Feb. 24, 2009
HOUSTON, Texas - Sophomore Nick Delio fired a final-round 69 to finish fourth but a final team round of 300 kept Cal State Northridge in sixth place at the All-American Intercollegiate at Cypresswood G.C.
After an opening-round 294 to put the Matadors atop the leaderboard, Northridge struggled over the final two rounds posting team scores of 303 and 300.
"We just didn't play well," said Matador head coach Jim Bracken. "We we're pretty happy to be on top after the first round even though we didn't play all that well. We never putted well on these greens but we played four rounds here so that is no excuse."
Delio paced the Matadors with his second fourth place finish in two Spring tournaments. The sophomore from Valenica, Calif., fired Northridge's best round of the tournament with his final round 69. Delio wound up with a three round 215 (+1) which trailed individual winner Kent Bulle of Middle Tennessee (209) by eight strokes.
Junior Jeff Freund, who was 11th after two rounds, struggled to a final round 77 and tied for 19th at 224 (+8). Freund led the Matadors with an opening-round 72 but carded a second round 75 and a final round 77.
After two tough rounds (77-80), senior Erik Jarvey posted a final round two over-par 74 to move up from 59th-place into a tie for 42nd at 231 (+15). Clint Oleson's final round 80, coupled with earlier rounds of 83-72, left him tied for 56th at 235 (+19) and Casey Piper finished 61st after rounds of 73-80-84 left him at 237 (+21).
Southeastern Louisiana (874) won the team title by seven shots over Middle Tennessee (875) while Louisiana-Lafayette (883) was third, New Mexico State (888) was fourth and host Houston (893) was fifth in the 13-team field.
The Matadors have a short week to get ready for their next tournament, the UCR Braveheart Classic, which begins with a practice round on Sunday.
"We'll bounce back," said Bracken. "We know we have a good team and we've got another tournament beginning Sunday in Riverside."
- GO MATADORS -