Hornet men struggled in the Husky Invitational

by Aaron Asmus

Sacramento State men’s golf struggled in Washington, coming in last place behind Seattle by 12 strokes at the Husky Invitational.

Luke Kristo, Robert Parden and Taylor Knoll were the top scorers for the Hornets and finished within three strokes of each other. They shot a total of 227, 228, and 229 respectively while finishing 45th, 48th and 50th for the tournament.

Aaron Beverly finished his tournament shooting 80-80-81-241 for 72nd place and Cody Bates carding 79-82-82-243 for 74th place.

Coach Christopher Hall is looking to better the team’s preparation in future tournaments by helping the Hornets fix their scoring problems.

“Instead of making birdies, we’re making bogies right now,” Hall said. “Hopefully we can fight through it and get ready for this weekend.”

Inconsistency plagued the Hornets throughout as no one was able to escape shooting a poor round. Parden was steady for two-thirds of the tournament, as he shot a 74 in the first round and 72 in the third round, but was 9-over-par in the second.

“When you’re a few over par it’s hard to stay patient because you want to make birdies and shoot a better score,” Parden said. “And that’s when mistakes are made that lead to the big numbers.”

Kristo recorded two rounds of 75 on Monday and followed it up with a 78 on the final day. Knoll was 2-over-par after his first round, but faltered in the next two with a 77 and 78.

Beverly and Bates struggled to put a consistent rounds together. Beverly had three birdies and five double-bogeys for the tournament and shot an 80-80-81. Bates had eight birdies and six double-bogeys while shooting a 79-82-82.

The Hornets had trouble scoring birdies and pars during all three rounds of play. They finished dead last in total pars with 136 and second to last in total birdies with 33.

Knoll believed one of the problems was the team being too aggressive with their shots.

“When we know we don’t have our best stuff, we’re trying to hit miracle shots,” Knoll said. “You just have to accept par and know it’s not going to be your best day.”

UCLA and Oregon tied for first place with overall team scores of 3-over-par. Bruin Jake Knapp finished in first with a score of 7-under-par, making him the medalist of the tournament.

Men’s golf will look to rebound on Sept. 29 at the Fresno State Classic at Sunnyside Country Club.