October 6, 2009

Final Round 302 Keeps Matadors in Second Place at Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate

Oct. 6, 2009

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PALM DESERT, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge men's golf team carded a final round 302 and held on to second place after the final round of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at The Classic Club.

The Matadors, who trailed Santa Clara (872) by just two shots after two rounds on Monday, finished two shots behind the Broncos on Tuesday and were four shots back for the tournament. Santa Clara finished with a final round 300 to take the team title in the 16-team field.

Northridge finished at (+12) 876 with rounds of 291-283-302.

"We didn't play real well today," said Head Coach Jim Bracken. "But I can't complain we still came in second, it's a big improvement over last week.

"The course played tougher today, we blew a lot of shots on the par fives and we made some mental mistakes with our course management. But overall it was a good tournament."

Individually, junior Davis Kirkland posted Northridge's best finish in 2009 as he placed third. Kirkland, who was tied for second with teammate Nick Delio after two rounds, carded a final round 74 to finish at three-under 213. Kirkland posted rounds of 73-66-74.

Delio, who already has one top-20 finish in the Fall, struggled to a 78 on Tuesday to drop from second to ninth at (+1) 217. Delio finished the tournament with rounds of 70-69-78. Senior Casey Piper finished tied for 30th at (+8) 224 after rounds of 73-75-76, senior Jeff Freund finished tied for 43rd in his first tournament of the season. Freund finished at (+10) 226 after rounds of 75-73-78. Jason Rosenkranz rounded out the Matador scoring as he finished tied for 61st at (+15) 231 after rounds of 81-76-74.

Chris Russo and Arthur Chung both competed as individuals with Russo (74-77-73) finishing tied for 30th at (+8) 224 and Chung (82-81-80) finishing 90th at (+27) 243.

"Davis had a real good tournament," said Bracken. "He was third which is our best individual finish of the fall.

"Jason bounced back with a 74 but it was pretty much a team effort today," added Bracken. "Chris had a good tournament overall and gained some good tournament experience."

The Matadors will be off for two weeks before they tee it back up at the Del Walker Intercollegiate on Oct. 22-23.

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