Men’s golf finishes in three-way tie for third after strong third round

Aaron Asmus

Sacramento State moved up three places in the standings on Tuesday to finish in a three-way tie for third place after shooting an overall score of 851 at the Del Walker Intercollegiate in Long Beach, California.

The team broke into the top 10 of Sac State golf records once again after posting the second lowest 54-hole score of 851 and tied the fifth lowest individual round score of 278 in school history. That effort matched their Barona Cup 54-hole result.

The Hornets’ day three score of 278 was tied for the second best on the day and was 12 strokes better than their first round score of 290. The team’s performance is continuing a trend they’re establishing this season of finishing tournaments with their best play.

Sophomore Aaron Beverly and junior Taylor Knoll continued their excellent start to the season as they anchored the Hornets again by both finishing in the top 10 on the individual leaderboard.

Beverly got off to a strong start for the third tournament in a row and finished day one tied for fifth place by shooting even par. He finished the tournament shooting a 69-71-70-210 overall and tied for sixth place.

Beverly’s performance got him into the Sac State record books as his 54-hole score of 210 is tied for 8th lowest in program history. His score was the lowest by a Hornet golfer since March 24, 2014, when Owen Taylor shot a 210 at UTSA/Lone Star Invitational.

Knoll finished one stroke back of Beverly by shooting 72-70-69-211 overall and tied for eighth for the tournament. The 211 is his lowest score since joining Sac State.

Senior Riley Hayfield finished with the third best score for the men by shooting a 215, his best score of the season. He shot a 74-72-69-215 and finished tied for 22nd place.

Senior Luke Kristo continued the trend of Sac State golfers improving as the tournament went on and shot a lower score in each consecutive round. He shot a 75-71-70-216 for the tournament and finished tied for 27th place.

Sophomore Robert Parden rounded out the Hornets’ roster and tied for 40th place. He shot a 76-71-73-220 overall for the tournament.

The Hornets will continue their season when hosting their own tournament, the Sacramento State Invitational, on March 9.