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Men's golf preview: Rams head to Tempe for Thunderbird Invite

Kirby Pettitt

Kirby Pettitt

April 7, 2011

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By Gavin Davis
Athletic Media Relations

Next on the tee
The CSU men's golf team is headed to Tempe, Ariz., for ASU's 39th annual Thunderbird Invitational. The 13-team field will play two rounds of 18 holes on Saturday and one final round of 18 holes on Sunday. Live scoring will be available at

The course
The 2011 Thunderbird Invitational will be played at ASU's Karsten Golf Course. The course is par 71 and stretches 7,057 yards. Karsten Golf Course was rated "Four and a Half Stars" by Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play"

The field
The 13-team field, including three from the Mountain West, is made up of Arizona State, Cal, Colorado State, CS Northridge, Florida State, Northwestern, Pepperdine, San Diego State, San Jose State, UC Irvine, UNLV, USC and Washington State. The competition holds two teams in the top-20 of Golfweek's March 27 poll. San Diego State is ranked No. 10 along with Cal at No. 18.

Rams lineup
Ryan Peterson, Zahkai Brown, Kirby Pettitt, Kory Harrell and Mike Sorenson will be swinging for the Rams this week in Tempe. Peterson is No. 2 in the Mountain West Conference standings. Brown, Pettitt and Harrell are in the Mountain West top-20. Peterson and Brown are both coming off top-10 finishes  at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic and look to lead the Rams to the top in Tempe Saturday.




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