Men's golf recap: Edens captures top-10 finish at El Macero Classic

Senior Parker Edens

Senior Parker Edens

April 20, 2014

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EL MACERO, Calif. – Colorado State senior Parker Edens notched a top-10 finish on Sunday, turning in an impressive round to cap a steady weekend of golf at the El Macero Classic in a tie for sixth place. Edens, and fellow team anchors junior Cameron Harrell and sophomore Dominic Kieffer all closed the weekend with strong showings in the final round, but the Rams were unable to come away with a solid fourth score and slid from fifth place into a seventh-place finish at El Macero Country Club.

"I'm so proud of Parker's steady play all week," said Head Coach Christian Newton. "Coach Guetz was with him all week and did a great job helping him. Dom and Cam responded well today and had nice back nines. It was pretty disappointing to have to count a round in the 80s. That hindered any type of strong team finish. But there were only six scores under par today, and we had two of them, which says a lot about Cam, Parker and Dom's rounds."

Edens, a native of Greeley, Colo., continued his ascension up the leaderboard on Sunday. After opening in a tie for 14th on Friday, and moving up to 13th after Saturday’s second round, he carded his lowest round of the tournament, a 1-under 71 during Sunday’s finale to jump seven spots into a tie for sixth place in the 69-player field with a three-round score of 218 (+2). The sixth place tie matched his season-best finish, set in October at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, and marked the fourth top-10 finish of his collegiate career, all coming within the last two seasons.

"Today was a good day," said Edens of his final round of the weekend. “My whole goal today was to stay as patient as possible and be fully committed to every shot. I felt like I did a good job of that and played solid.”

Edens and Harrell turned in the Rams’ first under-par rounds of the 54-hole tournament on Sunday. The duo each tallied four birdies and three bogeys during their rounds. Harrell’s score catapulted him 21 spots on the individual leaderboard, from a tie for 42nd to one stroke outside of the top 20. He finished the tournament in a four-way tie for 21st with a three-round score of 224 (+8), three strokes behind Kieffer.

Kieffer’s final round of even-par 72 moved him from a tie for 21st into a career-best finish of 12th place, the third top-20 finish of his collegiate career, with a 54-hole score of 221 (+5). He eclipsed the 13th place finish that he posted as a true freshman at the 2012 Alister MacKenzie Invitational.

True freshmen Alec Bone and Jimmy Makloski also competed for the Rams over the weekend. Bone’s final round of 80 (+8) figured into the Rams’ scoring in Round 3, while Makloski closed his weekend with a score of 83 (+11). Both players dropped in the individual standings. After opening with rounds of 74 and 73, Makloski sank from a tie for 13th into a tie for 45th. Bone fell from 34th into a tie for 53rd after opening with rounds of 74 and 78.

Co-host UC Davis (856) finished 8-under par to run away with the team title, 16 strokes ahead of second-place CSU Fullerton (872). Grand Canyon (882), co-host Nevada (885) and Sacramento State (886) rounded out the top 5. Cal Poly (887) finished in sixth place, edging the Rams (888) by just one stroke. CSU was nine strokes better than eighth-place Marquette (897). Idaho (900) finished ninth, followed by Seattle (915), Boise State (916) and Utah Valley (930).

UC Davis’ Matt Hansen (210) earned medalist honors after storming back from third place to overcome CSU Fullerton’s Mark Anguiano (212). Anguiano had led following both Friday’s and Saturday’s rounds.

Colorado State now turns its attention to the upcoming Mountain West Championships in Tucson, Ariz.  The event will last three days, beginning Friday at Omni Tucson National Golf Course. The Rams are two-time MW champions, having taken home the team title in both 2008 and 2010.

“I feel really good about my game going into Mountain West Championship this week,” added Edens. “I'm really looking forward to a course I really like this week."

Team Scores
1 UC Davis 283-279-294--856 (-8)
2 CSU Fullerton 285-295-292--872 (+8)
3 Grand Canyon 297-287-298--882 (+18)
4 Nevada 293-304-288--885 (+21)
5 Sacramento State 293-290-303--886 (+22)
6 Cal Poly 303-291-293--887 (+23)
7 Colorado State 297-297-294--888 (+24)
8 Marquette 299-304-294--897 (+33)
9 Idaho 301-302-297--900 (+36)
10 Seattle 305-306-304--915 (+51)
11 Boise State 312-303-301--916 (+52)
12 Utah Valley 311-307-312--930 (+66)
Top  Individual Scores
1 Matt Hansen (UC Davis) 72-69-69--210 (-6)
2 Mark Anguiano (CSU Fullerton) 65-72-75--212 (-4)
3 Hayden Webb (Grand Canyon) 71-70-72--213 (-3)
T4 Mitchell Martin (Cal Poly) 75-68-74--217 (+1)
T4 Ryan Tetrault (CSU Fullerton) 71-74-72--217 (+1)
T6 Mark Geddes (Grand Canyon) 73-69-76--218 (+2)
T6 Parker Edens (Colorado State) 73-74-71--218 (+2)
T6 Nicolas Noya (UC Davis) 74-73-71--218 (+2)
T6 Luke Vivolo (UC Davis) 70-68-80--218 (+2)
T6 Owen Taylor (Sacramento State) 77-68-73--218 (+2)
11 Josh Baskins (Nevada) 71-76-72--219 (+3)
12 Dominic Kieffer (Colorado State) 76-73-72--221 (+5)
T13 Ryan Mulvany (Nevada) 71-77-74--222 (+6)
T13 Aaron Cockerill (Idaho) 71-75-76--222 (+6)
T13 Josh Granger (UC Davis) 67-76-79--222 (+6)
T13 Robert Parden (Sacramento State) 72-73-77--222 (+6)
T17 Nicholas Smits (Nevada) 78-75-70--223 (+7)
T17 C.J. Swift (Marquette) 74-77-72--223 (+7)
T17 Alec Dahlquist (Grand Canyon) 75-74-74--223 (+7)
T17 Camden Price (Cal Poly) 78-73-72--223 (+7)
Colorado State Scores
7 Colorado State 297-297-294 888 (+24)
T6 Parker Edens 73-74-71--218 (+2)
12 Dominic Kieffer 76-73-72--221 (+5)
T21 Cameron Harrell 76-77-71--224 (+8)
T45 Jimmy Makloski 74-73-83--230 (+14)
T53 Alec Bone 74-78-80--232 (+16)

 

 

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