Matadors in the Hunt After Two Rounds at Braveheart Classic

March 2, 2010

BEAUMONT, Calif. - Senior Casey Piper holds a two-shot lead and the Cal State Northridge men's golf team is in second, four shots back after two rounds of the Braveheart Classic at Oak Valley G.C. The second round was completed on Tuesday morning and the final round will follow immediately after.

As a team, the Matadors posted rounds of 295-286 for a two-round total of (+5) 581. Northridge trails Arizona (577) by four shots heading into Tuesday's final 18 holes. Long Beach State (589) is third followed by Sacramento State (593) and Loyola Marymount (593) who are tied for fourth in the 15-team field.

"I'm happy with how were playing," said Matador head coach Jim Bracken. "If we can't catch Arizona and take the lead, I'd at least like to hang onto second. If we can play consistent like we did on Monday we should have a chance to do that."

Piper, a senior from Simi Valley, Calif., holds a two-stroke lead on Loyola Marymount's Jake Sarnoff heading into Tuesday's final round. Piper, who fired rounds of 72-67 and sits at (-5) 139, is looking for his first top-10 finish of the 2009-10 season.

Junior Nick Delio is also in the hunt as he sits fourth at even-par 144. Delio carded rounds of 74-70 on Monday. Chris Russo completed a trio of Northridge golfers in the top-20 as he is currently tied for 15th at (+4) 148 after rounds of 73-75. Matt Siporin is tied for 56th at (+13) 157 after rounds of 76-81 and Davis Kirkland is tied for 76th at (+18) 162 after rounds of 88-74.


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