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Cal Poly Fifth After Two Rounds of Play in Geiberger Invitational

Cal Poly Fifth After Two Rounds of Play in Geiberger Invitational


LA QUINTA, Calif. — Jimmy Castles carded a 71 in the opening round and Tanner Podres added a career-best 70 in the second round to highlight Cal Poly's performance on the opening day of the Geiberger Invitational on Monday at the PGA West Nicklaus Tournament Course.

Podres opened with a 75 and Castles (pictured at right) finished with a 74 as the Mustang pair are tied with five other golfers for 18th place in the 12-team tournament on the 7,204-yard, par-72 course.

Nick Engelhardt posted rounds of 75 and 71 and is in a tie for 25th place with a 146 total while Nathan Clark is tied for 37th place following rounds of 78 and 71.

As a team, Coach Scott Cartwright's Mustangs are in fifth place with a four-over-par 580 aggregate after carding a four-person 294 in the morning and a 286 in the afternoon.

Fresno State is first after two rounds of play with a nine-under-par 567 total, followed by Loyola Marymount (569), Santa Clara (572) and Brigham Young (574).

Final round is set for Tuesday morning.

Alex Lee of Fresno State is the 36-hole leader with back-to-back 68s from the black tees for an eight-under-par 136 total and a four-stroke lead over three other golfers.

Michael Cliff of Fresno State, Matthew McCarty of Santa Clara and Grant Renegar of Florida Gulf Coast share second place with 140 aggregates. McCarty carded the best round of the day with a 67 in the afternoon.

Cal Poly's Thomas Lehman is tied for 51st place with a 73 and 79 for a 152 total while Sage Casaga, competing as an individual, is tied for 60th place with a 156 total after posting an 80 and 76.

Castles is fifth in par-4 scoring at one under par while Clark is fifth in par-5 scoring at five under par. Podres is fourth with nine birdies on the day.