shared the team lead through the first round. Both teams shot 288 and were two strokes ahead of UC Santa Barbrara. Four golfers shot 69 in the morning to tie for the individual lead.

Bill Cullum Invitational
Simi Valley, Calif. • Wood Ranch Golf Club
Par 72 • 6,819 Yards

T1. San Diego 288
T1. Washington State 288
3. UC Santa Barbara 290
4. Cal State Fullerton 291
5. UC Irvine 292
6. Arizona State 294
7. Boise State 296
8. Loyola Marymount 298
T9. Cal State Northridge 300
T9. Long Beach State 300
11. Utah State 301
12. Hawaii 302
13. Weber State 303
14. Southern Utah 304
15. Cal Poly 305
16. CSU Bakersfield 306
17. UC Riverside 307
18. Seattle 309
19. Gonzaga 312
20. Sacramento State 313

T1. Grant Forrest, USD, 69
T1. Travis Russell, UCI, 69
T1. Linus Vaisanen, USD, 69
T1. Clayton Kosanovich, BSU, 69
5. Hank Frame 70

T31. Owen Taylor 74
T77. Ryan Williams 79
T77. Aaron Beverly 79
T92. Eric Taylor 81
T92. Jordan Swanson 81