Sept. 19, 2011
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Colorado State men’s golf team closed play at the 43rd annual Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational on Monday, carding a team score of 289 (+1) to clinch the team’s first top-5 finish of the young season.
The Rams finished third in the tournament, 13 strokes off the pace set by Mountain West foe UNLV and rival Colorado. The Rebels edged the Buffs in a playoff to take home the team title, while Ball State’s T.J. Carpenter and UNLV’s Kevin Penner tied for medalist honors, one stroke ahead of CSU’s Zahkai Brown and CU’s Kevin Kring. Brown led the Rams with a three-round total of 210 (-6), shooting a 1-over 73 during Monday’s final round.
“We played pretty average today,” said Head Coach Jamie Bermel of the Rams’ final round at the Air Force Academy’s Eisenhower Golf Course. “Zahkai had a chance to win coming down the last few holes, but he just couldn’t get any putts to fall.”
Rams junior Kirby Pettitt and senior Mike Wuertz each shaved strokes off their rounds from Sunday, both moving up eight spots on the individual leaderboard and finishing tied for 15th and tied for 21st, respectively. Pettitt carded a Round 3 score of 71 to finish 1-under for the tournament (72-72-71--216). Wuertz took two strokes off his Round 2 score to finish at even-par (72-73-71--216).
Cameron Harrell (73-70-74--217) finished tied for 26th at 1-over par and Mike Sorenson (72-74-78--224) tied for 56th at 8-over. Parker Edens, competing as an individual, carded rounds of 75-71-77 to finish the tournament in a tie for 51st at 7-over.
The Rams return to the course next Monday, taking on CU in the third-annual Colorado Cup. The Rams are two-time defending champions, having won the inaugural Colorado Cup in 2009 before defending the title in 2010. The Ryder Cup style competition will take place at Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club in Holyoke, Colo.
**Competing as an individual