Kristo, Hornets’ men’s golf take first place in Sac State Invitational

Aaron Asmus

Senior Luke Kristo shot low rounds and carried the Hornets’ men’s golf team to a first place victory in the Sacramento State Invitational at Valley Hi Country Club on Tuesday. The senior was the medalist for the tournament.

The Hornets comfortably won this tournament by 13 strokes by being 10-under par and 13 strokes better than second place University of Pacific.

The 2015 men’s golf roster continued to put their name in the Sac State record books in some way seemingly every tournament. Their 280 round three score is tied for ninth lowest in school history and their 54-hole score of 854 score is sixth lowest in school history.

Kristo overtook sophomore Robert Parden, the day one leader, to win the tournament on the back of a 6-under par score in round three. His score of 66 put his name in the Sac State record books tying for the sixth lowest individual round in school history. Kristo’s 54-hole score of 208 also ties his previous career-best and is tied for fourth lowest in school history.

Joining Kristo in the top 10 was Parden and sophomore Aaron Beverly. Parden by far had his best showing of the season, finishing in third place after shooting a 67-71-73-211 for the tournament.

Beverly tied for seventh and carded rounds of 74-71-73-218. It’s his fourth straight finish in the top 10 this season.

Junior Taylor Knoll, who has been a major contributor to the men’s success this season, had a rough first day and was tied for 63rd after the first two rounds. He rallied strong in the three and ended up finishing tied for 26th after shooting 79-76-68-223.

Senior Riley Hayfield rounded out the roster and finished tied for 28th place. He shot 73-78-73-224 for the tournament.

Sac State also had sophomore Cody Bates and Zach Liberatore compete as individuals in the tournament. Bates finished tied for 60th after shooting 73-76-81-230 and Liberatore came in 60th place with rounds of 77-78-75-230.

The Hornets will continue their season on March 23 at the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.