Hornets earn second-place tie at men’s golf’s El Macero Classic

Aaron Asmus

After a rough outing in Texas at the Lone Star Invitational a couple weeks back, the Sacramento State men’s golf team regained their consistency at the El Macero Classic and finished tied for second.

A common theme for the Hornets during the spring season has been the team’s ability to get contributions from everyone in the lineup. At El Macero, a different Hornet had the lowest score in each individual round.

The Hornets were tied for fifth after the first round of the tournament and were led by a 3-under-par 69 performance by junior Taylor Knoll.

The second round of the tournament was a significant turnaround for Sac State as they shot 6-under-par as a team, five strokes better than tournament-leading UC Davis. For round two, senior Riley Hayfield lead the team with a 69, tying his lowest individual score for the season.

The final round saw sophomore Aaron Beverly shoot the lowest score of 72. The team finished the tournament shooting 295-282-298-875 overall.

Knoll continued his excellent play during the spring semester and finished tied for second by shooting 69-70-95-214. The performance at El Macero is the second top two finish for Knoll in the past five tournaments.

Hayfield finished tied for 12th overall, by far the best finish of the season for him. He shot a 78-69-74-221 for the tournament.

Beverly finished with the third best score for the Hornets and tied 16th overall for the tournament by shooting 75-75-72-222. He significantly improved from his performance at the Lone Star Invitational, where he shot a 230 score and finished tied for 81st.

Robert Parden and Luke Kristo rounded out the roster for the Hornets and finished tied for 24th and tied for 30th, respectively. Parden shot 76-71-77-224, while Kristo shot 75-72-78-225 for the tournament.

Sac State also had two golfers, Zach Liberatore and Cody Bates, compete in the tournament as individuals. Liberatore finished tied for 24th by shooting 74-71-79-224, while Bates finished tied for 30th by shooting 72-80-77-229 for the tournament.

This was the final tournament for the Hornets before the Big Sky Conference Men’s Golf Championship on April 27 at Greenhorn Creek Golf Club in Angels Camp, California.