Sept. 17, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Junior Cameron Harrell notched his first collegiate victory on Tuesday afternoon, holding off a hard charge by the University of Denver’s Oskar Arvidsson to tie for medalist honors at the second annual Ram Masters Invitational presented by Pedersen Toyota at Fort Collins Country Club.
As a team, however, the Rams came up just short, when the Pioneers - led by Arvidsson’s 6-under 64 - carded a tournament-low round of 272 (-8) during Tuesday’s final 18 to edge CSU by one stroke in the team standings.
“We came up just a little short, and that is obviously disappointing, but your hats off to Denver because they played fantastic, shooting 8-under par to come back and win by a shot,” said Rams’ head coach Christian Newton. “(Denver) came and won the tournament, we didn’t lose it by any means. We were just a little short and we’ll have to learn from that.”
Despite the team coming up one stroke short for the second straight year, the Rams were excited to see Harrell capture his first collegiate win.
“Cam has his first individual win in college, which is huge for him,” added Newton. “It will be a springboard for him moving forward. That’s the kind of player he is, and he needs to see himself in that regard. It’s going to be huge for Cameron and we’re just extremely proud of him.”
Harrell excelled in a pressure-filled day, matching his second-round of 3-under 67 to finish with a three-round score of 204 (-6), tying Arvidsson who tallied an impressive score of 6-under to charge five spots and into a share of the title.
“I knew I had to shoot another good score today to at least give myself a chance, and I did,” said Harrell. “I played well. I felt nervous out there, but I handled the pressure pretty well. So that showed me that I can play in college golf and I’m a good player. There is definitely a lot to build off this week going forward to the rest of the season. I’m really proud of my performance in that sense.”
Two Rams joined Harrell in the top 20, as senior Parker Edens and sophomore Dominic Kieffer carded three-round scores of 214 (+4) to finish tied for 15th. Edens, who shot back-to-back 72s on Monday, shaved two strokes off his score in the final round to move up from a tie for 20th. Kieffer slid three spots with a 2-over 72 in the final round.
CSU true freshman Jimmy Makloski impressed in his collegiate debut, finishing just outside the top-20 in a tie for 22nd with a three-round score of 216 (+6).
Sophomore Brett Wilson rounded out the Rams’ lineup for the tournament and finished tied for 53rd in the 84-player field. CSU junior Patrick Winther (226) and freshman Alec Bone (228) also competed as individuals, finishing tied for 62nd and tied for 71st, respectively.
Denver stormed back from seventh place to take home the team title, one stroke ahead of the Rams who have finished second in the event in each of its first two seasons. Nevada (854), Louisville (855) and Wichita State (856) rounded out the top 5.
Rams give back: Excess food from the event, including boxed lunches from Sunday’s College-Am event, which was cancelled due to weather, was donated to the Timberline Shelter Red Cross … In addition, Colorado State head coach Christian Newton revealed after the tournament that a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to CSU Cares to benefit the relief funds for victims of the recent flooding that has devastated northern Colorado.
|2||Colorado State||280-284-284--848 (+8)|
|5||Wichita State||280-291-285--856 (+16)|
|7||Cal Poly||290-296-277--863 (+23)|
|9||Northern Colorado||287-287-293--867 (+27)|
|10||Sacramento State||288-292-291--871 (+31)|
|11||McNeese State||285-297-291--873 (+33)|
|13||South Dakota State||298-304-290--892 (+52)|
|14||Weber State||294-299-300--893 (+53)|
|Top Individual Scores|
|T1||Oskar Arvidsson (Denver)||72-68-64--204 (-6)|
|T1||Cameron Harrell (Colorado State)||70-67-67-204 (-6)|
|3||Jordan Wright (Cal Poly)||64-74-68--206 (-4)|
|4||Louis Cohen Boyer (Wichita State)||66-74-68--208 (-2)|
|5||Victor Doka (Denver)||71-73-65--209 (-1)|
|T6||Hampus Bergman (McNeese State)||68-71-71--210 (E)|
|T6||Luke Kristo (Sacramento State)||67-71-72--210 (E)|
|T8||Antoine Le Saux (Louisville)||70-71-70--211 (+1)|
|T8||Brian Knoll (Nevada)||72-70-69--211 (+1)|
|T10||Robert Geibel (Louisville)||70-72-70--212 (+2)|
|T10||Kevin Reilly (Rice)||67-74-71--212 (+2)|
|T10||Steven Kupcho (Northern Colorado)||70-72-70--212 (+2)|
|T13||Owen Taylor (Sacramento State)||71-69-73--213 (+3)|
|T13||Nicholas Smits (Nevada)||72-70-71--213 (+3)|
|T15||Landon Michelson (Rice)||71-71-72--214 (+4)|
|T15||Ben Welle (Kansas)||72-74-68--214 (+4)|
|T15||Parker Edens (Colorado State)||72-72-70--214 (+4)|
|T15||Dominic Kieffer (Colorado State)||67-75-72--214 (+4)|
|T19||Robin Sciot-Siegrist (Louisville)||75-70-70--215 (+5)|
|T19||Eric Parish (Wyoming)||75-72-68--215 (+5)|
|T19||Rhyne Jones (Nevada)||68-74-73--215 (+5)|
|Colorado State Scores|
|2||Colorado State||280-284-284--848 (+8)|
|T1||Cameron Harrell||70-67-67--204 (-6)|
|T15||Dominic Kieffer||67-75-72--214 (+4)|
|T15||Parker Edens||72-72-70--214 (+4)|
|T22||Jimmy Makloski||71-70-75--216 (+6)|
|T53||Brett Wilson||73-75-75--223 (+13)|
|T62||Patrick Winther*||80-73-73--226 (+16)|
|T71||Alec Bone*||77-73-78--228 (+18)|
|* Competing as an Individual|
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