Men's golf preview -- Rams open play Friday at El Macero Classic




April 16, 2014

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Next on the tee
The Colorado State men’s golf team travels to El Macero, Calif., to compete in the El Macero Classic, Friday-Sunday at the El Macero Country Club west of Sacramento near Davis, Calif.

The setting
The tournament will be held at the El Macero Country Club in El Macero, Calif. The course will feature a par-72 layout that stretches 6,912 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. Golfers will tee off in groups off of Holes 1 and 10, beginning at 8:20 a.m. MT/7:20 a.m. PT on Friday. Saturday’s second round will begin with tee times starting at 11:30 a.m. MT/10:30 a.m. PT. Sunday’s final round begins with 8 a.m. MT/7 a.m. PT tee times. 

The field
The tournament field for the El Macero Classic features 12 teams, including two teams ranked in the top 100 of the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings (April 14), and three members of the Mountain West. CSU, ranked No. 103, will match up against co-hosts UC Davis (No. 65) and Nevada (No. 99), as well as Boise State (177), Cal Poly (138), Cal State Fullerton (67), Idaho (109), Sacramento State (127), Grand Canyon (191), Marquette (115), Seattle (203) and Utah Valley State (144).
 
Live scoring
Live scoring for the El Macero Classic is available at www.GolfStatResults.com. Recaps will also be available following each day of competition at www.CSURams.com.

Change of venue
Though the Rams are slated to compete this week in the El Macero Classic at the El Macero Country Club, the event was originally called the Winchester Classic and was scheduled to be played at nearby Winchester Country Club. The venue changes was prompted by a problem with the playing conditions on the course at Winchester Country Club.

The Rams’ lineup
Colorado State will tee off at El Macero Classic with the Rams’ seventh different lineup combination of the season. The top of the Rams’ lineup remains familiar, with junior Cameron Harrell starting his ninth-consecutive tournament in the No. 1 position. Senior Parker Edens, is the Rams’ No. 2 for the sixth-consecutive tourney. He and Harrell, along with sophomore Dominic Kieffer are the only Rams to play in all 26 rounds for the Rams entering play this weekend in El Macero. Kieffer returns to the No. 3 position in the Rams’ lineup for the fifth time this season. He has also started two tourneys at No. 2 and three tournaments at No. 4. A pair of true freshman round out top 5 for CSU with  Pueblo, Colo., product Jimmy Makloski and Phoenix, Ariz., native Alec Bone, slotted in at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Makloski makes his seventh start of the season, with the previous six all coming in the fifth spot in the rotation. Bone starts his second consecutive tournament in the lineup, after his debut in the Rams’ previous outing at The Goodwin. Bone had previously competed as an individual in three tournaments this season before breaking into the lineup. The El Macero Classic will mark nine consecutive tournaments in which a true freshman has competed in the Rams’ lineup, and the first of the season with two first-year players in line to score for the Rams.

Last time out - The Goodwin
The Colorado State men’s golf team closed play at The Goodwin in a tie for 13th in the 18-team field at Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif., March 28-30. The Rams opened the tournament in impressive fashion shooting a team score of 286 (+6) to close Round 1 in a tie for ninth. CSU slid into 10th with an 11-over 291 in Round 2, and closed Round 3 in 12th place with a 289 (+9). They finished 51 strokes off the pace of host Stanford, which Ran away with the team title by 20 strokes. The Rams were led by junior Patrick Harrell and sophomore Dominic Kieffer, who finished tied for 41st with a three-round score of 216 (+6). Senior Parker Edens tied for 55th with a total of 219 (+9), two strokes ahead of true freshman Alec Bone, who tied for 65th and closed with a career-best round of 70. The tournament marked the first of Bone’s career in the Rams’ lineup after competing as an individual in three previous tourneys this season. Junior Cameron Harrell closed play tied for 71st after shooting rounds of 75-75-72 to finished with a three-round total of 222 (+12).

Follow the Rams
> For more information on CSU men’s golf log onto CSURams.com, follow the Rams on twitter (@CSUMensGolf) and “like” Colorado State Men’s Golf on Facebook.
> For a video preview of this week’s tournament, featuring sophomore Dominic Kieffer, check out the Rams on YouTube: http://youtu.be/JjET_8KbCqw

Up next
The Rams will travel to Tucson, Ariz., to compete in the 2014 Mountain West Championships, April 25-27 at Omni Tucson National Golf Course. CSU has won the MW title twice, taking home top honors in 2008 and 2010.


 

 

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