Oct. 29, 2012
STOCKTON, Calif.- Colorado State put itself in solid position to make some noise the next two days, as the Rams carded a team score of 279 (-9) in the first round of the Pacific Invitational, and currently sit in a tie for fifth place.
“We certainly left some chances out there, but I think we have the potential to play much better,” Coach Christian Newton said. None of the Rams put up flashy scores, but Coach Newton was very pleased with the consistency of his team. “You can’t win the golf tournament the first day, but you can certainly lose it. We can certainly tighten up our wedge play and we’ll be in good shape heading into the last two rounds.”
Senior Kirby Pettitt is tied for ninth after firing a 69 (-3). He leads the individual field with a total of 15 pars.
“I thought I did a good job of managing my game because I didn’t hit it particularly close or make many putts,” Pettitt said. “I did make a few really good par putts when I needed too.”
Kory Harrell was one of only eight players to sink an eagle, while his brother Cameron was among the leaders in par-four and par-five scoring. Parker Edens made par in 14 out of 18 holes, and remains one of the Rams most consistent players. Freshman Dominic Kieffer was the only Ram above par, as he shot a 73 (+1) and is currently in a tie for 41st.
The Rams are only five strokes down from the top spot on the leader board, as Pacific and Kansas State (274) are currently sharing first place. The two teams are followed by Brigham Young (275), Charlotte (278), Colorado State (279), UC Davis (279), Denver (280), Santa Clara (282), Nevada (285), Fresno State (289), CSU Northridge (293) and Sacramento State (296).
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