April 24, 2012

Matadors Finish Seventh at Anteater Invitational, Russo Ties for Fourth

IRVINE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge was in seventh from start to finish at the Anteater Invitational as junior Chris Russo finished tied for fourth at Shady Canyon G.C. 

The 54-hole tournament was the Matadors' final tuneup before the Big West Championship which begins next Sunday, Apr. 29 at La Quinta G.C. in La Quinta, Calif. 

After rounds of 299 and 291 on Monday, Northridge carded a team round of 301 on Tuesday but couldn't move out of seventh place in the nine-team field.

Russo posted his fourth top-10 finish of the season and was the Matadors' low scorer for the sixth time in seven spring tournaments. Russo was in fourth at two under-par 140 after posting rounds of 71-69 on Monday and remained there after a final round three-over 74. Russo brings a Northridge season-best scoring average of 72.6 into the conference championship.

Jason Rosenkranz and Ryan Green were also in the top-20 after 36 holes but each struggled on Tuesday. Rosenkranz slipped from 18th to 28th after final round eight-over 79 while Green dropped from 18th to 37th after a 13-over round of 84. Rosenkranz finished the tournament with rounds of 77-71-84 to finish at (+14) 227 while Green finished in a tie with teammate Steven Molumby at (+19) 232. Green wound up posting rounds of 73-75-84 while Molumby finished at 78-79-75.

Shane Blanchard finished tied for 41st at (+22) 235 after rounds of 83-76-76 and Jared LeGrand, competing individually, finished 49th at (+36) 249 after rounds of 87-80-82.

Long Beach State won the team title with a three-round score of (+10) 862 which was eight strokes better than St. John's (870). The 49ers' Kevin Lim took home individual medalist honors and was the only golfer to finish under par at one-under 212.

- GO MATADORS - 

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