September 29, 2009

Northridge Slips to Eighth at Purple and Red Invitational

Sept. 29, 2009

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LAYTON, Utah - Cal State Northridge slipped to a final round 304 and dropped from fifth to eighth after the final round of the Purple and Red Invitational at Valley View G.C.

The Matadors, who were fifth after two rounds on Monday, carded a final round 304 on a windy Tuesday afternoon in Utah. Northridge completed the tournament with rounds of 283-291-304 to finish at 878. Only 14 strokes separated the top-10 teams in the tournament.

"The wind was definitely a factor today," said Head Coach Jim Bracken. "It was disappointing, we definitely should have shot better than we did. I thought we would break 300 but its the first tournament of the year and we've got a lot of season left."

Junior Nick Delio paced the Matadors with a final round of (+2) 74 which moved him into the individual top-20. Delio, who posted rounds of 73-72-74 finished at (+3) 219 to tied for 19th.

Senior Casey Piper overcame a tough second round to post a final round (+1) 73 which left him tied for 24th at (+4) 220. Piper carded rounds of 70-77 on Monday. Freshman Chris Russo, competing in his first collegiate tournament, finished tied for 26th at (+5) 221 after a final round 75. Russo, who was tied for 27th on Monday, moved up one spot with rounds of 70-76-75.

Junior Jason Rosenkranz, who was tied for sixth after rounds of 70-71 on Monday, struggled to a final round 82 on Tuesday to drop to 32nd at (+7) 223. Davis Kirkland, also competing in his first tournament as a Matador, also struggled to a final round 82 on Tuesday to finish tied for 54th at (+14) 230. Kirkland posted rounds of 76-72 on Monday.

"Chris (Russo) played well in his first tournament and Casey (Piper) played well today," said Bracken. "We're certainly not discouraged, I think we'll be a pretty good team."

The University of Utah, which was seventh after Monday's 36-holes, was one of the teams that went out early, and they reaped the benefit, shooting a final round-best 285 to catch second-round leader Arkansas-Little Rock with a three-round total of 867, forcing a sudden-death playoff. The Utes claimed the team title, beating UALR by a shot on the first playoff hole.

None of the top five teams entering the day were able to break 300. Weber State posted the best team score of the leaders with a final-round 301, but fell one spot to third. Southern Utah fell from third to seventh after a 308, Northern Colorado dropped from fourth to ninth with a 306 and the Matadors e dropped from fifth to eighth with a 304.

A pair of other teams joined the Utes in posting impressive numbers in the morning. Utah State and Cal State Bakersfield both jumped several spots to finish tied for fourth. The Aggies shot a 288 to move from ninth, while the Roadrunners leaped from last.

CSUB's Levi Garcia earned individual medalist honors with a nine-under-par total of 207. Garcia edged second-round leader Jake Johnson of Sacramento State by two shots. Weber State's Nick Despain and Utah State's Benjamin Shilleman finished tied for third.

Cal State Northridge returns to action next Monday, Oct. 5 as the Matadors take part in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in the Classic Club in Palm Desert.

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