April 6, 2010

Freund, Matadors Lead After Two Rounds at Wyoming Cowboy Classic

April 6, 2010

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Cal State Northridge holds a three-shot lead while senior Jeff Freund is tied for first after the first two rounds of the Wyoming Cowboy Classic at Talking Stick Golf Club.

The first day of golf was completed Tuesday morning as several teams still had three holes to play when the sun set and play was halted. Northridge was tied for sixth after an opening round 282 on Monday morning but was one of the more consistent teams in the afternoon round. The Matadors finished with a 284 to take the top spot on the leaderboard at (+6) 566 heading into Tuesday's final round.

"We played solid golf on Monday," said head coach Jim Bracken. "It's a desert course so there is no rough which made it tough on a couple of guys. But overall we're playing well and the guys are having fun and enjoying themselves."

Freund is tied for first among the 130 competitors as the senior from Fresno, Calif., carded rounds of 68-69 to post a two round score of (-3) 137. Freund is tied with Gunner Wiebe of San Diego while UC Riverside's Scott Clayton is one shot back.

Freshman Chris Russo is also in the top-five heading into the final round as he finished with rounds of 72-68 and sits tied for fifth at even-par 140. Junior Nick Delio is currently tied for 19th at (+4) 144 after rounds of 69-75, senior Casey Piper is tied for 73rd at (+10) 150 after rounds of 73-77 and Matt Siporin is tied for 100th at (+14) 154. Siporin rebounded from a tough opening round 82 to fire a second round 72.

"There's 25 schools here but there's not a team here we can't play with if we're consistent," said Bracken. "We were consistent yesterday and hopefully we can be consistent again today."

After the second round concluded Tuesday, the third and final round began at 8:30 a.m.

- GO MATADORS -