April 26, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Colorado State men’s golf team battled windy conditions throughout the second day of competition at the Mountain West Championship Saturday to move up one spot into a tie for fifth place in the team standings with 18 holes to play on the Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Resort.
"The conditions were tough today with steady winds all day,” said Rams’ head coach Christian Newton. “Pat had a nice comeback and Parker’s round was good too, considering the conditions. We had a nice round going through 12 holes, but couldn't close out. Tomorrow will be similar conditions so we will have another try to move up the standings."
Edens, a senior from Greeley, Colo., ascended 17 spots up the individual leaderboard Saturday, pacing the Rams with a Round 2 score of 72. After opening with a 4-over 75 to sit in tie for 39th after the first round, Edens sits one stroke outside the top 20, in a tie for 22nd heading into Sunday’s final round of play.
“Today was tough, the conditions weren't ideal,” said Edens. “It was just a day where you had to hang in there and accept the challenge, nothing was going to be easy. I did that all day; hung in there and played solid. I putted the best I have in a long time and that allowed me to free up the rest of my game. I’m looking forward to another good day tomorrow.”
Sophomore Dominic Kieffer continues to pace the Rams overall in the tournament, sitting two strokes ahead of Edens in a four-way tie for 15th with a two-round score of 145 (+3). Kieffer, a native of Byron, Minn., opened with an even-par 70 on Friday, and carded a 74 (+3) on Saturday to sit one stroke outside of the top 10, and six strokes off the lead shared by teammates Gavin Green and Victor Perez of New Mexico, and San Diego State’s Riccardo Michelini at 139 (-3).
Juniors Cameron Harrell and Patrick Winther rounded out the scoring for the Rams on Day 2. Harrell, is tied for 28th with a two-round score of 149 (+7) after carding an eagle on the par-5 10th hole to finish the second round with a 75 (+4). Winther, who struggled in Round 1 with a score of 82 (+11), shot just 2-over during Saturday’s second round to move into a tie for 48th in the 55-player field.
True freshman Alec Bone, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., fell off his Round 1 pace on Saturday. After opening with an impressive score of 1-over 72 in just his third tournament in the Rams’ lineup, Bone shot 79 (+8) on Saturday to slide from a tie for 16th into a tie for 36th with a 9-over 151.
As a team, the Rams have carded a two-round score of 582 (+18), matching the output of Nevada to sit in a tie for fifth place with the Wolf Pack. New Mexico extended its Round 1 lead on Saturday, moving to 8-under par with a two-round score of 560. San Diego State (569) and UNLV (575) rank second and third, respectively, while Air Force sits four strokes ahead of CSU and Nevada in fourth place. Wyoming and Utah State are tied for ninth place with scores of 593, followed by Boise State and Utah State in a tie for ninth (600) and Fresno State (606) in 11th.
Round 3 is slated to begin at 7 a.m. PT/8 a.m. MT tomorrow morning with tee times set at 10-minute intervals off of Hole 1. The Rams, paired with Air Force and Nevada, will tee off beginning at 8:40 a.m. PT/9:40 a.m. MT.
|1||New Mexico||279-281--560 (-8)|
|2||San Diego State||281-288--569 (+1)|
|4||Air Force||287-295--582 (+14)|
|T5||Colorado State||292-294--586 (+18)|
|T7||Utah State||298-295--593 (+25)|
|T9||Boise State||293-307--600 (+32)|
|T9||San Jose State||292-308--600 (+32)|
|11||Fresno State||307-299--606 (+38)|
|Top Individual Scores|
|T1||Gavin Green (New Mexico)||70-69--139 (-3)|
|T1||Riccardo Michelini (San Diego State)||68-71--139 (-3)|
|T1||Victor Perez (New Mexico)||70-69--139 (-3)|
|4||Kyle Westmoreland (Air Force)||70-70--140 (-2)|
|5||Sam Saunders (New Mexico)||70-71--141 (-1)|
|T6||Carl Jonson (UNLV)||66-76--142 (E)|
|T6||Nahum Mendoza III (San Diego State)||72-70--142 (E)|
|T8||AJ McInerney (UNLV)||74-69--143 (+1)|
|T8||Ryan Mulvany (Nevada)||75-68--143 (+1)|
|T10||James Holley (San Diego State)||72-72--144 (+2)|
|T10||Rhyne Jones (Nevada)||73-71--144 (+2)|
|T10||Reed Platke (Utah State)||75-69--144 (+2)|
|T10||Sean Romero (New Mexico)||72-72--144 (+2)|
|T10||Ty Travis (Boise State)||71-73--144 (+2)|
|T15||Kamrin Allen (Wyoming)||69-76--145 (+3)|
|T15||Andrej Bevins (New Mexico)||69-76--145 (+3)|
|T15||Dominic Kieffer (Colorado State)||71-74--145 (+3)|
|T15||Keenan Nelson (Fresno State)||75-70--145 (+3)|
|T19||Philip Colwell (Air Force)||72-74--146 (+4)|
|T19||Nicholas Maruri (UNLV)||71-75--146 (+4)|
|Colorado State Scores|
|T5||Colorado State||292-294--586 (+18)|
|T15||Dominic Kieffer||71-74--145 (+3)|
|T22||Parker Edens||75-72--147 (+5)|
|T28||Cameron Harrell||74-75--149 (+7)|
|T36||Alec Bone||72-79--151 (+9)|
|T48||Patrick Winther||82-73--155 (+13)|
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