ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. – CSU Bakersfield’s Nathan Green got the Roadrunner men’s golf team off to a great start at the Cal Poly Shootout at Cypress Ridge Golf Course on Monday. The junior led the ‘Runners in Round 1 with a three-under-par 69, a season-best round for CSUB, and continued on to be the team's Day 1 leader.
“Nathan was in the zone and hitting it perfect in the first round,” said Meggan Bunker, CSUB’s men’s head coach. “He was dialing in the flag area.”
Green’s 69 came in a round that featured very different halves. On the front nine, the native of Green River, Wyo. carded an eagle on Hole 3, a pair of birdies, and a pair of bogeys. The back nine was much more consistent as Green posted eight pars and a birdie on the 13th. After Round 1, Green was tied for third overall among 62 student-athletes with CSUB’s best single-round of the season. Only one other ‘Runner (Teo Chiesa, -4, 2016) has shot lower in the last four seasons.
Behind Green in there first round were freshman Warren Miller and senior Izzad Ibrahim, who tied for 31st with identical scores of four-over 76. Junior Garry Cai was fourth for the ‘Runners and shot an 83. Due to the tournament being an unconventional six-count-five format, freshman Dominick Hoover’s 85 was including in the team score of 389 (+29). CSUB was ninth of nine teams after the first round.
While Green struggled more in the second round, Hoover improved by an impressive 13 strokes to post even par in Round 2. The freshman’s 18-hole score ties his collegiate best and helped the ‘Runners improve by two strokes as a team. The squad carded a five-man score of 387 (+27).
Three other ‘Runners scored in the 70s in Round 2 including Miller’s 75, Ibrahim’s 76, and Green’s 78. Cai rounded out the team score with an 86 in the second go around.
On the day, Green led the ‘Runners with a two-round total of 147 strokes (+3). The junior is tied for 24th overall after the first day of competition while Miller is just four strokes back at 151. Ibrahim was one swing behind Miller with a 36-hole score of 152 and Hoover sat at 157. Cai borught up the rear for the ‘Runners at 169 on the day.
The ‘Runners put together a two-round, five-man total of 776 strokes. UC Santa Barbara boasts an 18-stroke lead over second-place New Mexico State with a team score of 697 for the Gauchos. NMSU’s Luis Medina paced the individual leaderboard on Monday with a 36-hole score of 133 (-11).
CSUB and the rest of the nine-team field at the Cal Poly Shootout will return to Cypress Ridge for one final round of golf on Tuesday. The ‘Runners will begin to tee off from Hole 10 at 8 a.m. with 10 minutes in between each group.