MESA, Ariz. – CSU Bakersfield's men's golf team rebounded with a solid second round at the 2017 Western Athletic Conference Championship behind a trio of Roadrunners. Junior Garry Cai and freshmen Dominick Hoover and Warren Miller all posted scores of 75 to pace CSUB at the Longbow Golf Club on Saturday.
“The team overcame their hardships from yesterday and played with a lot of heart and fight today,” said Meggan Bunker, Head Coach of the ‘Runners. “I am extremely proud of Garry and his accomplishment today. He has worked hard all season and is so deserving of this round. He fought hard today and won. It was refreshing to finish how we did today and we look to play even better tomorrow.”
The ‘Runners got out to a much better start on Day 2 thanks to a solid result on the front nine. Senior Izzad Ibrahim paced CSUB through nine holes with a score of two-over-par. Cai was close behind at +3 while freshmen Miller and Hoover sat at four-over.
On the back nine, CSUB held steady to finish with a huge improvement from its first day of competition. Three ‘Runners finished the round with identical scores of 75 (+4) to lead CSUB on the day including Cai, who lowered his collegiate best round by two strokes. Cai used two birdies to go one-over on the back nine. Hoover was one-over on the back to finish at 75 while Miller birdied three holes to tie his teammates.
Ibrahim, CSUB's lone senior, finished one stroke behind his teammates with a second-round 76 while junior Nathan Green's 80 (+9) was dropped on Saturday. The five ‘Runners are bunched tightly after two days, separated by a mere six strokes from first to fifth.
Hoover has the CSUB lead with a two-round total of 155 (+13) and is tied for 26th overall. Miller is one stroke back at 156 while Green is third for CSUB at 157. Ibrahim is close behind with a 36-hole total of 160 strokes while Cai sits just one stroke back of Ibrahim.
The ‘Runners posted a team score of 301 (+17), a 21-stroke improvement from their result on the first day of the tournament. CSUB has all but locked up sixth place, leading Chicago State by 43 strokes, while UT Rio Grande Valley remains 28 strokes ahead in fifth.
CSU Bakersfield and the rest of the conference will return to Longbow Golf Club on Sunday, Apr. 30, to close out the WAC Championship with one final round of golf. The Roadrunners will begin teeing off at 8:45 a.m. with staggered starts every nine minutes to avoid backups on the course.