Guce First, Matadors Second Through Two Rounds at Fresno State Classic

FRESNO, Calif. - Senior Clariss Guce fired a five-under 67 in the second round to take the individual lead through 36 holes at the Fresno State Classic Monday at Copper River Country Club. As a team, CSUN is in second place following rounds of 305-294.

On a windy day in the central valley, the Matadors opened with a team round of 305 and were tied for second before a second round 294 left them alone in second. Boise State, which began the afternoon round in fifth-place, ovedrtook three teams to move to the top of the leaderboard by two shots over the Matadors. A total of seven teams are competing.

"I'm so proud of how the girls played today," said CSUN head coach Gina Umeck. "This course offers a little more breathing room for us. Our home courses are more tactically difficult so I think that played into our favor."

Guce, who leads the Matadors with a 73.6 scoring average in addition to a pair of wins, opened with a five-over 76 before her second round 67 moved her to the top of the leaderboard by three shots. At one-under 143, Guce carries a three-shot margin over Boise State's Samantha Martin into Tuesday's final round. 

"Clariss put up a great number in the wind in the second round," added Umeck. "We look forward to events like this."

Also for the Matadors, Cesilie Hagen made it two CSUN golfers in the top-10 afetr 36 holes as she is tied for ninth at seven-over 151. Hagen finished Monday with rounds of 76-75 and is just three shots out of the top-five.

Elisabeth Haavardsholm is bidding for her best second-best finish of the season as she is currently tied for 15th with teammate Arinda Bhanaraksa among others at nine-over 153. Haavardsholm, who has a sixth-place finish in addition to a pair of top-20 showings, carded rounds of 76-77 while Bhanaraksa was just the opposite at 77-76.

Ellen Brantberg rounded out the squad as she is tied for 35th at 16-over 160 following rounds of 84-76. 44 players are in the field.

The final round of 18 holes gets underway Tuesday morning.


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