Men’s golf finishes second at American Sky Championship

State Hornet Staff

The Sacramento State men’s golf season came to an end with a second place finish at the America Sky Championship on Sunday afternoon at Angels Camp, Calif.

The Hornets began the tournament strong, sitting in a tie for second with Hartford, but the lead Northern Colorado gained on day two was too much to battle back from.

Northern Colorado shot an impressive 288 on day two, 10 strokes better than Hartford and 13 strokes better than Sac State, all but ending the Hornets season.

The tournament marked the first time all year that the team had all members of the team finish in the top-20 in scoring. Unfortunately, it was not enough to knock off Northern Colorado who will be going on to the NCAA Tournament.

Senior Jordan Weir was the top scorer for the Hornets, and the first time that someone other than junior Owen Taylor has taken the spotlight since March 4th at the Sacramento State Invitational, in which the two shared 12th place.

Weir finished in seventh place, battling back from 11-over par through the first two rounds, and shot a 1-under 71 on day 3.

Freshman Robert Parden stepped up for the Hornets, shooting even-par in the third round, including an eagle on the last hole of the day.

Taylor continued his streak of top-15 finishes, a mark that has been established dating back to Oct. 22 at the Bill Cullum Invitational. Even more impressive, Taylor shot 10-over par on round two, and was able to still keep his streak intact.

Junior Luke Kristo was on the verge of his first top-10 finish since January, but he shot 8-over par on the third round, including a double and triple bogey, which gave him a share of 14th place with Taylor. Freshman Cody Bates rounded out play for Sac State, finishing in a tie for 17th place. Bates was unable to rebound from rounds one and three, in which he shot 79 and 78, respectively.

With Taylor’s success this season, it is no surprise that he will be jumping into the Hornet record books. He beat Ryan Williams 2012-13 scoring record of 72.69 by nearly a stroke. Before the America Sky Championship, Taylor’s average was 71.55, and after the season he will sit at a 71.92, breaking Williams record.

The Hornets will keep the majority of the team next year, with seniors Weir and Jordan Swanson moving on. With the success Sac State has enjoyed this season, there is a lot of hope for next year when the team moves to the Big Sky Conference.