March 31, 2003
EL MACERO, Calif. - Cal State Stanislaus holds a one-stroke advantage over Kennesaw State while five other team's including UC Davis, are within two strokes of the lead following the first two rounds at the Aggie Invitational, played on the par 72, 6,853-yard El Macero Country Club Monday afternoon.
Stanislaus (585) will be paired with Kennesaw State (586) and Chico State (587) in the final groups on Tuesday with four other teams within striking distance. Stanislaus may have been the most consistent team on the day, shooting 291-294 in the opening two rounds, but it was Kennesaw that jumped out early, firing an even-par 288 in the morning while Chico State shot a second-round best 290 in the afternoon.
Also in the group tied with Chico State at 587 is UC Davis, which shot 293-294 on Monday. Francis Marion, Western Washington and Cal State Bakersfield are also just two strokes off the lead at 587. Bakersfield held the lead after the morning round, shooting a tournament-best 2-under par, 586.
Individually, Western Washington's Tim Feenstra will take a two-stroke lead into the final round after finishing Monday at 4-under par, 140. Feenstra (70-70-140) was one of two players, along with Stanislaus' Bill Sutt (71-71-142), to shoot below par in both rounds. Sutt is in a group of three players two strokes back, along with Kennesaw's Luke Stephan (69-73-142) and Francis Marion's Dylan Keylock (70-72-142). UC Davis junior Scott Gordon (71-72-143) had his best opening-day of a tournament this season, finishing 1-under par and just three strokes off the lead. Gordon and Kennesaw's Nick Drane (73-70-143) are tied for fifth.
In addition to Gordon, the Aggies were led by sophomore Brett Borchers (73-75-148) , who finished his first two rounds tied for 21st, eight strokes off the pace. Junior Jay Westerlund (72-77-149) is tied for 27th, junior Josh Williams (79-72-151) is tied for 34th and Eric Restrepo (77-75-152) is tied for 42nd.
UC Davis has a second team competing in the tournament, led by Jason Gambonini (69-76-145), who is tied for 10th. The 3-under par, 69, is a season-best for the freshman as the UC Davis "Blue" team (303-300-603) is in 10th place overall. Junior Chris Kilkenny (77-72-149) is tied for 27th, sophomore Roby Seed (77-73-150) is tied for 32nd and sophomore John Lawson, Jr. (80-79-159) is in 64th place.
"It was a good first day of competition," said Aggie Head Coach Cy Williams. "This is such a strong field and there are so many teams near the top, it is going to be a very interesting third round. I think we are in a good position to defend our title from last year and we just have to go out and play well on Tuesday."
Eight of the nation's top 17 NCAA Division II teams are competing this week at the Aggie Invitational. Play concludes at this year's event with a final 18 holes on Tuesday.