Men's golf preview - CSU faces talented field at ASU Thunderbird Invitational

Senior Parker Edens and Assistant Coach Bret Guetz

Senior Parker Edens and Assistant Coach Bret Guetz

March 19, 2014

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Next on the tee
The Colorado State men’s golf team travels to Tempe, Ariz., to compete in the 42nd annual ASU Thunderbird Invitational hosted by Arizona State University, Friday-Sunday.

The setting
The tournament will be held at ASU’s Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.. The course will feature a par-71 layout that stretches 7,026 yards.

Tournament format
Following practice rounds on Thursday, the 54-hole tournament will be played over three days, Friday-Sunday,  with 18 holes of competition slated for each day.

The field
The tournament field for the 2014 ASU Thunderbird Invitational features 15 teams. CSU will match up against host Arizona State (Pac-12) as well as Arizona (Pac-12), Denver (Summit League), Fresno State (Mountain West), Hawaii (Big West), Iowa (Big Ten), Iowa State (Big 12), New Mexico State (WAC), Pepperdine (WCC), San Diego (WCC), St. John’s (Big East), Tulsa (C-USA), Washington State (Pac-12) and Wichita State (Missouri Valley)

Live scoring
Live scoring for the ASU Thunderbird Invitational is available at www.GolfStatResults.com. Recaps will also be available following each day of competition at www.CSURams.com.

Rams at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational
The Colorado State men’s golf program returns to the ASU Thunderbird Invitational after a one-year hiatus from the field in 2013. Prior to last season, the Rams had competed in the event each year from 2008 to 2011, capturing a third-place team finish in the 2008 event behind a third-place tie in the individual standings by former standout Riley Arp. Currently, junior Cameron Harrell is the only Ram on the roster with experience in the event. As a true freshman in 2011, Harrell carded rounds of 76-81-74 to finish tied for 85th in the 94-player field at 18-over par. The Rams finished 14th out of 18 in that 2011 tournament.  In addition, Colorado State assistant coach Bret Guetz, then a student-athlete at TCU, earned medalist honors at the 2002 Thunderbird Invitational with a three-round score of 200 (-16). Guetz’s 200 was the tournament record at the time, but was surpassed by one stroke in 2006 by Kansas State’s Ben Kern.

The Rams’ lineup
Colorado State returns to a lineup that brought the Rams a second-place team finish to close out the fall season at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in late October. The top of the Rams’ lineup remains familiar, with junior Cameron Harrell starting his seventh-consecutive tournament in the Rams’ No. 1 position. Senior Parker Edens, is the Rams’ No. 2 for the fifth-consecutive tourney. He and Harrell, along with sophomore Dominic Kieffer are the only Rams to play in all 20 rounds for the Rams entering play this weekend in Tempe. Kieffer, who shot a season-low 211 in the Rams’ last tournament, is slotted at the No. 3 position for the Rams where he as started four of the team’s eight tournaments. Winther is in the Rams’ lineup for the fifth straight tournament. He also carded a season-best round of 70 and a three-round low of 214 to close out the Del Walker Intercollegiate. True freshman Jimmy Makloski  makes his fourth straight start, and sixth overall in eight tournaments.

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Last time out - Del Walker Intercollegiate
The Colorado State men’s golf team wrapped up play at the Del Walker Intercollegiate finishing with ninth-place showing despite top-20 finishes by sophomore Dominic Kieffer and senior Parker Edens. As a team, the Rams were 13 strokes off the pace set by the Minnesota, which captured the team title with three-round team total of 836 (-4). Arizona and UC Santa Barbara finished one stroke behind the Golden Gophers at 3-under, while host Long Beach State (-2) and Wichita State (E) rounded out the top-5. Kieffer and Edens finished with a three-round scores of 211, each posting season-bests for 54 holes. It marked Edens’ third top-20 finish of the season, and the second for Kieffer. Junior Patrick Winther also posted a season-low score, finishing tied for 30th with a 4-over 214. Freshman Jimmy Makloski carded a 6-over 216, including a career-low-tying score of 70 in Round 2.

Up next
The Rams will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete in the Stanford Intercollegiate, March 28-30.


 

 

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