March 29, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Tyler Raber closed his second round with two birdies over the final three holes, posting par-70 and moving into an 11th-place tie for the eighth-place UC Davis men's golf team at Stanford's U.S. Intercollegiate on Friday.
UC Davis shot an 8-over 288 team score and is 8-over 568 after 36 holes. The Aggies are one shot behind seventh-place USC (567) and three strokes out of fifth place. Host Stanford shot a 9-under 272, is 17 under overall and leads second-place TCU by 11 shots.
Raber leads the Aggies who also picked up 72's from both B.K. Sobhani and Matt Seramin, a 74 from Matt Hansen and a 76 from Jonny Baxter.
Raber had a pair of birdies and two bogeys on the front nine and then started the back with a double-bogey on the par-4 10th. But he was impressive the rest of the way, carding five straight pars before birdies on the par-5 16th an par-4 18th brought him back to par for the day. He's tied for 11th at 1 under.
Sobhani opened his tournament on Thursday with a 70 and was just 2 over on Friday despite posting only eight pars. He had four birdies on the remaining holes including three on the front nine and is tied for 27th at 2 over.
Seramin complemented his first-round 71 with a 72 as well, playing the first nine holes just 1 over and then picking up two birdies to help him on the back. Seramin is 3 over for the tournament and is tied for 33rd.
Hansen's round of 74 featured two birdies over a three-hole stretch on the back and seven consecutive pars on the front. He's tied for 62nd place at 6 over. Baxter had two birdies on Friday, including one on the first hole, and is tied for 77th at 9 over.
"While we didn't shoot as low as we could have today, we have put
ourselves in very good position to make a run at a strong finish," said Aggie coach Cy Williams. "Tyler played another good around today to lead us. We're looking for five leaders tomorrow."
Both Patrick Rodgers of Stanford and TCU's Paul Barjon shot 66 for the second straight day and are tied for first at 8 under. They lead by four shots.
The tournament's final 18 holes will be played Saturday.