February 28, 2011

Matadors 13th After Opening Round of USC Collegiate Invitational

Feb. 28, 2011

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge carded an opening round 297 and is in 13th place after one round of the USC Collegiate Invitational at North Ranch C.C. The second round was suspended by darkness and the 15-team field will play 24 holes on Tuesday.

The 7:30 a.m. start was delayed by two hours due to frost on the course, preventing teams from completing the planned two rounds. Action is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, but a similar delay is likely again.

Sophomore Chris Russo led the Matadors as he is tied for 23rd after an opening round of one over-par 72. Freshman Jake Katz is tied for 35th after carding a two over-par 73, senior Nick Delio is tied for 48th at (+3) 74 while Arthur Chung and Matt Siporin are tied for 70th at (+7) 78.

"We didn't play great today," said head coach Jim Bracken. "Nick probably had one of his worst ball-striking days since he's been here, he really grinded out his round today and made some incredible shots to save par.

"I'm hoping we can get it going to finish the second round then string a good final round together and pass a few teams," added Bracken. "This is a great field so I'd be happy to get in the top-10 which I think we're definitely capable of."

As a team. CSUN (+13, 297) is in 13th place but just five shots behind 10th-place Arizona State (292). UCLA (280) is in the lead after one round with a team score of (-4) 280.

- GO MATADORS -