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Aztecs remain in 15th in Las Vegas


Photo:  PJ Samiere continues to lead the Aztecs at the Southern Highlands Collegiate in Las Vegas.  Courtesy

March 7, 2017 (Las Vegas) - The San Diego State men’s golf team remained in 15th place after shooting a 12-over 300 on the second day of the Southern Highlands Collegiate at the Southern Highlands Golf Course.

Coupled with their 19-over 307 yesterday, the 22nd-ranked Aztecs are at 31-over 607, seven shots behind No. 25 Arizona State (24-over 600) on the par-72, 7,374-yard layout.


PJ Samiere carded SDSU’s lowest score for the second consecutive day with an even-par 72 to move up 16 spots into a tie for 26th at 2-over 146. Samiere, who shot a 74 in the first round on Monday, had four birdies and four bogeys in the second round. Three of his four birdies came on par-5’s.


Blake Abercrombie followed his 3-over 75 yesterday with a 5-over 77 today. After two rounds, his 8-over 152 is tied for 53rd out of 79 players. Abercrombie opened with three bogeys, and finished the round with five bogeys, a double bogey and two birdies.


Otto Vanhatalo was three shots better Tuesday, carding a 5-over 77 and is tied for 72nd at 13-over 157 after two rounds. He had three birdies in Tuesday’s round, but also recorded six bogeys and a double bogey on the par-4, 359-yard fifth hole.


Nahum Mendoza III dropped from a tie for 69th to a tie for 77th after a 10-over 82. Mendoza III, who had a 6-over 78 on Monday, was just 2-over through his first 12 holes, but bogeyed the par-5, 605-yard third and was doomed with an 8 on the par-4, 404-yard fourth. He rebounded with a birdie on the fifth, a par-4, 359-yard hole, but bogeyed the seventh (par-4, 423 yards) and ended with a triple bogey on the ninth (par-5, 579 yards) to finish his round.


Gunn Yang, who was disqualified yesterday, had the second-best round for San Diego State today, carding a 2-over 74. He had two birdies and four bogeys on the day.


Heading into Wednesday’s final round, No. 7 USC leads the way at 7-under, 569, while No. 10 Stanford and No. 4 Oklahoma State are tied for second six shots back at 1-under, 575. No. 33 Pepperdine (+3, 579), No. 11 Texas Tech (+4, 580) and No. 19 UNLV (+4, 580) round out the top five.


California’s Collin Morikawa continues to lead the tournament after carding a 1-under 71 today. His two-round total of 7-under 137 leads USC’s Justin Suh (6-under 138) by one stroke.


The Aztecs wrap up the Southern Highlands Collegiate on Wednesday, teeing off at 10:20 a.m. PT with Arizona State and California.


Southern Highlands Collegiate

Round Two Results

Southern Highlands G.C.

Las Vegas, Nev.

Par 72, 7,374 yards


Team Scores (Top 5 of 15 teams + SDSU)

1. No. 7 USC … 278-291--569 (-7)

T2. No. 10 Stanford … 281-294--575 (-1)

T2. No. 4 Oklahoma State … 286-289--575 (-1)

4. No. 33 Pepperdine … 282-297--579 (+3)

T5. No. 11 Texas Tech … 293-287--580 (+4)

T5. No. 19 UNLV … 288-292--580 (+4)


15. No. 22 San Diego State … 307-300--607 (+31)


Individual Leaders (Top 5 of 79 players + SDSU)

1. Collin Morikawa, California … 66-71--137 (-7)

2. Justin Suh, USC … 70-68--138 (-6)

T3. Maverick McNealy, Stanford … 67-73--140 (-4)

T3. Kristoffer Ventura, Oklahoma State … 73-67--140 (-4)

T5. Hannes Ronneblad, Texas Tech … 71-70--141 (-3)

T5. Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine … 71-70--141 (-3)

T5. Brandon Wu, Stanford … 71-70--141 (-3)


T26. PJ Samiere, SDSU … 74-72--146 (+2)

T53. Blake Abercrombie, SDSU … 75-77--152 (+8)

T72. Otto Vanhatalo, SDSU … 80-77--157 (+13)

T77. Nahum Mendoza III, SDSU … 78-82--160 (+16)

80. Gunn Yang, SDSU … D-74--74 (D)


Day 2 results