April 27, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Colorado State men’s golf team closed play at the Mountain West Championship on Sunday, finishing in fifth place behind a pair of top-20 scores by sophomore Dominic Kieffer and senior Parker Edens on the Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Resort.
"Overall it was a good day for us," said Rams' head coach Christian Newton. "I was very pleased with Pat, Dom, and Parker's rounds. It was great to see Parker close out his career on a good note. He has been a solid contributor for us, and I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching him these past 2 years. For Pat to come back with rounds of 73 and 71 after his rough first round shows a lot about his toughness. Dom notched a top-10 finish which was great to see after he got off to a rough start today."
Kieffer, a native of Byron, Minn., paced the Rams from wire-to-wire en route to a career-best finish. After opening with rounds of 71 and 74, he closed on Sunday with a 1-under 70, to finish with a 54-hole total of 215 (+2) and climb from a tie for 15th into a tie for 10th, eclipsing his 12th-place showing at last week’s El Macero Classic.
"The course was much more playable today,” said Kieffer. I made a couple of bogeys early but I stayed patient and kept giving myself chances at birdie. The putter got hot for a stretch of holes today. I was glad to see Parker finish off his career at CSU with a good round. The team had a good showing today. A lot of positives can be taken out of this finish."
Edens, the lone senior on the Rams’ squad closed his CSU career in impressive fashion. The Greeley, Colo., native finished his third MW Championship with a personal-best showing – a tie for 15th – in the event, two strokes off the pace set by Kieffer. He improved with each round over the weekend, opening with a 4-over 75 on Friday, carding a 1-over 72 on Saturday, and matching Kieffer’s 1-under-par round of 70 during Sunday’s final round. It marked Edens’ 13th top-20 finish since transferring to CSU following his freshman campaign at South Dakota State.
Juniors Patrick Winther and Cameron Harrell each finished with three-round totals of 226 (+13), to tie for 41st. Winther shot an even-par 71 on Sunday to jump seven places from a tie for 48th, while Harrell slid from 29th with a third-round score of 77 (+6).
True freshman Alec Bone, from nearby Phoenix, Ariz., finished his first MW Championship tournament two strokes behind Winther and Harrell in a tie for 45th with a three-round score of 228 (+15).
As a team, the Rams carded a combined, three-round score of 874 (+22). New Mexico captured the team title by shooting a 6-under 846, three strokes ahead of second-place San Diego State (849), five strokes better than third-place UNLV (851) and 15 strokes ahead of fourth-place Air Force (861). Nevada (878) finished in sixth place, four strokes behind the Rams, followed by San Jose State (883), Wyoming (884) and Utah State (885), which finished seventh through ninth, respectively, separated by just one stroke each. Fresno State placed 10th with a score of 903, while Boise State finished 11th with a score of 904.
UNM’s Gavin Green took home medalist honors, winning a playoff hole against SDSU’s Riccardo Michelini. Each finished regulation with a 54-hole total of 209 (-4).
|1||New Mexico||279-281-286--846 (-6)|
|2||San Diego State||281-288-280--849 (-3)|
|4||Air Force||287-295-279--861 (+9)|
|5||Colorado State||292-294-288--874 (+22)|
|7||San Jose State||292-308-283--883 (+31)|
|9||Utah State||298-295-292--885 (+33)|
|10||Fresno State||307-299-297--903 (+51)|
|11||Boise State||293-306-305--904 (+52)|
|Top Individual Scores|
|T1||Gavin Green (New Mexico)||70-69-70--209 (-4)|
|T1||Riccardo (Michelini San Diego State)||68-71-70--209 (-4)|
|3||Carl Jonson (UNLV)||66-76-68--210 (-3)|
|4||Kyle Westmoreland (Air Force)||70-70-71--211 (-2)|
|T5||Victor Perez (New Mexico)||70-69-73--212 (-1)|
|T5||Xander Schauffele (San Diego State)||71-75-66--212 (-1)|
|T7||Philip Colwell (Air Force)||72-74-67--213 (E)|
|T7||Sean Romero (New Mexico)||72-72-69--213 (E)|
|9||Nicholas Maruri (UNLV)||71-75-68--214 (+1)|
|T10||Dominic Kieffer (Colorado State)||71-74-70--215 (+2)|
|T10||Nahum Mendoza III (San Diego State)||72-70-73--215 (+2)|
|T10||Ryan Mulvany (Nevada)||75-68-72--215 (+2)|
|T10||Sam Saunders (New Mexico)||70-71-74--215 (+2)|
|14||Cody Blick (San Jose State)||74-74-68--216 (+3)|
|T15||Parker Edens (Colorado State)||75-72-70--217 (+4)|
|T15||James Holley (San Diego State)||72-72-73--217 (+4)|
|T15||Zane Thomas (UNLV)||73-75-69--217 (+4)|
|T18||AJ McInerney (UNLV)||74-69-75--218 (+5)|
|T18||Ryan Wallen (Wyoming)||73-75-70--218 (+5)|
|T20||Kurt Kitayama (UNLV)||70-78-71--219 (+6)|
|T20||Ty Travis (Boise State)||71-73-75--219 (+6)|
|Colorado State Scores|
|5||Colorado State||292-294-288--874 (+22)|
|T10||Dominic Kieffer||71-74-70--215 (+2)|
|T15||Parker Edens||75-72-70--217 (+4)|
|T41||Cameron Harrell||74-75-77--226 (+13)|
|T41||Patrick Winther||82-73-71--226 (+13)|
|T45||Alec Bone||72-79-77--228 (+15)|
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