Kyler Sauer in the Hunt, Matador Men Fifth at Anteater Invitational

COSTA MESA, Calif. - Senior Kyler Sauer is tied for third while the Cal State Northridge men's golf team is fifth after two rounds of the Anteater Invitational Monday at Mesa Verde Country Club.

Sauer, a senior from Thousand Oaks, led the Matadors in scoring in the fall and is off to a good start in the spring. He fired an opening round two under-par 69 in the morning which included four birdies and 12 pars. Sauer then posted a one over 72 in the afternoon round posting two birdies and 13 pars.

Sauer (141) heads into Tuesday's final round three strokes back of Long Beach State's Kevin Lee (138) while UC Irvine's Pete Fernandez is second at one over 139. 

"Kyler played solid, he didn't get off to a great start in the second round but got it back to even," said CSUN head coach Jim Bracken.  "He grinded out his rounds out today and put himself in a good position, he's got as good a chance as anyone to win the tournament."

Sauer's teammates also played well in the first round, where the Matadors held the team lead before struggling a bit in round two.

Michael O'Connor was tied for eighth after a one-over 72 in the first round but wound up posting a five-over 76 in round two to drop into a tie for 17th place at six-over 148. Oscar Sachs is also tied with O'Connor after posting an opening round 73 but dropping two shots in the afternoon with a four-over 75.

Ryan Green also had a four shot swing from round one to round two as he finished the morning round at two-over 73 before a second round 77 dropped him into a tiw for 25th at eight-over 150. Aden Louez, competing as an individual, is currently tied for 34th at 155 (+13) following rounds of 77-78 while Dodge Ward rounded out the team scoring as the junior is also in 34th place at 155 following scores of 78-77 

"It's not like the guys weren't trying we just didn't execute very well today," added Bracken. "I've said it before, we're a better team than we're showing but the sun will come up tomorrow and we'll try to move up the leaderboard."

The Matadors tee off the final round Tuesday morning at 7:25 a.m.