September 9, 2013

Matadors Open 2013-14 Season at BYU's Hobble Creek Invitational

SPRINGVILLE, Utah - Cal State Northridge teed-off a new season under newly-named head coach Gina Umeck Monday at BYU's Hobble Creek Invitational at Hobble Creek G.C.

The Matadors posted a solid opening round of 308 and were seventh before struggling to a second round 335. CSUN is currently 10th in the 13-team field with 18 holes to play on Tuesday. San Francisco (590) leads the team chase  

Senior Clariss Guce, last year's leading scorer with a 75.6 scoring average, got off to a good start with an opening round three-over par 74 which was good for seventh. A second round 76 kept Guce tied for seventh with three other players at eight-over 150.

Fellow returners Sharon Shin (T-44th) and Elisabeth Haavardsholm (54th) each posted a single round in the 70's on Monday. Shin sits at (+20) 162 after rounds of 79-83 while Haavardsholm, who finished second to Guce in stroke average in 2012-13, carded round of 77-87 and carries a score of (+22) 164 into Tuesday's final round.

Newcomers Nicole DeFrancisco and Ellen Brantberg rounded out the five players in the Matador lineup. DeFrancisco finished with rounds of 80-89 and is tied for 61st at (+27) 169 while Brantberg posted an opening round 78 before withdrawing in round two.

Guce heads into Tuesday's 18 holes trailing leader Lea Garner of BYU by seven strokes. Garner (70-73--143) has a one-shot lead over Grand Canyon's Charlotte Jaengkit (73-71--144). No player in the 75-golfer field is under par through 36 holes.

The final round is scheduled for Tuesday morning with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m. MST. Live stats for the third round can be followed at golfstat.com. 

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