EL MACERO, Calif. - UC Davis junior Ryan Han scored an eagle-3 on the second hole en route to his team's low round of 72 during the second round of play at the El Macero Classic men's collegiate golf tournament at El Macero Country Club Saturday. The even-par round moved him up into the individual top 20, while helping the Aggies maintain fourth place in their home tournament.
UC Davis compiled a team score of 298 on Saturday, one stroke better than Friday's opener for a 36-hole total of 21-over-par 597. That puts the hosts within striking distance of the two highest ranked teams in the tourney: just four strokes back of No. 24/24 UCLA and seven behind No. 12/12 Texas Tech.
Han reached the green in two on the 540-yard No. 2, then proceeded to sink a 30-foot putt for the eagle. Freshman teammate Thomas Hutchison managed a 2-over 74 for the day, giving him a 146-stroke total and a team-leading fifth place on the individual leaderboard.
Senior Brandon Baumgarten carded a 4-over 76 to move into a tie with Han for 16th place. Juniors Tanner Hughes and Jesse Bratz completed the Aggies' team lineup with scores of 77 and 76 on Saturday. Hughes sits in a tie for 39th while Bratz moved up to a share of 55th.
Senior Evan Knight leads the crew of four Aggie individual entrants, shooting 79 on Saturday to head into the final round in a tie for 36th. Sophomore Matt Robinson turned in a 78 to close the day in t52nd, senior Jeremy Sanchez shares a piece of 66th place after an 83 round, and redshirt freshman Andrew Arnheiter is tied for 71st with 165 total strokes in his collegiate debut.
Nevada continues to dominate the 13-team field, carding a 4-under 284 on Saturday toward a 1-under 575 team total. The Wolf Pack is the only team under par through 36 holes, with the 1-2 punch of Grant Booth and Sam Meek leading the medalist race with totals of 3-under-par 141 and 2-under 142 so far.
The El Macero Classic continues on Sunday with a final round of 18 holes. The first teams tee off starting at 7:30 a.m.
2018 EL MACERO CLASSIC, DAY 2
El Macero Country Club (El Macero, Calif.)
Par 72, 7138 yards
TEAM SCORES (36 holes)
1. Nevada, 291-284--575
2. Texas Tech, 303-287--590
3. UCLA, 296-297--593
4. UC Davis, 299-298--597
t5. Cal State Fullerton, 304-294--598
t5. Grand Canyon, 305-293--598
7. TCU, 301-299--600
8. Air Force, 307-305--612
9. Cal Poly, 312-305--617
10. Northern Colorado, 318-309--617
11. Sacramento State, 322-313--635
12. Omaha, 322-321--643
13. Idaho, 317-328--645
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (36 holes)
Leader plus UC Davis participants.
1. Grant Booth, Nevada, 70-71--141
5. Thomas Hutchison, 72-74--146
t16. Ryan Han, 77-72--149
t16. Brandon Baumgarten, 73-76--149
t36. Evan Knight, 74-79--153
t39. Tanner Hughes, 77-77--154
t52. Matt Robinson, 79-78--157
t55. Jesse Bratz, 82-76--158
t66. Jeremy Sanchez, 79-83--162
t71. Andrew Arnheiter, 79-86--165
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