The Cal Poly men’s golf team moved into second place after two rounds of play heading into the final day at the Big West Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley.
Cole Nygren shot a second-day 70 to lead the Mustangs to a four-person 1-under 287 on Tuesday, six strokes better than Monday’s round on the 6,930-yard, par-72 course.
UC Riverside shot a tournament-best 280 on Tuesday to take first place with a 2-under 574 total. Cal Poly trails UC Riverside by six strokes and UC Santa Barbara sits a stroke back of the Mustangs.
The Gauchos, who led on Monday with a 287, recorded a score of 294 on the second day.
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Nygren is tied for sixth place overall with an even-par 144 total, and defending Big West individual champion Justin De Los Santos enters the final round in 24th place with a 149 total.
Nygren’s round Tuesday included three birdies, three bogeys and an eagle on the 537-yard, par-5 15th hole.
Jesse Yap is tied for 15th place with a 145 total after a 71 on Tuesday.
Jimmy Castles, who was tied for second place after the first round, dropped to 17th after a 76 on Tuesday for a 146 total.
Nick Engelhardt carded a 73 to move up to 21st place with his 148 total.
Ben Corfee of UC Davis shot a 68 on Tuesday to jump from 15th place into a three-way tie for the lead with Brandon Bauman of UC Santa Barbara and Daniel Chian of Long Beach State, each with 3-under 141 totals. Both Bauman and Chian shot 69s on Tuesday to move from seventh into first.
First-round leader Zach Smith of UC Santa Barbara shot a 75 on Tuesday to fall into a tie for sixth.
Wednesday’s final round begins at 7:30 a.m., with Cal Poly teeing off from the first tee at 8:15 a.m.