PHOENIX, Ariz. – Career performances for CSU Bakersfield’s Nathan Green and Warren Miller helped the Roadrunners to a strong start at the GCU Invitational on Friday. CSUB’s men’s golf team rode a pair low scores from its top two golfers on the first day of competition to a second-round team score that was the second-best of the season for the ‘Runners.
At the turn, Green, a junior led the ‘Runners with a score of one-under-par thanks to a pair of birdies. Miller, a native of Bakersfield, and senior Izzad Ibrahim both sat at three-over-par while freshman Dominick Hoover was one stroke back at +4. Junior Garry Cai brought up the rear for CSUB, but was only one stroke behind Hoover at five-over.
At the end of the round, Green paced CSUB with a two-over-par 73, his third-best single-round of the season. Hoover was just one stroke behind Green with a 74 while Miller and Ibrahim rounded out the ‘Runner scoring four with identical rounds of 77 (+6). Cai wrapped up the first 18 holes with a score of 82 at GCU Golf Course.
As a team, the four ‘Runners tallied a total of 301 strokes (+17) in Round 1, their eighth-best single-round team score of the season. CSUB sat in 13th of 14 teams as the ‘Runners and the rest of the field passed the clubhouse and went back out for Round 2.
Through 11 holes of the second round, Green continued to dominate the course in Phoenix, Ariz. The junior’s score to that point was an incredible five-under-par thanks to five birdies. Close behind Green’s heels was Miller as the freshman was at even par and would birdie his 13th hole to go to -1.
To close out the day, Green struggled a bit while Miller surged to the end. The pair both ended up with identical scores of 69 (-2), tying CSUB’s and their own best rounds of the season. Hoover ended up third for the ‘Runners with a 76 while Cai rebounded nicely with a round of 80 to join the scoring four. Ibrahim’s 82 in Round 2 was dropped.
On the day, Green finished tied for 21st overall out of nearly 100 student-athletes at the GCU Invitational. The native of Green River, Wyo. posted a two-round score of 142 (E) to lead the ‘Runners while Miller was four strokes back at 146. Hoover was third for CSUB on the day with 150 strokes while Ibrahim was at 159 and Cai came into the clubhouse with a score of 162.
CSUB posted a team score of 294 (+10) in Round 2, the squad’s second-best 18-hole score of the season. On the day, the ‘Runners tallied 595 strokes and remained in 13th place out of 14 teams. The ‘Runners are a mere four strokes behind 12th-place South Dakota and hold a 10 stroke advantage on Omaha after Day 1.
The team leaderboard was very tight at the top with three teams separated by only a few strokes. At the end of Day 1, Duke led all teams with 556 strokes while Eastern Michigan’s Jared Multer and Grand Canyon’s Billy Comeaux topped the individual leaderboard at 135.
On Saturday, the Roadrunners and the rest of the 14-team field will return to GCU Golf Course to close out the tournament with one final round of golf. Round 3 will once again kick off with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.