TACOMA, Wash. — Joe Fowler shot an even-par round of 71 and Riley Bell had the best 54-hole score as the freshmen led the Sacramento State men's golf team on Tuesday at the Redhawk Invitational at Chambers Bay Golf Course.
The Hornets finished the third round with a total of 290 and concluded the tournament in 13th place. Sacramento State totaled 279-287-290-856 and were 4-over par in the event. UCLA ran away from the field for the team title. The Bruins were 37-under and finished 12 strokes ahead of Fresno State which was second. The Hornets finished second among the three Big Sky schools in the tournament. Northern Colorado shot 281 during the third round and finished at 848. Idaho had a team score of 860 to finish four strokes back of Sacramento State.
Fowler was never above par during the third round. The freshman started on the 10th hole and moved under par with birdies on the par-4 12th and 13th. He made the turn even with bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18. On the front side of the course, he birdied the par-5 first and the par-4 seventh and had bogeys on the par-3 third and ninth. Fowler tied for 69th at 71-77-71-219.
Bell shot 69-71-72-212 to tie for 31st. The 54-hole score was the best of his young collegiate by 11 strokes. Bell was even through his first 11 holes with three birdies and three bogeys over Nos. 8-18. He fell to1-under following a birdie on the first and stayed there until a double bogey on the par-4 seventh — his final hole of the day.
Josh Diaz shot 73 on Tuesday to rank third on the team. Diaz parred his first three holes but was 3-over through seven. He then birdied the par-4 16th and added a birdie on the par-3 third to move back to 1-over. Bogeys on the par-4 fourth and sixth were followed by a birdie on the par-4 seventh. Diaz also recorded his best 54-hole total as a Hornet, shooting 71-72-73-216 to tie for 55th place.
Landon Azevedo completed the team score in the third round with a 74. Azevedo birdied his first hole (No. 9) but tripled the par-4 10th. After bogeys on Nos. 13 and 16 he was 4-over par but rallied behind birdies on the par-5 18th and first. Azevedo bogeyed Nos. 3 and 7 before ending his round with a birdie on the par-5 seventh.
Jeff Carr, who led the team following the first two rounds, shot 76 on Tuesday. He finished the tournament ranked second on the team and tied for 44th overall at 68-71-76-215. Carr had 13 pars and five bogeys during the third round.
Sacramento State will return to Northern California to play in the El Macero Classic on April 12-14. The team will then close its regular season at the Big Sky Championships on April 26-28 in Boulder City, Nev.
SEATTLE UNIVERSITY REDHAWK INVITATIONAL
Chambers Bay GC | Tacoma, Wash.
Par 71 | 6,998 Yards
1. UCLA 269-268-278-815
2. Fresno State 275-266-286-827
3. Oregon State 276-276-285-837
4. Drexel 281-273-286-840
5. UT Arlington 285-274-282-841
6. Utah 287-284-271-842
7. Northern Colorado 287-280-281-848
8. UC Irvine 283-283-284-850
9. Little Rock 279-285-287-851
T10. Seattle U 291-273-288-852
T10. Cal Baptist 281-283-288-852
T10. Indiana 284-281-287-852
13. SACRAMENTO STATE 279-287-290-856
14. Seton Hall 287-280-291-858
15. Idaho 282-285-293-860
16. Gonzaga 292-286-285-863
17. Rutgers 281-288-296-865
18. Winthrop 300-297-286-883
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Hidetoshi Yoshihara, UCLA, 67-62-71-200
T2. Tanner Gore, UTA, 70-67-65-202
T2. Devon Bling, UCLA, 69-66-67-202
T2. Nolan Thoroughgood, OSU, 70-65-135
4. Alex Lee, FS, 67-68-68-203
5. Ben Hallam, CBU, 69-67-68-204
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T31. Riley Bell 69-71-72-212
T44. Jeff Carr 68-71-76-215
T55. Josh Diaz 71-72-73-216
T69. Joe Fowler 71-77-71-219
T77. Landon Azevedo 73-73-74-220