Neither Matt Hansen nor Geoff Gonzalez is having the golf performance he envisioned at the men’s NCAA Championships.
Hansen, a freshman at UC Davis and a former Morro Bay High standout, was too sick to continue two shots into Wednesday’s second round, and Gonzalez, a Cal Poly senior, is lingering close to the bottom of the leaderboard.
After a first round where he shot a 1-over 73 and was tied for 34th at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., on Tuesday, Hansen woke up experiencing dizziness and nausea with a fever, sore throat, cough and clammy hands, his mother, Kristin Hansen, said.
“He was extremely exhausted, and he slept 10-and-a-half hours,” Kristin Hansen said. “He was so tired he could barely sit up. It really knocked him down.”
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Matt Hansen attempted to play, hitting a tee shot and a second shot on the first hole before deciding to withdraw.
Hansen is unlikely to play in today’s final round. The only UC Davis competitor at the event, Hansen is no longer able to compete for the individual championship.
Even if he were granted a special exception and allowed to play by the NCAA, Hansen’s parents booked him an early morning flight back to California.
Hansen’s ailment remains undiagnosed, Kristin Hansen said, but he battled similar symptoms in February, when illness forced him to miss three weeks of classes and two tournaments.
UC Davis coach Cy Williams told GolfWeek.com that Matt Hansen had been ill since they arrived in Stillwater days ago and remained so even through his first-round effort.
“That was an incredible round,” Williams said. “He was so sick. If he were feeling well, there’s no telling how low he could have gone.”
Gonzalez, the first Cal Poly golfer to compete in the NCAA Championships, had three birdies on his final five holes of the day but still ended up with his second straight 9-over 81.
Gonzalez’s scorecard also included three bogeys, three double-bogeys and a triple-bogey.
After a stirring birdie-filled comeback effort to become one of only six individual regional qualifiers to advance to the NCAA Championship a week-and-a-half ago, Gonzalez fell to a tie for 141st in the 156-player field.