LAYTON -- The Weber State men's golf team got off to a tough start at its own Wildcat Invitational on Monday, shooting a two-round total of 601 to sit ninth with 18 holes to play at Valley View Golf Course.
The Wildcats did bounce back a bit in the second round, shooting 13 strokes better in the afternoon with a 294 after opening the tourney with a first-round 307.
Sacramento State jumped out to a six-shot lead after the morning round, and increased its lead to 15 after 36 holes, shooting rounds of 288 and 284 for a total of 572.
Following the Hornets, five teams are in a dogfight for second place, with Boise State and Southern Utah sitting second at 587, and Rollins College, Arkansas-Little Rock, and Oral Roberts tied for fourth at 588.
Cameron Rappleye of Sacramento State leads the individual standings after posting rounds of 68 and 69 for a 36-hole total of 137. Scott Spiewak is right behind, after a second-round 67 put him within a shot. Tyler Sluman of Rollins is third at 142.
Matt Wahlen made a move for the Wildcats in the afternoon, shooting a three-under-par 69 to jump into a tie for 14th overall with a total of 146 on the day. Michael Johnson likewise made a move in the second round, firing a one-over 73 to move into a tie for 31st.
Ty Travis and Alex Sutton each shot identical rounds of 78 and 76 for a first-day total of 154, and are tied for 49th, while Jordan Herzog shot 156.
Jeff Jones played well as an individual, shooting 149 to tie for 23rd. Jacob Ready and Corbin Gale also played as individuals, and both posted 157 on the day to tie for 58th.
The 'Cats will tee off at 8 a.m. in today's final round.
* 'CATS FINISH 14TH AT COWGIRL TOURNEY: At Palm Desert, Calif., the WSU women's golf team continued its fall schedule over the weekend, finishing 14th at the Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate after shooting a three-round total of 980 at the Classic Club.
The Wildcats opened the tournament shooting rounds of 329 and 325 on Saturday, and closed the tournament with a 326 in the final round on Sunday.
Amanda Snyder led the Wildcats, shooting rounds of 80, 77 and 76 for a 54-hole total of 233 to finish in 22nd place. San Diego State ran away with the team title, shooting 888 for a 16-shot win over Fresno State. The Aztecs' Christine Wong took medalist honors after firing a final-round 69 en route to a 216.
Jordan Ulibarri and Sara Federico shot totals of 247 and 248, respectively. Kelsey Chugg shot 254, while Alli Cluff shot 267.
Nyomy Obcemea (259) and Courtney Smith (264) played for Weber State as individuals.
The Wildcats will now have a full month off from competition before their final event of the fall season, when they travel to Arroyo Grande, Calif. for the Cal Poly Lampkin Invitational.