Men’s golf finishes fifth in El Macero Classic

State Hornet Staff

Led by junior Owen Taylor, the Sacramento State men’s golf team finished the El Macero Classic in fifth place on Sunday.

The Hornets had a firm grasp of third place until their consistent play changed for the worse, as they shot a third round score of 303, their second highest score through 33 rounds of golf this season.

Taylor continued his strong play, finishing the tournament tied for sixth place. It was the seventh straight tournament where Taylor finished in the top 15. After starting the tournament rocky, with six bogeys on his first nine holes, he regained his composure shooting a 4-under 68 in the second round. He finished the tournament with a 1-over 73 for a share of sixth.

Freshman Robert Parden also had a strong showing for the Hornets. Parden was sitting at a 1-over par through two rounds, but finished the third round at 5-over to give him a share of 13th place.

Junior Luke Kristo returned to action after not playing in the Lone Star Invitational. Kristo, like most of the team, let the third round get away from him. After shooting 3-over par through two rounds of golf, Kristo shot a 7-over 79 to end his tournament tied for 27th place.

Senior Jordan Weir played differently than his teammates. After beginning the tournament with a 7-over par, he gradually made lower scores. Weir shot a 4-over in the second round and a 2-over par in the third to end the tournament in a tie for 41st place.

UC Davis, the host of the tournament, won by shooting 856 as a team. The next closest team was CSU Fullerton, shooting an 872.

The Hornets will now prepare for the America Sky Championships starting Friday and finishing up play on Sunday in Angels Camp, Calif.