SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Fifty-four holes in two days was not enough golf for Owen Taylor as the junior fell in the second hole of a sudden death playoff on Tuesday at the UTSA/Lone Star Invitational.
Taylor shot an even-par round of 72 on Tuesday and found himself tied with New Mexico's Gavin Green with a three-round total of 210. The pair both parred the first playoff hole before Green, who's the 12th ranked played in Div. I, recorded a par and Taylor's putt lipped out.
Taylor finished the tournament at 71-67-72-210 which tied him for the eighth lowest 54-hole total in school history. He began Tuesday on the fifth hole with a birdie on the par-5 fifth and dropped to 2-under with a birdie on the par-5 seventh. Five pars were followed by a bogey on the par-5 13th but a birdie on the par-4 14th kept him at 2-under. Taylor parred the next three holes before a bogey on the par-4 18th moved him to 1-under. He concluded play with three pars and a bogey on the par-3 third.
Luke Kristo shot 76 in the final round to rank second on the team. Kristo tied for 30th overall with rounds of 72-72-76-230. The junior was 2-over through his first six holes with two bogeys and four pars. A birdie on No. 13 earned him a stroke back and a birdie (No. 17), two pars and a bogey kept him there through 12 holes. Kristo then double bogeyed the par-4 18th and bogeyed No. 1 before parring his final four holes.
Robert Parden matched Kristo's score for his best round of the tournament. Parden tied for 77th in the field at 82-77-76-235. In his final round, he was 1-over through seven holes with a birdie and a double bogey. He bogeyed three of his next four holes to move to 4-over before parring his final seven.
Cody Bates tied for 69th after shooting 78-72-77-227. Bates had the best start of anyone on the team with four birdies and five pars through his first nine holes. Things turned quickly for the freshman on his final nine holes as he had three pars, three bogeys and three double bogeys to finish at 5-over.
Jordan Swanson completed the lineup by shooting 72-81-78-231 to place 75th. Swanson bogeyed his first hole of the day (No. 8) and found was never able to get back to even. His lone birdie of the day came on his final hole (No. 7).
New Mexico maintained its first day lead to win the tournament. The 20th-ranked Lobos finished at 281-282-285-848 and withstood a charged from No. 25 Baylor (283-290-281-854). Southeastern Louisiana finished third with a tootle of 863.
Sacramento State will next compete at the UCSB Invitational in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Apr. 14-15.
UTSA/LONE STAR INVITATIONAL
Briggs Ranch GC | San Antonio, Texas
Par 72 | 7,247 Yards
1. #20 New Mexico 281-282-285-848
2. #25 Baylor 283-290-281-854
3. Southeastern Louisiana 288-285-290-863
4. Purdue 292-280-293-865
T5. Houston Baptist 296-296-274-866
T5. North Texas 292-291-283-866
7. Rice 283-292-295-870
8. UTSA 288-295-291-874
9. Central Arkansas 295-288-296-879
10. UT Arlington 296-292-293-881
11. SACRAMENTO STATE 293-288-301-882
12. Texas State 299-288-297-884
13. Notre Dame 302-284-300-886
14. Louisiana Tech 298-285-305-888
15. South Dakota State 302-302-306-910
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Gavin Green, UNM, 71-73-66-210
2. Owen Taylor, SAC, 71-67-72-210
T3. Grady Brame, SELA, 67-71-73-211
T3. Niclas Mansson, BAY, 68-71-72-211
T3. Sean Romero, UNM, 74-68-69-211
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
2. Owen Taylor 71-67-72-210
T30. Luke Kristo 72-72-76-220
T69. Cody Bates 78-72-77-227
75. Jordan Swanson 72-81-78-231
T77. Robert Parden 82-77-76-235