SAN JACINTO, Calif. - Trying to duplicate the impressive performance of the CSUN women's team, the Matador men's golf team opened the Big West Championship Sunday and is tied for fourth after the opening round at The Country Club at Soboba Springs.
CSUN opened with a team round of 295 and sits tied for fourth with Long Beach State eight shots back of team-leading Cal State Fullerton. The Titans (287) lead by two strokes over UC Davis (289) and are three in front of Hawai'i (290). A total of nine teams are competing over three days.
"We're in a good position, we didn't blow ourselves out of anything today," said head coach Jim Bracken. "We're just not getting that fourth score but if we can get that tomorrow we'll be right there. Monday is a pivitol day for us, it would be nice to have a couple guys under par but all these guys are capable of shooting par or better."
Individually, senior Kyler Sauer paced the team as he has done all season. Sauer opened with a one-under 71 and is alone in sixth-place after 18 holes. The senior, who owns a team-low 72.9 scoring average this season, posted five birdies on Sunday and was virtually trouble-free with the exception of a double bogey six at the par-four second hole.
Oscar Sachs, who has struggled over the last several weeks, put together an even-par round of 72 and is also in the top-10 after one round. He had par on 14 of the 18 holes to go with a pair of birdies and a pair of bogeys.
Michael O'Connor made it three Matadors in the top-20 as he finished round one at three-over 75 and is in a tie for 20th. O'Connor had three birdies and 10 pars, but a pair of bogeys and two double bogeys dropped him to three over-par.
UC Davis' Matt Hanson is the individual leader after 18 holes as the Aggie standout posted a five-under 67 to lead by one shot.
The second round gets underway Tuesday morning at 9:10 a.m. Live results are at Golfstat.com.
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