COSTA MESA, Calif. — Sacramento State tied for the lowest team score in the third round and finished tied for second place at the Anteater Invitational on Tuesday at the Mesa Verde Country Club.
The Hornets shot 292 (4-over) during the third round and were able to draw even with UC Irvine for second place with a total of 873. Long Beach State maintained its first day lead to win at 289-286-294-869.
"We played the golf we should be playing," Sacramento State head coach Christopher Hall said. "We were a little competition rusty since this is our first tournament since October and it showed in the first two rounds. Overall, I think its a good way to start the season and should kick the guys into gear."
The Hornets started strong as four of the five birdied the par-5 first hole. One of those was Kristo who returned to even with a bogey on the par-3 third. After four pars, he birdied the par-4 eighth and eventually stood at 3-under with birdies on the par-3 12th and par-5 13th. A double-bogey on the par-3 16th brought him back to even where he ended the day.
Taylor was also 1-under after the first hole but stood at 3-over at the turn following a string of three consecutive bogeys (Nos. 8-10). He then pieced together birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 and was even following a birdie on No. 16. The junior ended his round with a bogey on the par-4 17th and a par.
Jordan Weir shot 73 in the final round and finished the tournament in 14th place (76-71-73-220). On the front nine of the third round, Weir birdied the first, had a double bogey on No. 3 and bogeyed the par-4 sixth to leave him at 2-over at the turn. He was the only Hornet to birdie the par-4 10th hole during the day and parred seven of the last eight holes with the exception being the par-14 14th.
Cody Bates and Riley Hayfield both shot 77 with one score counting towards the team total. Bates' round included two birdies, 10 pars, four bogeys and two double bogeys. His 54-hole total of 72-75-77-224 tied him for 23rd place. Hayfield birdied his first two holes but added six bogeys and a double bogey on the 18th. Overall, he finished in 39th place.
UC Irvine's Peter Fernandez was the medalist after shooting 67-72-71-210. Fernandez finished two strokes ahead of first day leader Kevin Lee of Long Beach State and Kyle Sauer of Cal State Northridge.
Sacramento State will next compete at the Folino Invitational on Feb. 17-18 in Industry Hills, Calif.
Costa Mesa, Calif. | Mesa Verde CC
Par 71 | 6,803 Yards
1. Long Beach State 289-286-294-869
T2. SACRAMENTO STATE 288-293-292-873
T2. UC Irvine 289-290-294
4. Cal State Northridge 287-300-292-879
5. UC Santa Barbara 295-290-296-881
6. Grand Canyon 302-288-301-891
7. Fresno State 302-295-296-893
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Pete Fernandez, UCI, 67-72-71-210
T2. Kevin Lee, LBSU, 68-70-74-212
T2. Kyle Sauer, CSUN, 69-72-71-212
T4. Owen Taylor, SAC, 71-71-72-214
T4. Glen Scher, UCSB, 73-69-72-214
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T4. Owen Taylor 71-71-72-214
6. Luke Kristo 69-76-70-215
14. Jodan Weir 76-71-73-220
T23. Cody Bates 72-75-77-224
39. Riley Hayfield 79-77-77-233