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Preview: Jake Staiano to compete at 2017 NCAA Austin Regional

May 15, 2017

Complete NCAA Regionals Release (Adobe PDF Release) / Staiano NCAA Bio (PDF)

Tournament: NCAA Austin Regional
Date: May 15-17
Host: University of Texas
Location: Austin, Texas
Course: UT Golf Club
Course Par/Yardage: Par 71 / 7,355 yards
Host Web Site: http://www.ncaa.com
Live Scoring: http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=participants&tid=12646
Tournament Field (14 in seed order): Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Texas, Mississippi, Arizona State, North Carolina State, Kansas, Liberty, Iowa State, Georgia Southern, College of Charleston, McNeese State, Wichita State, Saint Peter’s, Five Individuals (including Jake Staiano - CSU)

Next on the Tee: Colorado State will have its first participation in the NCAA Regionals since 2012, as sophomore Jake Staiano will play in the 2017 NCAA Austin Regional, May 15-17. Hosted by the University of Texas, the three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at UT Golf Club (Par 71 - 7,355 yards) in Austin, Texas.

Staiano Representing CSU: Sophomore Jake Staiano will make his first appearance in a NCAA Regional. He is the first CSU representative since the team appeared in 2012 and the first individual to qualify without the team since Derrick Whiting tied for 46th in 2006.

Staiano All-Mountain West: Sophomore Jake Staiano was named to the Mountain West Men’s Golf All-MW team, a 10-member team voted on by the conference’s 11 head coaches in a ballot vote. Staiano is the 20th Ram ever to earn the honor and the first since Zahkai Brown was recognized in 2011-12. The sophomore was in the lineup for all 11 tournaments and 33 rounds this year for the Rams, leading the squad with a 71.64 strokes per round average and 20 rounds of par or better. His +0.09 strokes versus par ranks eighth in CSU history, while his .788 won-loss percentage was best on the team. Staiano posted four top-10 and eight top-25 finishes, with the best a fourth at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational. Late in the year, he tied for fifth at the Cowboy Classic and then tied for 11th at the recent Mountain West Championship, helping CSU to a runner-up finish and its best score since the 2010 event. He set a new career single-round low with a 6-under 65 at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, en route to a career-best 7-under 206 and a tie for sixth. For his career, he has now played in 48 CSU rounds, averaging 72.79 strokes per round.

Last Time on the Tee: Colorado State battled to the end but came up just short and finished as the runner-up in a thrilling finish at the 2017 Mountain West Championship, April 21-23.
The Rams were locked in a five-way battle with No. 16 UNLV, Boise State, San Diego State and New Mexico in the final round, as the championship came down to the final holes of the tournament. CSU continued to have an answer for almost every birdie posted by its opponents, but just fell short in the final holes of the tournament, going one-over on the final two holes of counting scores. Colorado State posted a 4-under 284 in the final 18 and finish the tournament at 17-under 847, one shot back of No. 16 and top-seed UNLV at 18-under 846. It was the Rams’ best finish in the tournament under head coach Christian Newton and the best team score in the event since the 2010 season, as 12 of the 15 tournaments rounds played were under-par this week.

Colorado State was led by senior Blake Cannon and junior Colton Yates, who tied for eighth at 5-under 211, as Yates led Sunday’s effort with a 3-under 69 while Cannon had a 1-under 71. Sophomore Jake Staiano was one shot behind at 4-under 212, tying for 11th following his 1-under 71. (complete recap on page 6)

Showing the Growth: Under head coach Christian Newton, CSU continues to show growth on the national stage, as the Rams play a high-level schedule each year. With the performance in the season, Newton’s teams moved to a 57.4 percent winning record in his five years according to Golfstat. This moved ahead of Mark Crabtree (1994-99) on the list at 57.0 percent and both coaches now have five career CSU team tournament titles.

Top 10 Finishes Common for Rams: Individually, Colorado State combined for 13 top-10 and 21 total top-20 finishes in 11 tournaments in 2015-16. This year has been good for CSU in the 11 tournaments as the Rams have combined for 11 top-10 and 20 top-20 placings so far.
Sophomore Jake Staiano, currently ranked #141 in the nation according to Golfweek, has four top-10s and seven top-20s, while senior Blake Cannon, ranked #199, has four top-10s and five top 20s.

Cannon Making History: With his back-to-back individual titles at the Ram Masters Invitational and Tucker Intercollegiate, senior Blake Cannon joined a very elite list of CSU golfers. He is one of just seven Rams in program history with multiple wins in a season and nine players to have two or more tournament victories in a season.

Program Adds Four for Next Season: The Colorado State men’s golf program has inked four players to National Letters of Intent, head coach Christian Newton announced today. Joining the Rams for the 2017-18 academic year will be Jack Ainscough (England), Andrew Lafferty (Alpharetta, Ga./Marist HS), Cullen Plousha (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS) and Parathakorn “Poon” Suyasri (Thailand).

Rams on Tour: Former Colorado State standout Martin Laird, a PGA tour veteran, has had a solid 2017 season so far on the tour, currently with $1,095.598 in earnings and is 46th in the FedEx Cup. He has made the cut in 12 of 13 events played with four top 10s, six top 25s, with the best a tie for seventh at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. In 2006, his efforts during the regular season earned him a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs for the seventh time. For his career, he has now surpassed the $14.86 million in winnings.

Academic Success: The Colorado State men’s golf program was recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) as a 2016 All-Academic Team. Honored for the second consecutive year, the Rams were one of 114 DI programs honored for having a team GPA of 3.0 or better last season. In addition, recent graduate Dominic Kieffer and current senior Jimmy Makloski were selected in July by the GCAA as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar, becoming the 19th and 20th CSU golfers all-time to earn the accolade.
Additionally, the squad posted better than a 3.2 grade point average for the fall term, making the seventh straight semester that the program has accomplished that feat.



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