Delio and Siporin Tie For Third, Matadors Fifth at Del Walker Intercollegiate

March 8, 2011

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Senior Nick Delio and junior Matt Siporin each finished in a tie for third at two over-par 212 while the Cal State Northridge men's golf team fired a final round 358 to move up to a fifth-place finish at the Del Walker Intercollegiate at Virginia C.C.

Delio, who began the day tied for 12th, carded a two under-par 68 on Tuesday to move into a tie for second with teammate Siporin and Gustaf Kocken of Louisiana-Monroe. The trio finished nine shots behind individual champion Gregor Main of UCLA who finished at seven under-par 203.

"Having three guys finish in the top-20 is encouraging," said head coach Jim Bracken. "I think we're getting close to being the team we're capable of being."

Delio, who's top-five finish was his third of the season, finished with rounds of 71-73-68. His final round 68 matched his second-best round of the season following the 67 he shot at UC Irvine and Northridge's Bill Cullum Invitational.

Siporin's third-place finish was his career-best as the junior from Tarzana, Calif., posted rounds of 71-72-69. He was tied for fourth after two rounds and his career-low round of 69 on Tuesday, boosted him into a tie for third.

"I was really happy for Matt," said Bracken. "He battled and held tough so hopefully its the start of great things for him."

Sophomore Chris Russo also had a solid round on Tuesday as he finished at even-par 70 to move up from 27th into a tie for 17th at (+7) 217. Russo wound up with rounds of 72-75-70.

"Chris played so much better than his score in this tournament," said Bracken. "He's really struggling with his putting right now but his ball striking is right there."

The team score was rounded out by Jake Katz who finished tied for 45th at (+15) 225 after rounds of 76-73-76, Arthur Chung who finished 54th at (+18) 228 after rounds of 73-80-75 and Ryan Green who tied for 55th at (+20) 230 following rounds of 76-78-76. Satch Herrmann competed individually and finished 64th at (+25) 235 after posting rounds of 83-75-77.

The Matadors wound up with team rounds of 363-371-358 for a three-round score of 1092 which was just one shot out of third place. Santa Clara won the team title by one stroke with a score of 1076 while Long Beach State was second at 1077. Cal State Fullerton (1091) and Weber State (1091) tied for third just ahead of CSUN in the 10-team field.

Long Beach, Calif.
Virginia Country Club
Par 70, 6,633 Yards

1. Santa Clara 360-366-350--1076
2. Long Beach State 356-372-349--1077
3. Cal State Fullerton 370-369-352--1091
3. Weber State 352-372-367--1091
5. Northridge 363-371-358--1092
6. Wichita State 360-372-362--1094
7. Louisiana-Monroe 365-376-362--1097
8. Washington State 362-368-377--1107
9. Northern Colorado 364-387-378--1129
10. UC Riverside 377-384-382--1143

1. Gregor Main, UCLA 66-71-66--203 (-7)
2. Rick Lamb, Santa Clara 71-71-67--209 (-1)
3. Nick Delio, Northridge 71-73-68--212 (+2)
3. Gustaf Kocken, La.-Monroe 70-76-66--212 (+2)
3. Matt Siporin, Northridge 71-72-69--212 (+2)
6. Kevin Fitzgerald, UC Riverside 75-71-67--213 (+3)
6. Benjamin Lein, Long Beach State 70-75-68--213 (+3)
6. Kevin Roy, Long Beach State 69-74-70--213 (+3)
9. Philip Chian, Long Beach State 73-73-69--215 (+5)
9. Raymond Ho, Long Beach State 71-75-69--215 (+5)

5. Northridge 363-371-358--1092
T3. Nick Delio 71-73-68--212
T3. Matt Siporin 71-72-69--212
T17. Chris Russo 72-75-70--217
T45. Jake Katz 76-73-76--225
54. Arthur Chung 73-80-75--228
T55. Ryan Green 76-78-76--230
64. Satch Herrmann 83-75-77--235


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