SEASIDE, Calif. — Sophomore Owen Taylor shot a team-best 71 in the final round and Ryan Williams tied for fourth overall to highlight the Sacramento State men's golf team's performance at the Saint Mary's Invitational.
Sacramento State continued its climb up the standings, finishing in eighth place after shooting 315-290-292-897. The ranked last among the 15 schools following the first round but with the fourth lowest score over the final two rounds trailing only Saint Mary's Kentucky and Oregon.
"If we could get rid of the first round it was a good tournament for us," Sacramento State men's coach Christopher Hall said. "Through 12 holes of the second and third round we had the low score and the guys can see what they are capable of doing. Overall, it is a good building block for the rest of the year."
Host Saint Mary's claimed the team title with a three-round score of 860. Kentucky was second at 867 while Oregon (874), Fresno State (878) and Santa Clara (882) rounded out the top five.
Taylor helped the Hornets to a 4-over par team score of 292 on Tuesday at Bayonent Golf Course. He began on the ninth hole and proceeded to par his first seven holes of the day before a birdie on the par-4 16th dropped him to 1-under. Another par was followed by a bogey on the par-5 18th. Following a par on No. 1, he birdied Nos. 2 and 3 (both par 4) before bogeying the par-3 4th. Taylor ended his round with four consecutive pars. His 54-hole total of 83-75-71-229 placed him in a tie for 49th overall.
Williams had the highest overall finish on the team, tying for fourth place at 72-68-74-214. The senior opened his day with a birdie on the par-4 7th and eventually stood at 4-under through his first 10 holes with birdies on Nos. 11, 12 and 16. A double bogey on the par-3 17th and a bogey on the par-5 18th moved left him at 1-under before he earned a stroke back with a birdie on the par-4 3rd. Williams headed into his final three holes with a two stroke lead but triple bogeyed the par-3 4th after hitting his tee shot long and running his chip shot through the green. He closed his round with a bogey on the par-4 5th and a par on No. 6. The finish was the highest for Williams during his career at Sacramento State.
Jordan Weir and Eric Taylor each tied for 42nd place with a total of 228. Weir carded rounds of 79-74-75 while Taylor shot 82-73-73. On Tuesday, Taylor had four birdies, 10 pars, three bogeys and a double bogey. His 1-over par 73 ranks as his second lowest score as a Hornet. Weir began with consecutive bogeys on Nos. 8 and 9 but then played holes 10-18 at 3-under par with birdies on Nos. 10, 15 and 18 without a bogey. His final seven holes consisted of four pars, three bogeys and a double bogey.
Jordan Swanson shot 82-79-74-235 to tie for 69th place. Swanson's final round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 18th. He also had three birdies, seven pars, seven bogeys.
Ben Geyer of Saint Mary's was the medalist with a total of 75-72-65-212. San Francisco's Jabin Carlos and Scott Lowe of Santa Clara tied for second at 213.
Sacramento State will return to action Oct. 14-16 at the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio.
Saint Mary's Invitational
Bayonet GC • Seaside, Calif.
Par 72 • 7,104 Yards
1. Saint Mary's 290-285-285-860
2. Kentucky 305-282-280-867
3. Oregon 296-287-291-874
4. Fresno State 289-288-301-878
5. Santa Clara 301-287-294-882
6. Western Carolina 303-292-290-885
7. San Francisco 304-290-297-891
8. SACRAMENTO STATE 315-290-292-897
T9. UC Irvine 301-299-303-903
T9. Kansas State 313-294-296-903
11. Loyola Marymount 307-298-302-907
12. Samford 304-305-299-908
13. Cal Poly 304-307-303-914
14. Cal State Northridge 309-302-312-923
15. Florida Gulf Coast 306-315-306-927
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Ben Geyer, SMC, 75-72-65-212
T2. Jabim Carlos, USF, 70-73-70-213
T2. Scott Lowe, SCU, 72-70-71-213
T4. Ryan Williams, SAC, 72-68-74-214
T4. J.T. Poston, WCU, 76-66-72-214
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T4. Ryan Williams 72-68-74-214
T42. Jordan Weir 79-74-75-228
T42. Eric Taylor 82-73-73-228
T49. Owen Taylor 83-75-71-229
T69. Jordan Swanson 82-79-74-235