April 6, 2010
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A tournament-low final round 275 clinched the Cal State Northridge men's golf teams' first win of the 2009-10 season as the Matadors won the Wyoming Cowboy Classic at Talking Stick G.C. Individually, Northridge had two players finish in the top-10 as senior Jeff Freund finished a season-best second while junior Nick Delio tied for seventh.
As a team, the Matadors' final round 275 is a season-low for 18 holes as is their 36-hole total of 566. The three-round of 841 is also a low for the 2009-10 season for Northridge.
"It's a great win for our program," said head coach Jim Bracken. "This was a good field with a lot of good players. It's a big confidence boost for us, we've have some good finishes this year but this will certainly give us some confidence going into our last two tournaments.
Freund, who was tied for first after two rounds, kept the pressure on with a final round 68 but San Diego's Gunner Wiebe fired a final round 66 to claim individual medalist honors by two shots. Freund finished his best tournament of the season with a score of five-under, 205 (68-69-68), Northridge's best 54-hole individual score of the season.
"Jeff played solid and this is certainly one of the best tournaments he's played this year," added Bracken. "To finish second in this field is quite an accomplishment."
Delio also played well jumping 12 spots with a final round 68. Delio wound up tied for seventh, his fourth top-10 finish in nine tournaments this season. The junior from Valencia finished with rounds of 69-75-68 to finish at two-over 212.
Chris Russo made it three Matadors in the top-20 as he tied for 20th at (+5) 215 after rounds of 72-68-75. Russo's second round 68 is a season-low. Senior Casey Piper also made a charge on Tuesday moving up from 73rd into a tie for 36th after a final round 68. Piper finished with rounds of 73-77-68 to finish at (+8) 218. Matt Siporin rounded out the Matador scoring as he tied for 81st at (+15) 225 with rounds of 82-72-71.
The Matadors will look to make it two straight at the BYU Cougar Classic Apr. 23-24 at Riverside C.C. in Provo, Utah.
"The tournament at BYU also has a strong field so that will also be a big test for us before conference," said Bracken. "If we can get a good finish there that will be huge for us."
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