Final Round 291 Drops Matadors to Fifth at Saint Mary's invitational

Sept. 30, 2008

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Freshman Casey Piper posted his first collegiate top-20 finish and the Matadors carded a final round 291 to finish in fifth place at 867 (295-281-291) at the Saint Mary's Invitational at Poppy Hills GC.

Northridge was second to San Francisco after the first two rounds on Monday, but slipped to a final round 291 and were passed by three teams. San Francisco (855) won the team title by five strokes over Wisconsin (860). UC Santa Barbara (861) was third followed by UC Irvine (864) and the Matadors rounded out the top-five in the 17-team field.

"Our scoring wasn't horrendous today, the tournament was there for us to have a good round," said head coach Jim Bracken. "We just couldn't get anything going."

Piper, a freshman from Simi Valley, was tied for eighth after two rounds but closed with a three over-par 74 to finish tied for 15th at 216 (+3).

"Casey shot a second round 65," said Bracken. "He's certainly got the ability to score and he played well in this tournament."

Senior Erik Jarvey narrowly missed his second top-20 finish as finished 23rd at 218 (+5) after a final round even-par 71. Jarvey carded rounds of 76-71 on Monday. Sophomore Nick Delio posted his best round of the tournament as he closed with an even-par 71 to finish tied for 30th at 219 (+6). Delio posted rounds of 72-76 on Monday.

Also for the Matadors, junior Jeff Freund finished tied for 42nd at 221 (+8) after rounds of 72-74-75, senior Greg Gauvin finished tied for 54th at 224 (+11) after rounds of 75-71-78 and Jason Rosenkranz, competing as an individual, finished tied for 61st at 226 (+13) after rounds of 75-75-76.

Cal State Northridge returns to action Oct. 16 as the Matadors compete at the Del Walker Invitational in Long Beach.