Feb. 19, 2013
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Two birdies, one on each side of the Greg Norman Course, sparked UC Davis' Matt Seramin to par 71 and help him lead the Aggie men's golf team during a windy second day of action at The Prestige at PGA WEST.
Seramin's score was the low score for UC Davis during the second round which was suspended by darkness. All of the Aggie players finished except Matt Hansen who is 4 over. Players that did not complete the round will do so beginning Wednesday at 7 a.m. with the final round scheduled to start at 8:30.
UC Davis is 24 over as a team and in 11th place. UCLA, one of eight teams still needing to finish the second round, is in first place at 6 under with Washington in second, three shots back. Oklahoma State is 1 under but is still not through the second round.
"It was calm to start today but in the afternoon it got super windy," said Aggie coach Cy Williams. "I am sure the scores reflect that from the different waves."
The Aggies' Tyler Raber is 2 over and tied for 19th after finishing with a 77 on Tuesday, Jonny Baxter had a 79 and is tied for 65th at 10 over, and Ben Corfee carded an 81 and is 19 over and tied for 84th. Hansen who had a 1-under 70 on Monday, is tied for 30th place.
Seramin was 1 under at his turn after posting a birdie on the par-3 4th hole and then went to 2 under when he did the same at the par-4 11th. A pair of bogeys later in the round brought him back to even before three straight pars to end the round gave him his 71. He improved his score from Monday by eight shots.
"Matt Seramin's round was amazing," Williams said. "He played great golf and, most importantly, he fixed the mistakes from yesterday and executed properly."
Hansen also had an early birdie but was 3 over on the front. He is 5 over for his round with three holes yet to play. Raber opened his tournament with a 67 on Monday but lost strokes to par on Tuesday after starting his day with four straight pars. He did finish with three birdies in the second round, including two on the back nine.
Baxter highlighted his round with five pars on the front and six consecutive pars on the back. Corfee had seven pars in a row covering the eighth through 14th holes.
"I hope (Seramin) demonstrated to the rest of our guys that you can still shoot low, even in these tough conditions," Williams said. "If we can all do this tomorrow we can make up a lot of ground as it is going to be really windy again."
Chris Williams of Washington fired a 3-under 68 and is tied for first place at 4 under with Jordan Niebrugge of Oklahoma State and Finley Ewing of Texas Tech. Niebrugge and Ewing, however, were among those still on the course when play was suspended.
Teams will tee off the final round on the first and 10th holes. The 15-team event is being co-hosted by UC Davis and Stanford.