March 30, 2014
STANFORD, Calif. – The Colorado State men’s golf team closed play at The Goodwin on Sunday afternoon, finishing in a tie for 13th behind a career-best round by true freshman Alec Bone at Stanford Golf Course.
"We had a really nice round going today," said Rams’ head coach Christian Newton. "We were even-par through 13 holes which was very good, but we failed to finish the round off playing 9-over on the way in.
“There were many positives to take from this week. We showed we are good enough to compete with the best teams in the country on an NCAA regional course setup. Alec's round today is the kind of golf he is capable of, and Patrick, Dom, and Parker also had nice single round efforts throughout the week."
Bone, making his first appearance in the Rams’ lineup after three previous tournaments as an individual competitor, shot an even-par 70 during Sunday’s final round, the best of his young career at Colorado State. The Phoenix, Ariz., native opened the weekend with rounds of 76 and 75 to finish with a 54-hole score of 221 (+11) in a tie for 65th.
“I felt good coming off the course yesterday, knowing I made a lot of good swings and got a lot of good looks at birdie and just didn't make any," said Bone of his growing confidence heading into Sunday's final round. "I felt like if I got the same looks today, some of them were going to fall, and they did. I made six birdies and birdied three out of five par 3s, I came back from my bad holes very well. Overall I think I took a big step forward to the level at which I see myself playing on a regular basis."
Junior Patrick Winther and sophomore Dominic Kieffer closed the tournament as the Rams’ top overall finishers, tying for 41st in the 93-player field. Winther shot 4-over Sunday to figure into the scoring, while Kieffer followed up his impressive round of 68 on Saturday with a 5-over 75 on Sunday and did not score for the Rams. The duo both finished the weekend at 6-over (216).
Senior Parker Edens slid outside of the top-50 on Sunday, but bounced back from his Round 2 of 77, to shoot a 73 in Round 3. He opened the week with a 1-under 69 and finished play with a three-round score of 219 (+9), three strokes off the pace set by Kieffer and Winther.
Junior Cameron Harrell also improved his score during Round 3. After opening with back-to-back scores of 75 on Friday and Saturday Harrell, the Rams’ season leader in stroke average, shaved three strokes to finish Sunday with a 2-over 72 and move into a tie for 71st with a score of 222 (+12).
As a team, Colorado State dropped from 10th into a tie with Loyola Marymount for 13th on the final day of action. The Rams combined to shoot a team score of 866 (+26), finishing 51 strokes behind host and team champion Stanford (815), but just five strokes outside of the top 10.
Behind Stanford, USC and UCLA tied for second (835), followed by a fourth-place finish from Washington (839). Oregon and UAB finished in a tie for fifth place, shooting scores of 843 (+3). Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers closed out the wire-to-wire victory, shooting a three-round score of 196 (-14) to run away with medalist honors by six strokes.
The Rams return to the course April 18-20 for the team’s penultimate tournament of the spring schedule at the El Macero Classic (formerly the Winchester Classic). The event is hosted by UC Davis and Nevada, and will be held at the El Macero Country Club in El Macero, Calif.
|T2||Southern California||278-285-272--835 (-5)|
|7||St. Mary's (CA)||271-296-285--852 (+12)|
|9||Fresno State||289-286-284--859 (+19)|
|10||UC Davis||287-295-279--861 (+21)|
|T13||Loyola Marymount||286-297-283--866 (+26)|
|T13||Colorado State||286-291-289--866 (+26)|
|15||Washington State||288-297-290--875 (+35)|
|16||San Diego State||281-299-297--877 (+37)|
|17||San Francisco||293-291-296--880 (+40)|
|18||San Jose State||289-313-289--891 (+51)|
|Top Individual Scores|
|1||Patrick Rodgers (Stanford)||63-69-64--196 (-14)|
|2||Rico Hoey (Southern California)||66-69-67--202 (-8)|
|3||Cameron Wilson (Stanford)||69-70-65--204 (-6)|
|T4||Paul Dunne (UAB)||70-69-66--205 (-5)|
|T4||Jack Perry (Northwestern)||69-68-68--205 (-5)|
|T4||Maverick McNealy (Stanford)||66-69-70--205 (-5)|
|T7||Jonathan Sanders (Washington)||72-69-66--207 (-3)|
|T7||Anthony Paolucci (Southern California)||70-68-69--207 (-3)|
|T7||Anton Arboleda (UCLA)||72-67-68--207 (-3)|
|T10||Cheng-Tsung Pan (Washington)||68-70-70--208 (-2)|
|T10||Sulman Raza (Oregon)||68-72-68--208 (-2)|
|T12||Carl Jonson (UNLV)||69-70-70--209 (-1)|
|T12||Kurt Kitayama (UNLV)||70-69-70--209 (-1)|
|T12||Jonathan Garrick (UCLA)||70-69-70--209 (-1)|
|T12||Brandon McIver (Oregon)||66-70-73--209 (-1)|
|T16||Wilson McDonald (UAB)||69-70-71--210 (E)|
|T16||Paul Smith (Southern California)||71-73-66--210 (E)|
|T16||Viraat Badhwar (Stanford)||70-73-67--210 (E)|
|T16||Matt Pinizzotto (UCLA)||68-71-71--210 (E)|
|T20||Matt Hansen (UC Davis)||73-73-65--211 (+1)|
|T20||Cody Robinson (St. Mary's (CA))||66-76-69--211 (+1)|
|T20||Tyler Torano (Loyola Marymount)||68-72-71--211 (+1)|
|T20||Manav Shah (UCLA)||67-71-73--211 (+1)|
|Colorado State Scores|
|T13||Colorado State||286-291-289--866 (+26)|
|T41||Patrick Winther||69-73-74--216 (+6)|
|T41||Dominic Kieffer||73-68-75--216 (+6)|
|T55||Parker Edens||69-77-73--219 (+9)|
|T65||Alec Bone||76-75-70--221 (+11)|
|T71||Cameron Harrell||75-75-72--222 (+12)|
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