Nick Delio Winds Up Second, Matadors 10th at Braveheart Classic

March 3, 2009

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BEAUMONT, Calif. - Sophomore Nick Delio carded a final round 73 to finish in a five-way tie for second while the Cal State Northridge men's golf team finished 10th at 907 at the Braveheart Classic at Oak Valley G.C.

As a team, the Matadors posted their best round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 299. That followed up rounds of 303 and 305 on Monday which put Northridge 10th in the 18-team field. The Matadors three-round score of 907 was 10 shot back of ninth-place UC Santa Barbara.

Oregon claimed the team title with a three round score of 875, seven strokes better than second place Southern Utah (882). Arizona (883) was third while Loyola Marymount (887) and Cal Poly (887) tied for fourth.

"It was a disappointing tournament for us," said Matador head coach Jim Bracken. "We're a much better team than we showed over the last two days. The course was tough, the greens were hard and the pin placements were challenging but its the same course for everyone. We've got to look forward not behind us and get ready for Fresno."

Delio had his third consecutive strong start of the spring as the sophomore from Valencia finished in second place, two shots back. He matched his opening-round 73 with a final round 73 to finish at one over-par 217. Delio also had his third career hole-in-one on Monday after acing the par-three 14th hole with a five-iron. The hole-in-one was his first as a Matador. Southern Utah's Nate Page carded a final round 69 to win individual medalist honors by two strokes.

"Nick's had a fourth, a fourth and a second place finish this spring," said Bracken. "He's playing well and practicing hard and its showing."

Jeff Freund wound up in a tie for 42nd at (+11) 227 after rounds of 74-79-74, Erik Jarvey finished tied for 47th at (+12) 228 after rounds of 77-75-76, Casey Piper finished tied for 75th at (+20) 236 after rounds of 80-80-76 and Clint Oleson placed 91st at (+26) 242 after rounds of 79-81-82. Jason Rosenkranz competed as an individual as finished tied for 57th at (+15) 231 after posting rounds of 79-80-72. Rosenkranz's final round 72 was his low round of the year.

Cal State Northridge is back in action next week as the Matadors travel to Fresno for the Fresno State/Lexus Golf Classic.