MEN'S GOLF EXTENDS LEAD TO 29 STROKES AT AMERICA SKY CHAMPIONSHIP
Jordan Weir shot 70 to lead the Hornets in the second round of the America Sky Championship.
NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. —Jordan Weir tied for the best round of the day and Cameron Rappleye maintained his individual lead as Sacramento State continued to pull away from the field at the America Sky Championship on Monday at Lake of Isles Golf Course.
The Hornets totaled a 2-under par 286 during the second round and now lead by 29 strokes heading into the final round on Tuesday. The winner of the America Sky Championship will earn an automatic berth to an NCAA Regional.
"This has been a real dominant performance. Its hard to single one person out because we've had strong play from 1-5," Sacramento State Director of Golf David Sutherland. "This is a veteran team that knows what's at stake and what to do."
Individually, Rappleye recorded his second round of 71 and holds a two stroke lead over teammates Jordan Weir and Ryan Williams. In the second round, Rappleye recorded birdies on Nos. 3, 4 and 7 to stand at 3-under through seven holes. A bogey on No. 8 was followed by two pars, a birdie on the par-3 11th and four more pars. Rappleye ended his round with bogeys on Nos. 15 and 18 and pars.
Weir played a big part in the team's early charge playing the front nine at 3-under and eventually going to 5-under through 14 holes. The sophomore began the day with birdies on Nos. 3, 6 and 9, added three pars and then birdied Nos. 13 and 14 (both par 4). He then had three consecutive bogeys before ending his round with a par on 18.
Williams added his second round of even par to tie Weir for second place. He played the front nine at 2-under despite having just one par to accompany three bogeys and birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 5, 8 and 9. Four bogeys on the first five holes on the back nine moved him to 2-over through 14 holes before he alternated birdies and pars for the final four holes.
Senior Jake Johnson added a 73 to the team score for the second consecutive round. Johnson birdied two of the first three holes and later birdied the par-4 6th and the 9th. However, he was slowed by a bogey on four and triple-bogey on the par-3 7th to make the turn at even par. On the back, Johnson was the most consistent member of the team, parring six of the nine holes with exceptions being a birdie on the par-5 12th and bogeys on Nos. 11 and 13. His 36-hole total of 146 places him in a three-way tie for fourth place.
Senior Grant Rappleye shot 76 and is tied for 17th place with a 36-hole total of 154.
Houston Baptist is in second place with a two-round total of 605. The Huskies are one stroke ahed of Hartford. Utah Valley's Mason Caper and Brayden Eriksen are tied for fourth in the individual standings with Johnson at 146.
Chicago State's Josh Worely had the highlight of the day, acing the par-3 11th.
AMERICA SKY CHAMPIONSHIP
Lake of Isles GC • North Stonington, Conn.
Par 72 • 6,928 yards
TEAM STANDINGS 1. Sacramento State 290-286-576
2. Houston Baptist 307-298-605
3. Hartford 310-296-606
4. Utah Valley 314-301-615
T5. Seattle 314-312-626
T5. Texas-Pan American 320-306-626
T7. Northern Colorado 319-308-627
T7. Weber State 319-308-627
9. Binghamton 313-315-628
10. CSU Bakersfield 326-307-633
11. North Dakota 320-315-635
12. Chicago State 350-357-707