Matadors Can't Improve on 18th Place Finish at ASU Thunderbird Invitational

TEMPE, Ariz. - Cal State Northridge opened its week in Arizona with a disappointing 18th-place finish Sunday at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational at the Karsten Course.

The Matadors, who were in 17th-place after an opening round 309, slipped to 18th after a second round 316 and their final round of 308 wasn't enough the move CSUN out of 18th.

The Matadors did not have a player among the top-81 finishers as Oscar Sachs was the top Northridge finisher as the junior tied for 82nd. Sachs, who has been the low Matador in three of the five tournaments this spring, finished with scores of 75-77-76 for a three-round (+15) 228.

Ryan Green had his best round of the tournament on Sunday as he carded a three-over par 74 which was also CSUN's low round of the entire tournament. Green wound up in a tie for 91st at (+19) 232 with rounds of 78-80-74.

Kyler Sauer was five shots behind Green as the junior tied for 93rd-place at (+24) 237 following rounds of 79-81-77. Matt Siporin finished 89th at (+27) 240 after posting scores of 79-80-81 and Zach Leonard was 100th at (+29) 242 following rounds of 77-79-86.

Oregon State's Nick Chianello led from start to finish and finished at 11-under par 202. UNLV won the team championship with a three-round score of nine-under 843.

Cal State Northridge is right back at it Monday and Tuesday as the Matadors compete at the Wyoming Desert Invitational at Talking Stick G.C. in Tempe. The first and second rounds are Monday and the final round is on Tuesday.

Tempe, Ariz.
ASU Karsten Course
Apr. 5-7, 2013

1. UNLV 283-283-277--843
2. California 284-282-278--844
3. San Diego 289-275-283--847
4. New Mexico 276-286-288--850
5. San Diego State 281-285-286--852
18. Cal State Northridge 309-316-308--933

1. Nick Chianello, Oregon State 64-68-70--202 (-11)
2. Scott Fernandez, Iowa State 69-65-69--203 (-10)
2. Brandon Hagy, California 70-65-68--203 (-10)
4. Grant Forrest, San Diego 68-68-70--206 (-7)
5. Kenneth Fadke, New Mexico State 72-69-66--207 (-6)
5. Kevin Penner, UNLV 71-69-66--207 (-6)
5. Kurt Kitayama, UNLV 67-71-69--207 (-6)
8. Xander Schauffele, San Diego State 7268-70--210 (-3)
9. Tom Berry, San Diego State 66-74-71--211 (-2)
9. Juan Pablo Hernandez, Arizona 71-71-69--211 (-2)

18. Northridge 309-316-308--933
T82. Oscar Sachs 75-77-76--228 (+15)
T91. Ryan Green 78-80-74--232 (+19)
T93. Kyler Sauer 79-81-77--237 (+24)
98. Matt Siporin 79-80-81--240 (+27)
100. Zach Leonard 77-79-86--242 (+29)