ROUND TWO SUSPENDED FOR SDSU MEN'S GOLF AT ARIZONA TOURNEY

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Tournament to resume Tuesday; Aztecs remain in 10th place

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January 29, 2018 (Tucson) - The San Diego State men's golf team sits in 10th place at the Arizona Intercollegiate after play was suspended on Monday toward the end of round two due to darkness. As a team, the Aztecs remain at 40-over par through holes 14-15 at the par-71, 7,292-yard Sewailo Golf Club when dusk fell.

Battling breezy conditions, San Diego State finished the opening round in a three-way for 14th place with Iowa State and Louisiana Tech after recording an uncharacteristic 41-over-par 325, before climbing four places in the afternoon. The tournament is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, starting at 8 a.m. MT/7 a.m. PT.

Individually, Puwit Anupansuebsai (Nakhon Phanom, Thailand) finds himself in a tie for 21st at 8-over with four holes left in round two. The Aztec freshman opened with an 84, but catapulted 52 places on the leaderboard to his current position thanks to a team-high six birdies, including three straight on holes 15-17 to complete his front nine. With his effort, Anupansuebsai sits just two shots out of the top 10.

Junior Otto Vanhatalo (Espoo, Finland) remains one stroke behind his SDSU teammate in a tie for 25th at 9-over. After logging an 82 in the opening round, the Torrey Pines High alumnus made fortuitous leap of his, climbing 39 places in the standings on the strength of five afternoon birdies, including back-to-back conversions on the 15th and 16th greens.

In addition, sophomore Trevor Norby (Carlsbad, Calif.) and senior Blake Abercrombie (Rocklin, Calif.) ended the day in a 10-way logjam for 52nd at 12-over when play was halted.

After opening with an 80, Norby still slipped three spots in the standings despite minimizing the damage on his scorecard with three pars and two birdies during a current six-hole stretch of the second round.

Abercrombie, meanwhile, experienced a more precipitous drop, falling 19 places on the leaderboard after opening with a 79. The northern California native made birdie on the par-5, 638-yard No. 10 in the round two and has reeled off eight consecutive pars with four holes to go.

Elsewhere, PJ Samiere (Kailua, Hawaii) will be looking for a strong finish on Tuesday after landing in the 82nd spot at 17-over. The Aztec senior carded an opening round, but has generated some momentum of late with

Through holes, Baylor’s Braden Bailey (E) owns a one-shot lead over Andre Garcia of New Mexico (+1), while Charles Corner of UTEP (+2) and UTSA’s Michael Rome (+2) are tied for third.

In the team standings, Baylor (+16) has opened up a five-stroke advantage over second-place Texas A&M (+21), while host Arizona (+24), New Mexico (+26) and Saint Mary’s (+27) round out the top five.

The Aztecs also have four golfers playing in the auxiliary Arizona Medalist Intercollegiate individual tournament, being conducted at the nearby par-72, 6,902-yard Randolph North Course.

Freshman Steve Sugimoto (San Diego, Calif.) is tied for sixth out of 44 competitors at 3-over 147 on rounds of 74-73, while newcomer Christian Banke (Danville, Calif.), who joined the Scarlet and Black at the semester break, is tied for 17th after posting a 9-over 153 (74-79). In addition, senior Pablo Matesanz (Irun, Spain) finds himself one shot behind Banke in a tie for 20th at 10-over 154 (76-78), while freshman Zihao Jin (Beijing, China) carded a 12-over 156 (74-82) to finish the day in a tie for 27th.

Arizona Intercollegiate

Round Two Results

Play Suspended Due to Darkness

Sewailo G.C.

Tucson, Ariz.

Par 71, 7,292 yards

Team Standings (Top 5 of 18 teams + SDSU)

1. Baylor                                             (+16) through holes 12-13

2. Texas A&M                                    (+21) through holes 12-13

3. Arizona                                           (+24) through holes 12-13

4. New Mexico                                   (+26) through hole 13

5. Saint Mary’s                                   (+27) through holes 14-15

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10. San Diego State                          (+40) through holes 14-15

Individual Leaders (Top 4 of 92 players + SDSU)        

1. Braden Bailey, Baylor                                                  (E) through 12 holes

2. Andre Garcia, New Mexico                                         (+1) through 12 holes

T3. Charles Corner, UTEP                                                (+2) through 14 holes       

T3. Michael Rome, UTSA                                                (+2) through 13 holes                      

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T21. Puwit Anupansuebsai, SDSU                                 (+8) through 14 holes

T25. Otto Vanhatalo, SDSU                                            (+9) through 14 holes

T59. Blake Abercrombie, SDSU                                     (+12) through 14 holes

T59. Trevor Norby, SDSU                                                (+12) through 14 holes

T80. PJ Samiere, SDSU                                                   (+17) through 15 holes

Arizona Medalist Intercollegiate

Day One Results

Randolph North G.C.

Tucson, Ariz.

Par 72, 6,902 yards

SDSU Individual Scores Only

T6. Steve Sugimoto, SDSU                                             74-73—147 (+3)

T18. Christian Banke, SDSU                                           74-79—153 (+9)

T23. Pablo Matesanz, SDSU                                           76-78—154 (+10)

T26. Zihao Jin, SDSU                                                       74-82—156 (+12)