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Tournament: ASU Thunderbird Invitational
Date: March 18-19
Host: Arizona State University
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Course: ASU’s Karsten Golf Course
Course Par/Yardage: Par 71 / 7,002 yards
Host Web Site: http://www.thesundevils.com
Live Scoring: http://www.GolfStat.com
Tournament Field (15): Colorado State, Arizona State, Arizona, Cal Poly, California, Hawaii, Iowa State, Nevada, San Diego, San Francisco, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UNLV, Utah, Washington
Next on the Tee: The Colorado State men’s golf team continues its spring portion of the season at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, March 18-19. The two-day tournament, hosted by Arizona State University, will be played at ASU’s Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. It will be a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start on Saturday (Rams playing with Cal, Utah and Arizona off No. 5-8) and tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Handicapping the Field: There are 15 teams in the field for the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. Joining the #66 Rams, according to Golfweek, will be host Arizona State (#26), UNLV (#16)
Washington (#39), Iowa State (#42), California (#73), Arizona (#76), San Francisco (#90), Cal Poly (#92), Hawaii (#211), Nevada (#114), Utah (#127), UC Irvine (#135), San Diego (#167) and UC Riverside (#221).
Lineup for the ASU Thunderbird Invitational: The Rams are in a standard play five, count four event this event. For CSU, the lineup for the team will be:
1. Blake Cannon
2. Jake Staiano
3. Max Oelfke
4. Colton Yates
5. AJ Ott
Last Time on the Tee: Colorado State struggled in the final round and finished 10th at the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic, March 13. The two-day, 54-hole tournament, co-hosted by San Diego State University and the University of San Diego, was played at San Diego Country Club (Par 72 – 7,033 yards) in Chula Vista, Calif.
The No. 66 Rams started the day in a tie for third, but couldn’t find their stride in the final 18 holes and shot an 11-over 297 to finish at 8-over 872. No. 27 Mississippi, who was tied with CSU through 36 holes, shot a tournament-best 15-under 273 in the last round to post a 16-under 848 and win by 14 shots. No. 24 North Carolina, No. 56 Middle Tennessee and No. 13 Texas tied for second at 2-under 862, with No. 49 New Mexico and No. 29 San Diego State tying for fifth at even-par 864.
The Rams were led by sophomore Jake Staiano, who tied for 11th at 3-under 213, posting his fourth top-20 finish of the year. Senior Blake Cannon tied for 39th with a 4-over 220, while freshman AJ Ott and junior Colton Yates were one shot back of their teammate at 5-over 221, tying for 43rd. Junior Max Oelfke completed the CSU scoring at 12-over 228, tying for 69th. (complete recap on page 6)
Showing the Growth: Under head coach Christian Newton, CSU continues to show growth on the national stage, as the Rams play a high-level schedule each year. With the performance in the season, Newton’s teams moved to a 57.3 percent winning record in his five years according to Golfstat. This moved him past Mark Crabtree (1994-99) on the list at 57.0 percent and both coaches now have five career CSU team tournament titles.
Top 10 Finishes Common for Rams: Individually, Colorado State combined for 13 top-10 and 21 total top-20 finishes in 11 tournaments in 2015-16. This year has started off strong for CSU in the first five tournaments as the Rams have combined for seven top-10 and 12 top-20 placings so far.
Cannon Making History: With his back-to-back individual titles at the Ram Masters Invitational and Tucker Intercollegiate, senior Blake Cannon joined a very elite list of CSU golfers. He is one of just seven Rams in program history with multiple wins in a season and nine players to have two or more tournament victories in a season.
Program Adds Four for Next Season: The Colorado State men’s golf program has inked four players to National Letters of Intent, head coach Christian Newton announced today. Joining the Rams for the 2017-18 academic year will be Jack Ainscough (England), Andrew Lafferty (Alpharetta, Ga./Marist HS), Cullen Plousha (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS) and Parathakorn “Poon” Suyasri (Thailand).
Rams on Tour: Former Colorado State standout Martin Laird, a PGA tour veteran, has had a solid start to the 2017 season on the tour, currently with $952,506 million in earnings and is 25th in the FedEx Cup. He has made the cut in eight of nine events played with four top 10s, five top 25s, with the best a tie for seventh at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. In 2006, his efforts during the regular season earned him a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs for the seventh time. For his career, he has now surpassed the $14.83 million in winnings.
Academic Success: The Colorado State men’s golf program was recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) as a 2016 All-Academic Team. Honored for the second consecutive year, the Rams were one of 114 DI programs honored for having a team GPA of 3.0 or better last season. In addition, recent graduate Dominic Kieffer and current senior Jimmy Makloski were selected in July by the GCAA as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar, becoming the 19th and 20th CSU golfers all-time to earn the accolade.
Additionally, the squad posted better than a 3.2 grade point average for the fall term, making the seventh straight semester that the program has accomplished that feat.
Next Up: Colorado State will head to Stanford, Calif. to play in The Goodwin, March 30-April 1. Hosted by Stanford University, the two-day, 54-hole tournament will be played at Stanford University Golf Course.
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