Men's golf recap: Rams finish ninth at Del Walker Intercollegiate

Sophomore Dominic Kieffer

Sophomore Dominic Kieffer

March 4, 2014

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Colorado State men’s golf team wrapped up play at the Del Walker Intercollegiate on Tuesday at the Virginia Country Club, finishing with a disappointing ninth-place showing despite top-20 finishes by sophomore Dominic Kieffer and senior Parker Edens.

“Our finish today was disappointing,” said head coach Christian Newton. “We only shot one round under par individually for the tournament on a very easy golf course. There was very little separation in this field so every shot was huge. I’m very frustrated to see this group play below expectations. We have to find a way to shoot a score when we don't have all facets of our games on.”

Kieffer, a sophomore from Byron, Minn., carded the Rams’ lone score under par in Tuesday’s final round thanks, in part, to an impressive shot for eagle on the par-4 ninth hole which salvaged a slow start that included a pair of bogeys on the front nine.

“It was a slow start for me but on nine I had some help from above when my ball found the cup from the fairway,” said Kieffer. “I missed a few birdie putts coming in but altogether not too bad of a day.  As a team we were consistent but not low enough this week.”

Kieffer, who opened up with back-to-back rounds of 71 (+1) on Monday, jumped six spots into a tie with Edens and six others for 16th, with his 1-under 69 on Tuesday. It marked Kieffer’s second round in the 60s this season, and his third overall in 52 career rounds at the collegiate level, while his three-round total of 211 equaled a season-low, three-strokes off his career-low score set as a freshman last season at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational.

Edens, who opened with back-to-back rounds of even-par 70 on Monday, tallied three bogeys and a pair of birdies on Tuesday to slide one spot on the individual leaderboard into a tie for 16th.

Junior Patrick Winther and freshman Jimmy Makloski rounded out the scoring for the Rams on the day. Winther overcame bogeys on the par-4 second hole, the par-3 seventh and the par-3 10th with birdies on the par-5 12th, the par-4 14th and the par-4 16th to finish at even-par on the day in a tie for 30th with a three-round total of 214 (+4).

Makloski closed out his tournament two strokes behind Winther in a tie for 35th. He shot 2-over on Tuesday and 6-over for the tournament to compile a three-round total of 216.

Junior Cameron Harrell failed to figure into the scoring for the first time in 20 rounds this season. He stumbled out of the gate with a bogey on two, and double bogeys on No. 3 and No. 5.  And after carding back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12, he bogeyed No. 17 to finish at 5-over for the day and 8-over for the tournament with a score of 218 to capture a tie for 45th.

Freshman Logan Iverson, competing as an individual, closed the tournament at 17-over with a three-round score of 227 to place 61st in the 64-player field.

As a team, the Rams were 13 strokes off the pace set by the Minnesota, which captured the team title with three-round team total of 836 (-4). Arizona and UC Santa Barbara finished one stroke behind the Golden Gophers at 3-under, while host Long Beach State (-2) and Wichita State (E) rounded out the top-5. 

LBSU’s Kevin Lee captured medalist honors by firing a 63 (-7) on Tuesday to jump from 10th place and take a one-stroke victory over Cal State Northridge golfer Kyler Sauer.

The Rams will look to get back on track later this month with a pair of key tournaments hosted by Pac-12 foes Arizona State (ASU Thunderbird Invitational, March 21-23) and the Stanford (Stanford Intercollegiate, March 28-30).

“We have two huge events coming up so we will put this behind us and try to get better every day moving forward,” said Newton.

Team Scores
1 Minnesota 280-276-280--836 (-4)
T2 Arizona 272-285-280--837 (-3)
T2 UC Santa Barbara 277-279-281--837 (-3)
4 Long Beach State 285-283-270--838 (-2)
5 Wichita State 281-284-275--840 (E)
6 CSU Fullerton 277-276-288--841 (+1)
7 Denver 292-280-275--847 (+7)
8 CSU Northridge 291-279-278--848 (+8)
9 Colorado State 284-283-282--849 (+9)
10 Kansas State 289-283-289--861 (+21)
11 Grand Canyon 292-290-280--862 (+22)
Top  Individual Scores
1 Kevin Lee (Long Beach State) 69-70-63--202 (-8)
2 Kyler Sauer (CSU Northridge) 72-63-68--203 (-7)
3 Mark Anguiano (CSU Fullerton) 66-66-73--205 (-5)
4 Jon Trasamar (Minnesota) 66-70-70--206 (-4)
T5 Erik Oja (Arizona) 68-69-70--207 (-3)
T5 Alex Gaugert (Minnesota) 69-69-69--207 (-3)
T7 Louis Cohen Boyer (Wichita State) 70-73-65--208 (-2)
T7 Alex McMahon (Arizona) 69-71-68--208 (-2)
T7 Glen Scher UC (Santa Barbara) 65-73-70--208 (-2)
T10 Grant Bennett (Wichita State) 69-73-67--209 (-1)
T10 Benson Liu (Arizona) 66-72-71--209 (-1)
T12 Ole Ramsnes (Denver) 70-69-71--210 (E)
T12 Jose Mendez (Minnesota) 72-69-69--210 (E)
T12 Jordan Epstein (UC Santa Barbara) 74-65-71--210 (E)
T12 Mark Geddes (Grand Canyon) 72-67-71--210 (E)
T16 Oskar Arvidsson (Denver) 76-69-66--211 (+1)
T16 Dominic Kieffer (Colorado State) 71-71-69--211 (+1)
T16 Chandler Rusk (Wichita State) 70-70-71--211 (+1)
T16 Parker Edens (Colorado State) 70-70-71--211 (+1)
T16 JJ Holen (Long Beach State) 70-69-72--211 (+1)
T16 Brett Silvernail (UC Santa Barbara) 71-69-71--211 (+1)
Colorado State Scores
9 Colorado State 284-283-282--849 (+9)
T16 Parker Edens 70-70-71--211 (+1)
T16 Dominic Kieffer 71-71-69--211 (+1)
T30 Patrick Winther 72-72-70--214 (+4)
T35 Jimmy Makloski 74-70-72--216 (+6)
T45 Cameron Harrell 71-72-75--218 (+8)
61 Logan Iverson * 76-75-76--227 (+17)
* Competing as an Individual

 

 

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