Rams tee off in Oahu
Feb. 20, 2013
OAHU, Hawaii- After a long offseason of preparation and hard work, the Rams were finally back in action at the 37th annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate, where the team saw itself in a tie for third after shooting a score of 292 (+4).
Head Coach Christian Newton expected to see his players work off a bit of rust that comes with a long offseason, but his players persevered to end the first round strong. “We got off to a rough start collectively and turned at +7,” Coach Newton said. “They stayed tough on the back nine in really challenging conditions, especially freshman Dominic Kieffer who had -3 on his final nine holes.”
The wind during the first round at Turtle Bay Resort presented a challenge, but Coach Newton was pleased with his players first 18 holes.
“We are getting more and more comfortable in the high winds. The guys have really embraced the challenge and I couldn’t be happier,” said Newton.
Sophomore Cameron Harrell was one of the Rams that battled the conditions, but finished his first round with an even par 72, and currently sits in a tie for 10th.
“I hit the ball solid today in the wind, but it really came down to me grinding out my round by making a lot of 5-15 foot par putts,” said Harrell.
As Coach Newton highlighted, freshman Dominic Kieffer was crucial to Colorado State. Kieffer, who was four over par on the his first nine holes, rallied to birdie the first, seventh and eighth tees. Kieffer ended his day in a tie for 13th after shooting a 73 (+1).
Senior Kirby Pettitt matched the freshman’s score with a 73 (+1) of his own, and is with Kieffer in a tie for 13th. Freshman Jordan Wetsch, who recorded an eagle on the third hole, is one stroke behind Kieffer and Pettit with a score of 74 (+2). Wetsch is tied in 23rd place. Junior Parker Edens overcame a five over front nine to finish with an even par back nine. Edens carded a 77 (+5) and is in share of 48th place.
Top-ranked California is currently leading the event with a first round score of 284 (-4). California is followed by New Mexico (287), Colorado State (292), Arizona (292), BYU (292), Texas A&M (294), Hawaii-Hilo (296), Texas-El Paso (302), Hawaii (302), UNLV (303), Washington State (305), Nevada (309), Hawaii (B) (309), Denver (310), Utah (312) and BYU-Hawaii (319).
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T3 Colorado State-292
T10 Cameron Harrell-72
T13 Kirby Pettitt-73
T13 Dominic Kieffer-73
T23 Jordan Wetsch-74
T48 Parker Edens-77