Matadors Ninth After Two Rounds at Big West Championship

SAN JACINTO, Calif. - A second round 306 dropped the Cal State Northridge men's golf team one spot to ninth place while junior Kyler Sauer remained in contention for the individual title Monday at the Big West Championship at The Country Club at Soboba Springs.

Sauer, who was tied for third after an opening round even-par 72, carded a one-over 73 on Monday and is tied for fourth five shots off the lead. The junior from Thousand Oaks was one-under after the front nine this morning and was still at one-under through 14 holes. But a quadruple bogey on the par-three 15th dropped him to three-over before an eagle three on the par-five 18th got him back to one-over for the day.

Additionally, Sauer had just two birdies and one bogey with the rest pars as he heads into Tuesday's final round looking for CSUN's second top-five finish since 2009. Nick Delio finished second as a senior in 2011.

Corey Gard of Cal State Fullerton is the leader after two rounds at four-under 140. Pacific's Eric Sugimoto is second at one-under 143, Hawai'i's Nainoa Calip is third at even-par 144 with Sauer, UC Santa Barbara's Glen Scher and UC Davis' Johnny Baxter are tied for fourth at one-over 145.

Senior Matt Siporin is also in the hunt after a two-over 74 in the second round left him tied for seventh at two-over 145. Siporin, who was tied with Sauer at 72 after round one, also had one eagle on Tuesday as he posted a three on the par-five 16th which kept him in contention. Otherwise he carded three birdies and nine pars on Monday.

Oscar Sachs followed up his first round 79 with another seven-over 79 on Monday and is tied for 41st at (+14) 158. Steven Molumby and Ryan Green are tied for 46th at (+18) 162 after Molumby posted a second round 80 and Green came in at 81.

As a team, the Matadors slipped one position on the leaderboard as CSUN is currently ninth at 610 (304-306). Pacific (587) had the low round of the day as the Tigers moved from fourth into the team lead with a 289 on Monday. Cal State Fullerton (591) remained second followed by UC Davis (592), Long Beach State (593), Hawai'i (596), UCSB (597), UC Irvine (598), UC Riverside (607), the Matadors (610) and Cal Poly (611).

Cal State Northridge will tee off the third and final round of the conference championship Tuesday at 7:15 a.m. The Matadors will be paired with Cal Poly for the final round.