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Men's golf opens play at NCAA Regional tournament

Sophomore Riley Arp

Sophomore Riley Arp

May 15, 2008

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NCAA Regional 
Colorado State will head to Chattanooga, Tenn., as the No. 24 seed in the East Regional of the NCAA Division I men's golf tournament. 

The tournament, which runs May Thursday-Saturday, will take place at Council Fire Golf Club and is hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Colorado State will join 26 other teams and six individual golfers to compete for a place in the 2008 NCAA men's golf championships slated for May 28-31 on the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind., hosted by Purdue University. 

Teams who place in the Top 10, plus two of the six individuals entered in each region, will earn a spot in the national tournament. 

This marks Colorado State's 12th appearance in the NCAA regional since 1996 and the eighth berth in nine seasons under the guidance Jamie Bermel, 2008 MWC Coach of the Year.  Colorado State is one of four MWC teams entered in a regional, joining  UNLV (No. 6, West), San Diego State (No. 11, West) and TCU (No. 16, Central).  Three Rams return with NCAA regional experience this season.

Georgia is the top seed in the East Regional, followed by Charlotte and South Carolina.  The teams will play 54 holes over three days in the regional competition.

Last season, CSU finished tied for 16th in the West Regional at Arizona State University's Karsten Golf Course.  

MWC Championship 
The Rams captured the first Mountain West Conference championship in the program's history with a four-stroke win at the Omni Tucson National Golf Course.  The Rams overcame an eight-stroke deficit entering the third round of action, firing a round of 6-under-par 278 to claim the title with a 54-hole total of 2-under 850, overcoming TCU, BYU and UNLV for the championship. 

Three Rams captured Top 10 finishes, led by sophomore Riley Arp, who posted a career-best finish with a tie for second.  Sophomores Dustin Morris and Bryce Hanstad finished tied for fifth and 10th, respectively, and garnered all-conference honors.  Zen Brown closed out the tournament in a tie for 29th.  Sophomore Sean McNamra finished two strokes ahead of Brown in a tie for 21st. 

The conference championship marks the second-career conference title for Bermel, who was tabbed as the MWC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career following the Rams' championship run.  Bermel captured the 1997 Missouri Valley Conference championship while at Drake University.

By taking the team title, Colorado State secured a spot in the NCAA regional.

Tournament recaps 
Wolf Pack Classic
Colorado State tied for sixth at the Wolf Pack Classic.  Bryce Hanstad led the Rams and acheieved a tie for 13th with a final total of 215.  Zen Brown missed a Top 20 finish by just one shot and finished in a tie for 22nd with a final score of 218.  The University of Arizona took the team title.

Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic
Colorado State placed seventh at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic, led by Bryce Hanstad, who carded a 213 to finish tied for sixth.  Zen Brown joined Hanstad in the Top 20 with a final score of 218 and a tie for 18th place.  Sean McNamara and Praneeth Perera made their season debuts as individual players in the tournament.  Michigan State University earned the team title, shooting a 7-over-par 847.

2007 Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational
Colorado State placed eighth at the 2007 Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, led by Bryce Hanstad, who carded a 214 to finish tied for 10th.  Iowa State University and Wichita State University tied for the team title, shooting a 12-under-par 852.

Club Glove Intercollegiate
Colorado State achieved a fourth place performance at the Club Glove Intercollegiate.  In the process, the Rams toppled three Top 50 ranked schools including Lamar, Memphis and LSU.  The Rams carded rounds of 311, 318, and 308 for a three-round total of 937 and were led by Dustin Morris who finished in a tie for third.  Pepperdine took the team title and Joel Sjoholm of Georgia State University clinched individual honors.

Del Walker Intercollegiate
Colorado State captured the Del Walker Intercollegiate team title.  The Rams posted a team total 11-under-par 841 (276-284-281) to pick up the victory by one stroke over Pacific.  Colorado State, as a team, recorded three birdies on the final hole to clinch the victory.  With the first-place finish, the Rams ousted five Golfweek Top 100 teams playing in the tournament - Arizona, UC Irvine, Saint Mary's, UC Santa Barbara and Pacific. 

Agua-Caliente Collegiate Invite
Colorado State closed the fall season with a team victory at the Agua-Caliente Air Force Invitational. The Rams shot a final-round of 265 to capture the team title with a three-round total of 787 and achieved one of the lowest team scores in NCAA history.  Sophomore Dustin Morris took home the individual title. Bryce Hanstad tied for third and Sean McNamara finished in sixth.  Riley Arp finished in a tie for 13th and Zen Brown tied for 21st. 

GADO North Texas Classic
Colorado State finished in sixth place at the GADO North Texas Classic, carding rounds of 295, 288 and 295 for a three-round total of 878.  Bryce Hanstad led the Rams throughout the competition and finished in a tie for 10th place, 72-70-73 -- 215.  Dustin Morris finished in the Top 20 with a tie for 18th, 4-over-par. Zen Brown finished in a tie for 35th while Riley Arp finished 41st and Sean McNamara tied for 59th. Louisiana-Lafayette took home the team title and Kyle Nicolson of CSU-Northridge clinched individual honors.

Callaway Golf Invitational
Colorado State wrapped up play at the 2008 Callaway Golf Invitational with a 13th-place finish, ousting San Jose State and Purdue.  Junior Zen Brown led the team and carded a final round of 70 (72-75-70 -- 217) to earn a tie for eighth place.  McNamara also improved his game carding a final round of 73 (77-76-73 -- 226) and finished in a tie for 36th.  Hanstad tied for 64th, Morris tied for 66th and Perera finished in 77th place.  Wichita State took the team title and Dustin Garza (Wichita State) earned medalist honors.

Ron Moore Invitational
Colorado State finished in eighth at the Ron Moore Invitational.  The team carded rounds of 285, 279 and 295 for a three-round total of 859 and ousted eight teams in the process.  Dustin Morris led the Rams throughout the tournament and shot a final-round 72, even par, to finish in a tie for 14th.  Zen Brown and Bryce Hanstad proved to be each other's toughest competitor both finishing in a tie for 28th.  Riley Arp finished in a tie for 34th and Sean McNamara tied for 61st.  Kansas State took home the team title and Troy Merritt of Boise State clinched individual honors for the second year in a row.

ASU Thunderbird Invitational
Colorado State finished tied for third-place with Texas A&M at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.  The finish marked the end of the Rams' regular-season play. Riley Arp birdied two holes in the final round to secure a tie for third, 1-under-par (70-70-72 - 212).  Dustin Morris finished in a tie for 16th.  Zen Brown finished in a tie for 28th.  Bryce Hanstad finished in a tie for 46th and Sean McNamara tied for 76th. Arizona State took home the team title for the first time since 2004.  Espen Kofstad of Denver University earned individual honors.




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