LONG BEACH STATE, Calif. - Senior Kyler Sauer came within one shot of his first collegiate victory while the Cal State Northridge men's golf team posted its best round of the tournament Tuesday at Virginia C.C.
Sauer, who matched the course record with a seven under-par 63 on Monday, fired a final round two-under 68 but was overtaken by Long Beach State's Kevin Lee by one shot. Lee opened the day in 10th-place but matched Sauer's second round 63 in the final round to finish at eight-under 202 for the tournament.
Sauer completed rounds of 72-63-68 to finish second at seven-under 203 to lead the Matadors to their third top-10 finish of the season. Sauer's tournament score of 203 was nine shots better than his previous low tournament score of the season.
Both Ryan Green and Michael O'Connor narrowly missed the top-30 in the 64-player field as both tied for 35th at six-over 216 which is a tournament-low for both players. Green was victimized by a tough second round or he might have found himself in the top-20 as the senior posted rounds of 68-79-69. O'Connor overcame a first round 74 to post back-to-back one-over rounds of 71.
Dodge Ward made up ground from an opening round 79 as he carded rounds of 69-71 over the final two rounds to finish tied for 41st at seven-over 217. Oscar Sachs also had his best round of the season on Tuesday with a final round of even-par 70. Sachs wound up tied for 56th at 15-over 225 with rounds of 79-76-70.
Minnesota, which was fourth after the first round, moved into second afetr round two and made it all the way to the top of the leaderboard with a final round 280. The Golden Gophers held off Arizona by one shot to take the team title.
Cal State Northridge is back at it next week as the Matadors head to Fresno to take part in the Lexus Golf Classic at Belmont C.C. (Mar. 10-11).
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