Luke Vivolo, Ben Corfee and Matt Hansen all broke par as UC Davis took control of the El Macero Golf Classic after a dazzling second-round team performance on Saturday.
Vivolo’s 4-under 68 tied Sacramento State’s Owen Taylor for the day’s lowest round and helped give the Aggie men a 562-578 bulge over second-place Cal State Fullerton in the 12-school gathering.
Davis shot 9-under for the day.
Sacramento State — led by Robert Parden and Taylor (145 each) — moved into third place (583) and Grand Canyon, with a 1-under team outing on Saturday, sits at fourth (584). Cal Poly and Colorado State are tied for fifth (594).
The three-day warmup to next week’s Big West Conference finals concludes Sunday at the 51-year-old layout off Mace Boulevard in South Davis. First tee — staggered between holes No.1 and No. 10 — is at 7 a.m. with Aggie golfers expected to start between 8 and 8:45 a.m.
Vivolo’s two-round 138 is second to Titan standout Mark Anguiano (137) and just in front of Hansen and Grand Canyon’s Hayden Webb (141s).
Anguiano, according to Golfstat, is the nation’s 40th-ranked collegiate golfer. Hansen, at No. 70, is the highest-rated Aggie.
“The main thing from this tournament that we’re seeing is that we’ve got five guys who can contribute,” longtime UCD coach Cy Williams told The Enterprise. “It doesn’t have to be just Matt. That’s what makes this a good team.”
UCD’s Josh Granger (143) shot 67 Friday and the senior is tied for sixth with Poly’s Mitchell Martin. Aggie Nicolas Noya (147) is in a six-way tie for 13th.
Corfee, the Davis linkster who starred at Jesuit High, jumped 39 places into an eight-player deadlock at 21st. He shot an up-and-down 80 Friday. In knocking 11 strokes off his score Saturday, the sophomore drew Williams’ praise:
“He was a stud, right from the get-out. He had it at 5-under at one point. I think he wanted to make a little statement after (that first round).
“Sometimes it’s not so easy playing on your home course. You have expectations and people telling you what you’re supposed to shoot because you play here all the time.
“That was good to see, because he’s a great player and today reflected Ben.”
Vivolo, meanwhile, had been at 5-under with no bogies through 15 holes.
“He hits the ball so well,” said a smiling Williams of his second-year player from Carmel. “He’s a very good putter, very even-keel — doesn’t get too high or low on the golf course, which is a tremendous skill to develop.
“Been playing really well for us this spring.”
Vivolo finished third at Bandon Dunes (Oregon) in a March tourney hosted by Gonzaga. The Aggies finished second that weekend.
“And then Matt Hansen…,” Williams started, then stopped to think about how his consistent senior will be missed. “You just get used to saying the same thing every time: He’s a really high-level athlete.
“He’s been our leader all year … and he came out Saturday and was a good leader for us again. It’s been fun to coach him.”
Notes: This tournament has been played at Winchester Country Club in the past. The Meadow Vista layout suffered some weather damage this winter and El Macero CC was tabbed … Might the tourney stay local? “It’s something we’re discussing now,” says Williams, noting that Nevada-Reno is a co-sponsor. “People are having an amazing time out here. The community’s gotten involved, all of the members have been involved. We had the band here on Thursday night. (El Macero) has just really embraced the event and the course is just in awesome condition. The greens are perfect. The members are raving about them.” Take a bow, head groundskeeper Cal Richardson and first assistant Matt Wisely. … Other tournament scores: Nevada (597), Marquette (603), Idaho (603), Seattle (611), Boise State (625), Utah Valley (618). … Playing as individuals, three other Aggies are on the board: Mike Brockington (150) in 29th place, Will Scarlett (157) in a six-player tie at 53rd and Jonny Baxter (158) in a tie for 59th in the 69-golfer field.
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-320-4456.