Sauer, Siporin Third; Matadors Eighth at Big West Championships

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SAN JACINTO, Calif. - A team score of 304 left the Cal State Northridge men's golf team in eighth place after the opening round of the Big West Men's Golf Championship at The Country Club at Soboba Springs.

Hawai'i is leading the team chase after carding an opening round 292 which is one shot better than second-place Cal State Fullerton. Long Beach State (297) is third followed by Pacific (298), UC Davis (301), UC Riverside (302), Cal Poly (302), the Matadors (304), UC Santa Barbara (305) and UC Irvine (305). 

Despite sitting at 304, CSUN is just seven strokes out of third place and only three shots out of the top-five.

Senior Matt Siporin, who has struggled the entire spring after recovering from an injury, fired a first round even-par 72 and is tied for third with four players among them teammate Kyler Sauer.

Siporin had seven birdies in the first round, four coming on the back nine where he finished at two-under. Sauer had three birdies and 12 pars in a consistent round one. Both Siporin and Sauer are just three shots back of the co-leaders Nainoa Calip of Hawai'i and Corey Gard of Cal State Fullerton.

Oscar Sachs, who was CSUN's leading scorer in a pair of spring tournaments, is currently tied for 40th at seven-over 79. Sachs had a pair of birdies but also had seven bogeys and one double bogey.

Ryan Green is tied for 46th at nine-over 81 and Steven Molumby is 48th at (+10) 82.

Round two tees off Monday morning at 7:15 a.m. The Matadors will play with Cal Poly, those two teams will tee off at 7:55 a.m.

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