Next on the tee The Colorado State men’s golf team opens its second year of competition under the guidance head coach Christian Newton, traveling to familiar territory to compete in the 45th annual Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, hosted by Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo. It marks the eighth consecutive season that the Rams have competed in the Falcons’ annual fall tournament.
The setting The Rams will tee off this week for 54 holes in two days at the Eisenhower Golf Club - Blue Course, located on the campus of the Air Force Academy just north of Colorado Springs, Colo. The Eisenhower Blue Course features a Par-72 layout that stretches 7,401 yards.
Tournament format The tournament opens with 18 holes on Sunday, scheduled for an 8:15 a.m. MT shotgun start. The final round of action is set for Monday with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. MT.
The tournament field The tournament field for the 2013 Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational features 16 teams. Three squads - Colorado (68), Wichita State (69) and Colorado State (81) - enter the tournament ranked in the top-100 in the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings. The tournament also features four of the Rams’ Mountain West foes in host Air Force (115), Nevada (129), Wyoming (155) and Utah State (174). Additional teams competing in the tournament include Maryland (108), New Mexico State (109), UMKC (112), UTEP (124), Utah (133), Northern Colorado (149), Southern Utah (152) and Weber State (199), as well as the Air Force junior varsity team.
The Rams’ lineup Colorado State opens the 2013-14 season with an experienced lineup. Senior Parker Edens and junior Cameron Harrell, who each competed in all 35 rounds for the Rams last season, are slotted in as the Rams’ No. 1 and 2, respectively. The No. 3 spot belongs to sophomore Dominic Kieffer who competed in 32 rounds for the Rams in 2012-13. Newcomer Patrick Winther is slotted in a No. 4 for the Rams, and makes his CSU debut after contributing for two seasons at perennial power Oklahoma State. Sophomore Brett Wilson rounds out the Rams’ lineup. Wilson played in eight rounds as a true freshman in 2012-13. Also competing as an individual is true freshman Alec Bone, a standout from Boulder Creek High School in Phoenix, Ariz.
Live Scoring Live scoring for the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational can be found at www.GolfStat.com. In addition, results and recaps will be available following each day of competition at www.CSURams.com.
Rams at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational Colorado State comes into the 2013 Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational after a fourth-place showing at the 2012 event. The Rams have twice captured victories in the tournament, taking home top honors in both the 2008 and 2009 tournaments. Parker Edens and Cameron Harrell (a Colorado Springs native) have each played in the tournament twice as Rams. Harrell finished tied for 26th with a 217 (+1) as a freshman in 2011, and tied for 6th as a sophomore last year with a 213 (-3). Edens fired a 223 (+7) to tie for 51st in 2011, and notched a tie for 14th with a 217 (+1) last season. Sophomore Dominic Kieffer tied for 31st with a 221 (+5) as a true freshman in the 2012 tournament.
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Up next Colorado State hosts the second annual Ram Masters Invitiational, presented by Pedersen Toyota, Sept. 16-17 at Fort Collins Country Club.