March 21, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Colorado State men's golf team opened play at the 2014 ASU Thunderbird Invitational, finishing Day 1 of the three-day competition in a tie for eighth place in the 15-team field at Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course.
"Today was a very consistent round minus a few bad holes," said Rams head coach Christian Newton. "If we can eliminate those doubles tomorrow I expect a very good round. The field is very strong so any mishap hurts big."
Colorado State was led by the junior duo of Cameron Harrell and Patrick Winther, who each carded rounds of even-par 71 to finish the day one stroke outside of the Top-20 in a tie for 22nd in the 81-player field.
A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., Harrell was particularly steady throughout the day for the Rams, combatting three bogeys with a trio of birdies to notch his 13th round of the season (out of 21 total rounds) at par or better.
Winther, who is in his first season at CSU after two years at Oklahoma State, was even through nine holes and sat at 2-under par after carding an eagle on the Par-5 10th hole - one of just six eagles on the day - to begin the back nine. But the native of Copenhagen, Denmark, carded a bogey on 12, and a double bogey on 16, while collecting a birdie on the 14th hole, to match Harrell's round of even-par 71.
Sophomore Dominic Kieffer, and senior Parker Edens are one and two strokes off the pace set by Harrell and Winther, respectively. Kieffer carded four birdies of his own during Friday's opening round, but also carded a bogey and two double bogeys to finish at 1-over for the day in a tie for 36th. Edens, who is tied for 44th entering Saturday's second round, was also tripped up by a double bogey on the Par-4 ninth hole, erasing a two-under start through eight. He added two more bogeys on the back nine to finish 2-over on the day and round out the scoring for the Rams.
Freshman Jimmy Makloski finished the first round of action at 9-over, including double bogeys on 14 and 16, and bogeys on 15 and 18, after a 2-over start on the front nine.
As a team, the Rams are just three strokes out of the top five, and 16 strokes behind host Arizona State (271) who paces the field with 36 holes left to play. Iowa (278), Iowa State (279) and San Diego (283) are second, third and fourth, respectively, while Wichita State, Denver and Arizona are tied for fifth at even par (284). The Rams are knotted with New Mexico State in a tie for eighth, one stroke ahead of Pepperdine, which rounds out the top 10 with a team score of 288 (+4).
The Rams return to the course tomorrow morning for Round 2. CSU tees off beginning at 9 a.m. MT/8 a.m. PT, paired with Arizona and New Mexico State.
"We had four very steady rounds today," added Harrell. "We just need to find a way to shave a couple shots each off our rounds and we'll move right up the leaderboard. Tomorrow's a big day for us."
Live scoring throughout the ASU Thunderbird Invitational is available at www.GolfStatResults.com.
|1||Arizona State||271 -13|
|3||Iowa State||279 -5|
|4||San Diego||283 -1|
|T5||Wichita State||284 E|
|T8||New Mexico State||287 +3|
|T8||Colorado State||287 +3|
|11||Washington State||290 +6|
|13||St. John's||292 +8|
|15||Fresno State||301 +17|
|Top Individual Scores|
|1||Jon Rahm (Arizona State)||62 (-9)|
|2||Scott Fernandez (Iowa State)||65 (-6)|
|T3||Kevin DeHuff (Pepperdine)||67 (-4)|
|T3||Luis Medina (New Mexico State)||67 (-4)|
|T3||Ki Taek Lee (Arizona State)||67 (-4)|
|T6||Voramate Aussarassakorn (Iowa)||68 (-3)|
|T6||Brian Bullington (Iowa)||68 (-3)|
|T8||Adam Ruben (Denver)||69 (-2)|
|T8||Joe Carlson (San Diego)||69 (-2)|
|T8||Blake Cannon * (Arizona State)||69 (-2)|
|T8||Nick Voke (Iowa State)||69 (-2)|
|T12||Arty Edelman (Denver)||70 (-1)|
|T12||Jeremy Sanders (Pepperdine)||70 (-1)|
|T12||Obe Ayton (St. John's)||70 (-1)|
|T12||Max Rottluff (Arizona State)||70 (-1)|
|T12||Michael Anderson (Washington State)||70 (-1)|
|T12||Alex McMahon (Arizona)||70 (-1)|
|T12||Nicolo Galletti * (Arizona State)||70 (-1)|
|T12||Trey Ka'ahanui * (Arizona State)||70 (-1)|
|T12||Chandler Rusk (Wichita State)||70 (-1)|
|T12||Grant Forrest (San Diego)||70 (-1)|
|Colorado State Scores|
|T8||Colorado State||287 (+3)|
|T22||Cameron Harrell||71 (E)|
|T22||Patrick Winther||71 (E)|
|T36||Dominic Kieffer||72 (+1)|
|T44||Parker Edens||73 (+2)|
|79||Jimmy Makloski||80 (+9)|
|*||Competing as an Individual|
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