Feb. 20, 2007
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The Colorado State Men's Golf team will travel to Honolulu, Hawai'i to compete in the John Burns Intercollegiate, Feb. 21-23. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be contested at the par-72, 6,917-yard Leilehua Golf Course. Each round of the 22 team tournament will begin with at 11 a.m. MT with a shotgun start. Mountain West teams competing are Brigham Young, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV and Utah,. The Colorado State golfers that will compete are Bryce Hanstad, Zen Brown, Dustin Morris, Aaron Weston, and Derrick Whiting. Southern Methodist University won the the tournament last year.
Last Time Out...
Aaron Weston captured the individual title of the Pat Hicks Thunderbid Invite. He beat Duncan Stewart of Jacksonville in a playoff after recording a birdie on the first hole. Colorado State earned their fourth-straight top-five and sixth-straight top-ten finish at the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invite. The Rams carded rounds of 297-279 to earn them an 576 tournament total and a fifth-place finish. The Pat Hicks Thunderbird is the second tournament this year where three or more Rams have achieved a top-20 finish. Aaron Weston, Bryce Hanstad, and Zen Brown all placed in the top 10. Hanstad played as an individual in the tournament shooting rounds of 67-72 for a 139 two-round total, which earned him a seventh-place finish.
The Rams have earned a top-10 team finish in every tournament this year. Colorado State carded five top-five finishes in six tournaments this year. This beats last year's total in 12 tournaments. The only tournament the Rams did not card a top five is the Tucker Intercollegiate, Sept. 22-23, where the Rams earned 10th place. At least, two Colorado State golfers have earned a top-20 finish in every tournament this year. The Rams earned second place at the first tournament of the season, their highest team finish this season, at the Miranda Invitational Sept. 9-10. There, they carded rounds of 286-280-288. The second-place finish on Sept. 9-10 is their highest finish since the Rice Intercollegiate, Feb. 6-7, 2006.
Senior Aaron Weston recorded rounds of 71-64 at the Pat Hicks Invite. This led him into a tie with Duncan Stewart of Jacksonville at a two-round 135. A playoff ensued, which Weston won on the first hole after recording a birdie. This led Weston to his first career collegiate victory. He becomes the 10th Ram in CSU history to capture an individual tournament victory. His second-round 64 is the second-lowest single round score in Colorado State history. Weston joins Martin Laird and Nolan Martin as the only Rams to ever card this score. It is second only to the 63 Zen Brown carded at the Cougar Classic, April 15, 2006. Weston carded only one sub-par round in his first six of this season. Since, Weston has carded 11-straight par or sub-par rounds. Weston is 14th in the Mountain West in terms of stroke average, and holds a 71.82.
Green, Gold & Brown...
Sophomore Zen Brown earned his sixth-consecutive top-20 finish at the Pat Hicks Invite. Brown recorded back-to-back rounds of 70 to lead him into a tie for ninth place. Brown has carded three top-fives, five top-10s, and six top-20s. In contrast, Brown earned three top-20 finishes in the entire 2005-06 regular season. He has carded 11 straight par or sub-par rounds. The Thunderbird marks the first tournament this year that Brown has not led the Rams. At the Wolf Pack Classic, Oct. 2-3, Brown earned his highest finish of the season, second place. There, he recorded three-straight sub-par rounds (67-70-71) to earn a 208 three-round total, and a second-place finish. Brown was three strokes away from individual champion Dustin Pimm of Utah. Pimm carded a three-round 205. The first-round 67 is Brown's lowest single round score this season. The second place finish is Brown's highest finish of his career. His worst round of the season is a 74 which he carded in the first round of the first tournament of the season, the Miranda Invitational, Sept. 9-10. He began the tournament with a round of 74 and followed up with a 68 and 69 to earn a tie for fourth place with teammate Dustin Morris. The District 7 Shoot-Out is the only tournament this year that Brown did not achieve a top-10 placing. Brown has carded twelve sub-par rounds this year. As of Feb. 20, 2006, Brown is in fourth place in the Mountain West Conference in terms of stroke average. Brown is currently ranked 10th in the Golfstat Cup. He has led the team since the first tournament of the season in stroke average, and holds a 70.05. If the season were to end today, Brown would be first in the category of stroke average in Colorado State history.
Dustin Morris has carded three top-20 finishes in his inaugural collegiate season. Morris earned a tie for 14th at the Barona Collegiate Cup. He posted rounds of 68-75-69 for a 212 three-round total. Morris is tied for second on the team for top-20 finishes, and has three. At the District 7 Shoot-Out, he carded rounds of 70-69-72 for a 211 three-round total which earned him a tie for 18th. The 211 three-round total matches his career low that he posted at the Miranda Invitational Sept. 9-10. At Colorado Springs, Colo., Morris carded rounds of 72-70-69 to achieve a 211 three-round total and a tie for fourth place with teammate Zen Brown. Morris missed a top-20 finish by one stroke at the Wolf Pack Classic. Morris tied for 26th after posting rounds of 77-73-67. This led him to a 217 three-round total. The final round 67 is his
lowest career single round. Morris is currently 21st in the Mountain West in terms of stroke average and holds a 72.29.