No. 9 Men's Golf Moves Up To 5th At The U.S. Intercollegiate
March 31, 2012
Battling strong winds and rain, the ninth-ranked San Diego State men's golf team still managed to climb the team standings Saturday, moving from eighth into fifth place with a 36-hole score of 18-over 578 Saturday at the U.S. Intercollegiate in Stanford, Calif. The Aztecs posted a second-round 13-over 293, as none of the 17 teams in the field were able to break par at the 6,742-yard Stanford Golf Course.
SDSU senior Colin Featherstone (Fallbrook, Calif.) logged his second consecutive 72 with two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey to elevate him from 37th all the way into a seven-way tie for 17th place at 4-over 144. Junior Tom Berry (New Haw, England) matched Featherstone's 72, starting and ending the round with a birdie to vault him 22 spots up the individual leaderboard to 25th with a 145.
The Aztecs other three golfers, seniors J.J. Spaun (San Dimas, Calif.), Alex Kang (Oak Park, Calif.) and Matt Hoffenberg (Simi Valley, Calif.), are all tied for 36th at 6-over 146. Hoffenberg became the second SDSU player to eagle the par-5 first hole, but ended up giving those strokes back plus one just before making the turn with three consecutive bogeys and ended the day with a 4-over 74. Kang, meanwhile, was 4-over through his first five holes and only managed one birdie on the 11th hole for a 75. Spaun, who had the team's low round on Friday with a 70, also was limited to only one birdie and bogeyed five of his first nine holes before turning in a 76.
Oregon, which has three of the top four golfers, extended its lead from five to eight strokes at 4-under 556. Stanford's Patrick Rodgers utilized the home course advantage with a 3-under 67 to move from seventh into first by two strokes over Duck Eugene Wong with a 5-under 135.
The U.S. Intercollegiate concludes Sunday with San Diego State teeing off with Stanford and UCLA from the first hole starting at 8:45 a.m. PT. Live scoring is available on goaztecs.com and golfstat.com.
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Golf Course (Par-70, 6,742 yards)
Results Through 36 Holes
Team Scoring (Top 4 of 17 teams, plus SDSU)
1 No. 12 Oregon 272-284-556 (-4) 2 No. 8 USC 279-285-564 (+4) 3 No. 6 UCLA 277-291-568 (+8) No. 13 Stanford 284-284-568 (+8) 5 No. 9 San Diego State 285-293-578 (+18)
Top Three Individuals (Top 4 of 90 players) 1 Patrick Rodgers, Stanford 68-67-135 (-5) 2 Eugene Wong, Oregon 69-68-137 (-3) 3 Daniel Miernicki, Oregon 66-72-138 (-4) Robbie Ziegler, Oregon 68-70-138 (-4)