Men’s golf team breaks school scoring record in route to third place finish

Clifton Jones

The men’s golf team, led by juniors Owen Taylor and Luke Kristo, had a record breaking performance on Tuesday finishing third at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate Invitational.

Sac State’s three-round total score of 842 broke the record from last season’s 54-hole total at the Pacific Invitational in Stockton, Calif. The third round total of 277 is the second best finish by the men’s golf team in school history.

“It was great to see the guys playing their own game,” head coach Christopher Hall said. “We didn’t get off to the best start today but everyone regrouped and attacked the course. This team pushes themselves to become better everyday.”

Taylor made history for himself as the third golfer from Sac State to finish the 54-hole tournament with a score of 204, 6-under-par. The two other players to accomplish this feat are former Hornets, Ryan Williams and Jake Johnson. 

Taylor was able to rebound from a 2-over-par front nine with five birdies on the back nine to finish with a 2-under-par 68 third round and tied for third overall.

Kristo began his Hornet career with a strong start by shooting 70-71-67-208, only finishing four shots behind Taylor. Kristo’s third round was a 3-under-par with four birdies, twelve pars and only one bogey.

Kristo finished the tournament tied for eighth place with one other player.

 “Owen and Luke just played solid golf,” Hall said. “They both hit the ball well and were steady throughout the tournament.”

Four out of the five man traveling roster finished in the top-40 including senior Jordan Weir and freshman Robert Parden who finished in 22nd and tied for 34th place respectively.

Sac State will continue their season next Monday at the Ram Master’s Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo.  

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