October 10, 2011

Second Round Improvement But Matadors Remain 11th at Wildcat Invitational

LAYTON, Utah - The Cal State Northridge men's golf team posted a 20-shot improvement from the first round to the second round but still remains 11th after two rounds of the Wildcat Invitational at Valley View G.C.

The Matadors had a tough opening round finishing with the high round of the tournament at 312. CSUN bounced back with a solid 292 in the second round but remains 11th out of 11 teams.

After an opening round of three over-par 75, junior Chris Russo put himself in contention for his second top-10 finish of the season after firing a two under-par 70 in the second round. Russo is currently tied for seventh with six players at one over-par 145.

Russo trails leader Cameron Rappleye of Sacramento State (137) by eight shots heading into Tuesday's final round.

No other Matador is in the top-30 as senior Jason Rosenkranz is tied for 31st at six over-par 150. Rosenkranz carded back-to-back rounds of 75 on Monday. Sophomore Ryan Green and freshman Richard Kim are both tied for 54th at (+12) 156 while freshman Steven Molumby is 62nd at (+14) 158.

After an opening round 83, Green rebounded with his low round of the season with a second round 73. Kim followed the same pattern as he opened with an 82 but shaved eight strokes with a second round 74. Molumby, who was CSUN's top finisher last week at the Cal Poly Firestone Grill Invitational, struggled with rounds of 80-78. Sebastien Domingo made his second apperance of the season as an individual and is currently 66th at (+18) 162 following rounds of 84-78.  

Behind Rappleye, Sacramento State jumped out to a six shot lead after the morning round, and increased its lead to 15 after 36 holes, shooting rounds of 288 and 284 for a total of 572.

The Matadors will tee off beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Tuesday's final round.

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