October 5, 2009

Matadors Two Shots Back After Two Rounds at Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate

Oct. 5, 2009

PALM DESERT, Calif. - Cal State Northridge fired team rounds of 291-283 to post a day one total of 574 and is two shots back of team-leading Santa Clara (572) heading into Tuesday's final round of the 16-team Wyoming Desert Classic at the Classic Club.

For the second straight tournament, the Matadors played a solid first two rounds and put themselves in position to win a tournament. Last week, Northridge was in striking distance after two rounds at the Purple and Red Invitational, but a final round 304 played in a tough win dropped the Matadors to eighth.

"We just played solid and the guys really grinded today," said Head Coach Jim Bracken. "That's two consecutive tournaments that we've been under par after two rounds. We're putting ourselves in a position to win some tournaments. The guys are excited and they're fired up and ready to play tomorrow."

Juniors Nick Delio and Davis Kirland will also battle for the Matador first individual win of the season. Both are tied for second at five-under 139 and trail leader Gabe Maier of Wyoming who posted a two-round score of six-under 138. Delio, who last won an individual title as a freshman in October of 2007 (SCU Invitational), fired rounds of 70-69 while Kirkland finished with rounds of 73-66. Kirkland's second round 66 was the low round of the tournament.

"Nick was solid and Davis has that ability to turn it on," said Bracken. "Some guys get nervous when they get to 5 or 6 under par but Davis didn't do that today, he played great."

Elsewhere for the Matadors, seniors Casey Piper and Jeff Freund are tied for 29th at (+4) 148. Piper posted rounds of 73-75 while Freund checked in at 75-73.

"Jeff shot 75 in the first round and was about five-over after 10 holes in the second round but wound up shooting 73 so he battled today," said Bracken. "Casey struggled with his putting today, he had a lot of putts roll out."

Jason Rosenkranz rounded out the Matador team scoring with rounds of 81-76 which left him tied for 76th at (+13) 157. Freshman Chris Russo and sophomore Arthur Chung competed as individuals for Northridge. Russo is currently tied for tied for 48th at (+7) 151 after rounds of 74-77 while Chung is in 90th place at (+19) 163 after rounds of 82-81.

A final round of 18 holes will be played on Tuesday, beginning with a 7:45 a.m. shotgun start.

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