Men’s golf places 10th in first tournament of the season

by Aaron Asmus

Sacramento State men’s golf team finished 10th out of 15 teams at the Ram Masters Invitational on Sept. 16.

In individual play the Hornets finished in the top 50 of the tournament. The squad did not have a player finish in the top 20.

Coach Hall saw was impressed with the quality of shots his team hit over the course of the tournament.

“Our scores did not reflect how well we were striking the golf ball,” Hall said. “ From what I saw, there were a lot positives and a lot of success for the future.”

Senior Luke Kristo lead the way for Sac State, shooting a 72-72-76-220 score and tied for 28th place. Kristo was tied for ninth with four other players coming into Tuesday’s final round.

“ Everyone felt pretty good going into the tournament, but the first tournament is always about knocking the rust off,” Kristo said. “ It was nice to get back into competition.”

Junior Taylor Knoll and sophomore Robert Parden were right behind Kristo in the standings, carding a 74 and 73 respectively. Parden, the team’s No. 1 seed, lead the Hornets Tuesday and improved on his Monday rounds by one stroke. Both players finished with a 221 total score and tied for 30th.

Knoll echoed his Coach’s sentiments about the team hitting the ball extremely well, but needing to clean up the little mistakes to improve the team scores. Knoll also had the added pressure of this being his first collegiate tournament since transferring from Nevada over a year ago.

“Everyone hit it good,” Knoll said. “We were just making mental mistakes that we can’t afford to make in these tournaments. We just have to think more out there and be patient.”

Sophomore Aaron Beverly had an eagle on the first hole, but lost ground when he bogeyed on Nos. 2, 4 and 9 and a double bogey on 6. He finished the tournament with a 75-73-75-223 score and tied for 42nd place.

Cody Bates, sophomore, had three birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 16 for his Tuesday round, but they were not enough as he also shot two double bogeys and five bogeys on the day. He shot a 76 on Tuesday and tied for 50th place in the tournament.

The host school, Colorado State, never relinquished its day one lead and won the tournament by four strokes. They were led by Cameron Harrell, the team’s No. 1 seed, who placed fourth in the tournament by shooting a 212.

Men’s golf continues its season Sept. 22 at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational at Gold Mountain Country Club.