Men's golf preview - CSU travels to Tucson in search of MW Title

Junior Cameron Harrell

Junior Cameron Harrell

April 23, 2014

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Next on the tee
The Colorado State men’s golf team will travel to Tucson, Ariz., to compete in the MW Championship, Friday-Sunday at the Omni Tucson National Resort.

The setting
The tournament will be held at the Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Resort in Tucson, Ariz. The course will feature a par-71 layout that stretches 7,144 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 at Hole 1 in groups, beginning at 7 a.m. Colorado State, paired with Nevada and San Diego State, will tee off beginning at 7:50 a.m. on Friday. Saturday’s and Sunday’s groups are to be determined based on the teams and individuals total score. 

The field
The tournament field for the MW Championship will have all of the Mountain West teams participate in this event. Four of the 11 teams are ranked in the top 100 of the latest Golfweek rankings as of April 21st. New Mexico (22), UNLV (28), San Diego State (35), and Nevada (99) fall in the top 100 and CSU is just outside at 105. For Friday, CSU will be in the second group with San Diego State and Nevada. New Mexico and UNLV make up the first group. San Jose State (126), Air Force (134), and Fresno State (174) tee off third, followed by Wyoming(170), Boise State (185), and Utah State (180) is the final group.

Live scoring
Live scoring for the MW Championship will be provided on the Mountain West Web site, TheMW.com, or on GolfStat.com. Recaps will also be available following each day of competition at CSURams.com.

The Rams’ lineup
Colorado State will tee off at the Mountain West Championship with the Rams’ eighth different lineup combination of the season. The top of the Rams’ lineup remains familiar, with junior Cameron Harrell starting his 10th-consecutive tournament in the No. 1 position. Senior Parker Edens, is the Rams’ No. 2 for the seventh-consecutive tourney. He and Harrell, along with sophomore Dominic Kieffer are the only Rams to play in all 29 rounds for the Rams entering play this weekend in Tucson, Ariz. Kieffer will play in the No. 3 position in the Rams’ lineup for the sixth time this season. He has also started two tourneys at No. 2 and three tournaments at No. 4. After not competing at the El Macero Classic last week, junior Patrick Winther returns to the CSU lineup for the eighth time overall, and the fifth time this season at the No. 4 position. True freshman Alec Bone makes his third straight start for the Rams at the No. 5 position. After competing three times as an individual, Bone broke into the Rams’ lineup prior to action in late March at The Goodwin.

Rams at the MW Championship
Colorado State, a charter member of the Mountain West, has experienced great success over the years at the previous 14 conference championship tournaments.  Colorado State captured both the 2008 and 2010 team championships at the event. Two Rams - Martin Laird (2002) and Ryan Peterson (2010) - have also captured individual titles.

Last time out - El Macero Classic
The Colorado State men’s golf team closed play at the El Macero Classic in seventh place in the 12-team field at El Macero Country Club in El Macero, Calif., behind a pair of top-20 finishes by senior Parker Edens and sophomore Dominic Kieffer. Edens finished sixth in the event, tying his season-high finish, and was named the Mountain West Men’s Golfer of the Week. Edens led the Rams from start to finish in the tournament, carding rounds of 73-74-71, to finish with a three-round score of 218 (+2). Kieffer’s three-round total of 221 (+5) was good enough for 12th place, the top individual finish of his two-year career at CSU. Junior Cameron Harrell finished one stroke outside the top 20, carding a 224 (+5). The Rams also utilized a pair of freshmen - Jimmy Makloski and Alec Bone - in the lineup for the first time together this season. Makloski opened with rounds of 74 and 73, but slid into a tie for 45th with a closing 83 to finish at 230 (+14). Bone shot 74-78-80 to tally a three-round score of 232 (+16).

Up next
The Rams with a strong showing at the MW Championships hope to return to the postseason with a berth in the NCAA Regionals, scheduled for May 15-17.

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.


 

 

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