Matadors Tie for Third at Braveheart Classic

March 2, 2010

BEAUMONT, Calif. - Cal State Northridge posted its second third-place finish in three Spring tournaments as the Matadors shot a final-round 304 at the Braveheart Classic at Oak Valley G.C. Senior Casey Piper's sixth-place finish led the Matadors.

Northridge, which was four shots off the pace following two rounds on Monday, struggled to the final round 304 and were overtaken by Long Beach State (878) and tied by Santa Clara (885). The Matadors (885) put themselves in position for the team win with rounds of 295 and 286 on Monday but could not repeat those results on Tuesday. Arizona (858) won the team title in the 15-team field.

Northridge now has four top-three finishes in 2009-10 including two in the Spring.

Piper, a senior from Simi Valley, Calif., held a two-shot lead following the two rounds on Monday, but slipped to a final round 78 to slip into a tied for sixth at (+1) 217. Piper's second round 67 was one of three sub-par rounds in the tournament. The sixth-place finish is the first top-20 finish of the season for Piper and the sixth top-five finish for a Northridge golfer this season.

Arizona's Tarquin Macmanus fired a final round 66 to move to the top of the leaderboard and earn individual medalist honors with a (-6) 210.

Nick Delio posted his fifth top-20 finish of the season as the junior from Valencia, Calif. placed 11th at (+3) 219. Delio, who has a pair of second place finishes this season, was in the top-10 until a final round 75 dropped him to 11th. Delio posted rounds of 74 and 70 on Monday.

Elsewhere for the Matadors, Chris Russo narrowly missed his first top-20 finish as a Matador as he finished tied for 22nd at (+9) 225. Russo posted rounds of 73-75-77. Matt Siporin matched his best round of the tournament with a final round 76 that left him tied for 50th at (+17) 233 and Davis Kirkland tied for 76th at (+22) 238 after rounds of 88-74-76.

Cal State Northridge returns to action on Mar. 25 as the Matadors play at the Lamkin Grip Match Play at Cypress Ridge G.C. in Arroyo Grande, Calif.