SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After a disappointing opening team round of 306, Cal State Northridge put together a solid second round 289 and sits ninth through two rounds of the UCSB OGIO Intercollegiate Monday at Sandpiper G.C.
In their final tuneup before the Big West Championship at Soboba Springs in two weeks, the Matadors got off to slow start before making up some ground in the afternoon round on the Santa Barbara coast.
At 595 (306-289), CSUN is ninth out of 10 teams but is just 11 shots out of the top-five. The host Gauchos (579) led the field while individually Utah's Casey Halliday leads by one shot at four-under 140.
Senior Kyler Sauer made a surge in the second round as he posted a three-under 69 which followed a disappointing 77 in the morning session. Sauer is currently tied for 14th as he is bidding for his third top-20 finish (in addition to four top-fives).
Michael O'Connor also made a move up the leaderboard from round one to two as he posted a seven-shot improvement. O'Connor opened with a 77 before posting a two-under 70 to move into a tie for 21st at three-over 147.
CSUN head coach Jim Bracken brought his entire squad to Santa Barbara as five individuals joined the starting five. Steven Molumby led that group as he is tied with O'Connor at three-over 147 following rounds of 74-73.
Aden Louez carded consecutive rounds of 75 as he is tied for 36th at six-over 150 while Dodge Ward is two shots back of Louez at eight-over 152 following rounds of 77-75. Oscar Sachs rounded out the starting five as he is 61st at 15-over 159 following rounds of 79-80.
Also competing individually, Nick Sarian is 54th at 12-over 156 after posting back-to-back rounds of 78, Jared LeGrand is tied for 55th at 13-over 157 following rounds of 78-79, Sam Engel is tied for 58th at 14-over 158 after posting scores of 77-81 and Martin Dymon is tied for 62nd at 16-over 160 with rounds of 79-81.
The third and final round is set for Tuesday morning.
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