March 22, 2011

Matador Men Sixth, Women Seventh at Folino Invitational

March 22, 2011

IRVINE, Calif. - Both Cal State Northridge golf teams struggled on the final day of the Folino Invitational at Oak Creek G.C. as the Matador men slipped to sixth and the CSUN women slipped one spot to seventh. Chris Russo's 11th place finish led both squads.

Russo, who was tied for seventh just one shot off the lead after two rounds Monday, carded a final round (+4) 75 and slipped into a tie for 11th at (+5) 218. Russo finished with rounds of 71-72-75 and posted his fourth-best tournament score of the 2010-11 season. Russo's 11th-place showing is his fourth top-20 finish of the season.

Matt Siporin was two shots back of Russo as he finished tied for 15th at (+7) 220. Siporin also had his toughest round on Tuesday as he followed up rounds of 74-71 on Monday with a final round (+4) 75 on Tuesday. The 15th place finish is Siporin's second straight top-20 finish this spring.

Satch Herrmann posted his best finish of the season as he finished tied for 21st at (+11) 224 following a final round of even-par 71, CSUN's best round of the day. Herrmann wound up the tournament with rounds of 74-79-71.

Freshman Jake Katz opened the day tied for 26th and stayed in the same spot following a final round (+5) 76. Katz posted rounds of 76-74-76 to finish at (+13) 226. Senior Nick Delio wound up tied for 26th at (+14) 227 his lowest finish of his final season. Delio, who leads the Matadors in scoring at 70.8, struggled with rounds of 75-75-77.

As a team, the Matadors dropped from third to sixth following their final round 297. Northridge had hoped to improve on its rounds of 294-292 on Monday but instead slipped three spots with a final team score of 883. Cal Poly won the team championship with a score of 867 followed by UC Irvine (870) and Cal State Fullerton (295) in the 10-team field.

After an opening round 328, the Matador women shaved eight shots off their team score on Tuesday with a 320 but still dropped from sixth to seventh with a team score of 648. Long Beach State (606) overcame UC Irvine (610) and Portland State (611) to win the women's title among eight teams competing.

Lady Samson, competing individually, finished tied for 15th for the top CSUN finish. Samson, who has played in one tournament this season, finished with a final round (+9) 81 on Tuesday after a 77 on Monday.

Junior Kylie Kimura had the best finish of the Matador team as she finished tied for 26th at (+18) 162 following back-to-back rounds of 81. Jennel Alexander had CSUN's best round on Tuesday as she followed up a rough round of 89 on Monday with a two over-par 74 on Tuesday. Alexander jumped 12 spots to tie for 29th at (+19) 163.

Sophomore Clariss Guce also improved on Tuesday carding a final round 80 after an opening round 84. Guce wound up tied for 30th at (+20) 164. Margo Dionisio finished tied for 34th at (+22) 166 after rounds of 81-85 and Ellen Krausse finished tied for 36th at (+23) 167 following rounds of 82-85.

The Matador men will next be in action at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate at Sandpiper G.C. on Mar 28-29. The CSUN women will have their final tuneup before the Big West Championship when the Matadors compete at the Anteater Invitational Mar. 28-29 at Dove Canyon C.C.

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