SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Monday was moving day for the Cal State Northridge women's golf team as senior Clariss Guce led the charge up the leaderbaord in round two of the Big West Championship at San Luis Obispo Country Club.
Guce, who was tied for fifth after an opening round one-over 74, blistered the San Luis Obispo C.C. course on Tuesday with a tournament-low four-under 69 and is the new clubhouse leader at three-under 143. The senior played a virtually error-free round on Tuesday as four birdies and 14 pars boosted her to the top of the leaderboard by three shots. Guce will have to hold off the field, including a trio of players at even-par 146, as the final round gets underway Tuesday.
As a team, the Matadors carded a tournament-low round of 296 to move up from fourth to second behind team-leading UC Davis. CSUN is in position for its best Big West Championship finish since 2004 when the Matadors won their second consecutive conference crown.
"We've been waiting for a round to come together and what a great time for it to happen," said head coach Gina Umeck. "Being the 'downtrodden' team for so long makes it all that more special to be practically atop the leaderboard. We know the work is far from done however and we'll suit up and stick to our process tomorrow. Anything can happen in sports."
In addition to Guce, Cesilie Hagen is also in the hunt as she carded her second consecutive round of one-over 74 and remains tied for fifth at two-over 148. Hagen matched her total from round one with three birdies and four bogeys on Tuesday.
Ellen Brantberg and Arinda Bhanaraksa also posted improvement over round one as both players are currently tied for 19th at 10-over 156. Brantberg, who opened with an 80 on Sunday, shaved four strokes on Monday as she had a consistent round of three-over 76. Bhanaraksa's second round four-over 77 was two shots better than Sunday's 79 as she managed a pair of birdies identical to her first round. Sharon Shin followed up Sunday's 83 with a second round nine-over 82 and moved up from a tie for 36th to 34 at 19-over 165.
CSUN (603) trails UC Davis (591) by 12 shots and is eight strokes in front of UC Irvine (611). Long Beach State (617) is fourth followed by Cal State Fullerton (625), Cal Poly (625), UC Riverside (626) and Hawai'i (636).
The final round gets underway Tuesday morning.
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