The Colorado State menís golf team begins play in its final regular season tournament on Friday. The team will travel to Provo, Utah to participate in the PING Cougar Classic, hosted by fellow Mountain West School, BYU. The 54-hole event will be played at the 6,950 yard, Riverside Country Club. There will be 36 holes being played on Friday and the remaining 18 will be played on Saturday.
This year marks the 41st time the event has been played and it is the eighth year in a row the Rams have played in the tournament. The team finished in a three-way tie for first with BYU and Nevada last year after the final round was cancelled due to inclement weather. Prior to that, the teamís best finish in the tournament was in 1996 when they finished in second place.
This year's field will be made up of 12 teams including CSU, the teams participating are: Air Force, BYU, Boise State, Denver University, Hawaii, Nevada, Southern Utah, Utah, Utah State, Weber State, and Wyoming. Of the 12 teams, five are ranked in the top 100 nationally by Golfweek: BYU (44), Colorado State (45), Denver (49), Utah (77), and Nevada (84).
Last year's individual champion was Nick Watney, who finished with a final score of 134, 10 under par. Martin Laird was CSU's top performer last year. He finished in sixth place.
The Rams will again be turning to Laird to lead the way in this yearís tournament. So far this year Laird has compiled six straight top 10 finishes, including every tournament this spring. He currently holds the lowest stroke per round average in school history with 71.52 and has also carded 10 rounds under 70 this year.
The team will also be looking to Nolan Martin to step up in Provo. The junior currently holds the second lowest per round average on the team with 72.03. He is also the only player to participate in every tournament this year.
Both Laird and Martin are currently ranked in the top ten in the Mountain West.
As a team, the Rams are putting together one of the greatest seasons in school history. They have yet to finish out of the top 10 in a tournament all year and their stroke per round average of 290.6 is on pace for the lowest in school history. The team is also ranked 45th nationally by Golfweek.
Results from the Cougar Classic will be posted at the conclusion of play each day at csurams.com.