STOCKTON, Calif. — Zach Liberatore shot 71 and Eric Olsem added an even par round of 72 to help the Sacramento State men's golf team move up three spots in the standings during the second round of the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational on Friday at the The Reserve at Spanos Park. The Hornets shot 290 during the round to finish the day at 2-over par. That performance moved the team into 16th place heading into the final round and was 10 strokes better than its first round score.
Liberatore and Olsem are tied for 38th place with a two-round total of 145. Liberatore parred his first four holes on Friday and was 2-over through seven holes following bogeys on the par-4 14th and par-5 16th. His score changed directions beginning with a birdie on the par-4 17th. He continued his run with birdies on the par-5 second, par-4 third and par-5 sixth to take him to 2-under par. The senior closed his round with a bogey on the par-4 seventh and two pars.
Olsem had a team high five birdies during the day but also had five bogeys. He opened quickly with birdies on the par-4 10th and the par-5 11th. The sophomore was even at the midway point of his round with a birdie on No. 16 and bogeys on Nos. 12, 17 and 18. Olsem dropped back under par with a birdie on the par-5 second but found himself at 1-over following bogeys on Nos. 4 and 5. A birdie on the par-5 sixth was followed by three pars to end his day at even.
Devyn Fitchhorn ranked third on the team with a round of 73. Fitchhorn is tied for 64th overall at 75-73-148. The sophomore was even on his first nine holes with a birdie on the 11th and a bogey on the par-4 18th. He started the front side of the course with two pars and stayed even with a sequence of birdie-bogey-par over the next three holes. Fitchhorn's final birdie came on the par-5 sixth and was followed by consecutive bogeys to take him to 1-over.
The final score towards the team total came from Wonje Choi who shot 74. The senior was even on the back nine with birdies on the par-5 11th and par-4 18th and bogeys on the par-4 14th and 17th. He started the front nine with six consecutive pars before bogeys on the par-4 seventh and par-3 eighth. Choi is now tied for 92nd place at 79-74-153.
Senior Ash Patel dropped to a tie for 104th at 78-81-159. Patel did not have a birdie during his second round and finished with five bogeys and a pair of double bogeys.
The Hornets were also represented by two players who were competing as individuals. Jeff Carr, who led all Sacramento State golfers with a 71 on Thursday, shot 76 and is now tied for 55th. His second round feature 14 pars and four bogeys. Brandon Michaels is tied for 85th at 74-77-151. Michaels had a birdie and six bogeys on Friday.
Santa Clara and BYU remain atop the leaderboard in the team competition. The Broncos were 5-under as a team in the second round and are how 14-under for the tournament. BYU was 4-under par on Friday and are four strokes back of Santa Clara. Nevada moved into a tie for second place after leading all teams with a 6-under par score in the second round. Grand Canyon is in fourth place and seven shots off the lead while Long Beach State and South Dakota are tied for fifth.
Alex Lee of Fresno State has shot 68-67-135 to take the individual lead. Lee is one stroke ahead of Grand Canyon's Filip Lundell (65-71-136).
Sacramento State will start its third round at 9:20 on Saturday off the 10th tee. The Hornets will be paired with CSUN, Boise State and Pacific's B team.
VISIT STOCKTON PACIFIC INVITATIONAL
The Reserve at Spanos Park | Stockton, Calif.
Par 72 | 7,082 Yards
1. Santa Clara 279-283-562
T2. BYU 281-284-565
T2. Nevada 283-282-565
4. Grand Canyon 283-286-569
T5. Long Beach State 283-286-572
T5. South Dakota 285-287-572
7. Denver 282-292-574
T8. Saint Mary's 287-288-575
T8. Pacific 287-288-575
T10. UC Irvine 288-289-577
T10. San Jose State 287-290-577
12. Fresno State 289-291-580
13. Oregon State 290-291-581
14. UC Riverside 287-295-582
15. Boise State 295-292-587
16. SACRAMENTO STATE 300-290-590
T17. Seattle 290-301-591
T17. Cal State Northridge 295-296-591
19. Temple 295-303-598
20. Pacific "B" 312-302-614
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Alex Lee, FS, 68-67-135
2. Filip Lindell, GCU, 65-71-136
T3. Patrick Fishburn, BYU, 70-68-138
T3. Vinnie Murphy, GCU, 69-69-138
T3. Grant Booth, NEV, 70-68-138
T3. Tom Vining, USD, 68-70-138
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T38. Eric Olsem 73-72-145
T38. Zach Liberatore 74-71-145
T55. Jeff Carr 71-76-147*
T64. Devyn Fitchhorn 75-73-148
T85. Brandon Michaels 74-77-151*
T92. Wonje Choi 79-74-153
T104. Ash Patel 78-81-159
* Competed as an individual
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April 13, 2018 MEN'S GOLF OPENS PLAY AT EL MACERO CLASSIC
March 13, 2018 MEN'S GOLF RALLIES TO DEFEAT MENLO AT MACKENZIE MATCH PLAY
February 25, 2018 PATEL LEADS MEN'S GOLF IN OPENING DAY OF NIT
February 13, 2018 MEN'S GOLF PLACES EIGHTH AT THE FARMS INVITATIONAL
February 12, 2018 CHOI, OLSEM LEAD MEN'S GOLF IN FIRST DAY OF THE FARMS INVITATIONAL
January 29, 2018 DARKNESS HALTS SECOND ROUND OF WAVES CHALLENGE
November 15, 2017 MEN'S GOLF SIGNS RILEY BELL TO NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT
November 8, 2017 FITCHHORN NAMED BIG SKY MEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK
November 5, 2017 MEN'S GOLF CONCLUDES PLAY AT THE KA'ANAPALI COLLEGIATE CLASSIC
November 3, 2017 FITCHHORN, PATEL EACH SHOOT 70 IN OPENING ROUND OF KA'ANAPALI
September 20, 2017 PATEL, BABIC NAMED BIG SKY GOLFERS OF THE WEEK
September 19, 2017 PATEL TIES FOR 10TH AT GOLFWEEK CHALLENGE
September 18, 2017 PATEL CONTINUES HOT PLAY AT GOLFWEEK CONFERENCE CHALLENGE
September 17, 2017 MEN'S GOLF TIED FOR FIFTH AFTER FIRST ROUND OF GOLFWEEK CHALLENGE
September 12, 2017 MEN'S GOLF CONCLUDES PLAY AT SEASON OPENING TOURNAMENT
September 11, 2017 PATEL PACES TEAM IN OPENING ROUNDS OF THE SEASON