SCU Golfers Within Striking Distance at UCI Invite

IRVINE, Calif. – The last three California State Amateur champions are 1-2-3 on the individual leaderboard at the UC Irvine Invitational at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach.

After 36 holes, Cal State Northridge's Nick Delio leads the event at 6-under while Santa Clara's Scott Travers and Cal Poly's Geoff Gonzalez are tied for second at 3-under. Santa Clara is third as a team, nine shots behind Arizona, the overnight team leaders.

"Winning tomorrow is doable, but we are nine shots back so that puts some pressure on us," said SCU head coach Rob Miller. "This is a hard golf course, not a lot of flat holes … there's a reason just a few guys are under par."

The Broncos won the event in 2006 and 2008 and tied for first a year ago. Travers won his first college tournament at the UCI event in '08.

"I think we are shaking out the cobwebs a little bit," said Miller about his team's 2011 spring debut. "We are within striking distance, that's all we can ask for. If we have a good front nine tomorrow morning that could put some pressure on (Arizona)."

18 holes of final-round play begin early Tuesday morning.

TEAM LEADERBOARD

1 Arizona, U. of 285 292 577
2 UC Irvine 292 293 585
3 Santa Clara Univ. 294 292 586
4 Sacramento State 294 295 589
5 Cal Poly 297 293 590
6 UC Santa Barbara 293 298 591
7 CSU-Northridge 302 290 592
8 Saint Mary's (CA) 295 300 595
9 CSU-Fullerton 304 295 599
Loyola Marymount U. 292 307 599
11 UC Riverside 306 298 604

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD

1 Nick Delio CSUN 71 67 138
2 Scott Travers SantaClara 71 70 141
Geoff Gonzalez Cal Poly 69 72 141
4 Cameron Rappleye Sac State 72 70 142
Jake Johnson Sac State 73 69 142
Jonathan Khan Arizona 70 72 142
7 *Sam Smith USC 71 73 144
Bryan Harris UC-Irvine 69 75 144
9 Allan Jun UC-Irvine 75 70 145
Tyler Torano Loyola-Mar 68 77 145
Glen Scher UC-SaBarba 69 76 145
Henrik Holm St. Mary's 73 72 145

3 Santa Clara Univ. 294 292 586
T 2 Scott Travers 71 70 141
T 17 Bobby Monaco 72 75 147
T 22 Cory Mehl 75 73 148
T 36 Scott Lowe 76 75 151
DQ Rick Lamb DQ 74*

*Signed an inaccurate scorecard by mistake