April 29, 2013
SAN JACINTO, Calif. - Jonny Baxter played his final five holes four shots under par on Tuesday, helping him shoot a 3-under 69 at the Big West Championships while leading the UC Davis men's golf team into third place after two rounds at the Country Club at Soboba Springs.
Baxter jumped 19 spots in the individual standings and is tied for fourth at 1 over.
UC Davis was fifth after Sunday's first round but shot a 3-over 291 on Monday while cutting four strokes from its early deficit. The Aggies, who trailed by nine shots, trail Pacific by just five heading into Tuesday's final round.
Pacific (587) is 11 over after 36 holes while Cal State Fullerton (591) is second at 15 over, just one shot ahead of UC Davis (592). Long Beach State (593) and first-day leader Hawai'i (596) are right behind the Aggies.
"It was definitely a better day for us," said Aggie coach Cy Williams. "All five guys were competing and we had a couple get it low. We still thought we left quite a few shots out there so we haven't had our best round yet. That's coming tomorrow."
Baxter led the way with an impressive back nine, particularly over his last five holes. He was even at his turn and 1 over after a bogey on the 13th hole before starting his final run with a birdie on the par-4 14th. A birdie on the 16th hole followed by an eagle on the par-4 17th pushed him to 3 shots below par.
Baxter is five shots back of leader Corey Gard of Cal State Fullerton.
Hansen remained in the top 10 after his round of 74. He was strong on the front nine, carding three straight birdies from the fifth through seventh holes to help him make the turn at 2 under. Hansen went another shot below par before before playing his last nine holes 4 over.
Seramin cut five strokes from his first-day score while picking up two birdies on both the front and back nine holes. Corfee's 75 was highlighted by four consecutive birdies early in his round - he had five overall - while Raber had 15 pars on Monday, including 10 straight to start his day.
"Jonny pulled out our good round today," said Williams. "Honestly, I think if we want to take the trophy home we'll need at least two guys to step up tomorrow. How you win championships is you have great performances and I think we can do it. I think we can get two or three guys to do some good things tomorrow.
"We're in it and we'll be ready to go."
UC Davis, two-time defending champion, will play with Pacific and Cal State Fullerton in Tuesday's decisive round. The Aggies will begin teeing off at 9:25 a.m.
BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS
San Jacinto, Calif.
The Country Club at Soboba Springs
Par 72, 7,137 yards
36 of 54 holes
1. Pacific, 298-289-587
2. Cal State Fullerton, 293-298-591
3. UC DAVIS, 301-291-592
4. Long Beach State, 297-296-593
5. Hawaii, 292-304-596
6. UC Riverside, 302-305-607
7. Cal State Northridge, 304-306-610
8. Cal Poly, 302-309-611
9. UC Santa Barbara, 305-0292-597
10. UC Irvine, 305-293-598
1. Corey Gard, Cal State Fullerton, 69-71-140