Next on the tee Following a more than two weeks lull in the competition schedule, the Colorado State men’s golf programs returns to action in Sonoma, Calif., competing in the Alister MacKenzie Invitational hosted by the University of California, Monday and Tuesday at the Sonoma Golf Club.
The setting The Rams will tee off this week for 54 holes in two days at the Sonoma Golf Club, located 54 miles north of the Cal campus in Sonoma, Calif. The course will feature a Par-72 layout that stretches 7,103 yards.
Tournament format The tournament opens with 36 holes on Monday, scheduled for a 8:15 a.m. PT shotgun start. Play is continuous from Round 1 to Round 2. The final round of action is set for Tuesday with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. PT.
The tournament field The tournament field for the 2013 Alister MacKenzie Invitational features a 16-team field. Mountain West rivals Fresno State, San Diego State and San José State will square off against the Rams, as well as in-state rival Colorado, one of four Pac-12 opponents along with host Cal, Arizona State, Oregon and Oregon State. The rest of the field includes former MW foe BYU, Hawai’i, Minnesota, Pepperdine, San Francisco, Santa Clara and UC Davis.
Live scoring Live scoring for the Alister MacKenzie 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.
The Rams’ lineup Colorado State travels to the Alister MacKenzie Invitational with a new lineup, as freshman Logan Iverson will make his collegiate debut. The top of the CSU lineup will have a familiar look, however as junior Cameron Harrell and senior Parker Edens are slotted in at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions, respectively. Sophomore Dominic Kieffer, like Harrell and Edens, qualified for the Rams for the fourth time in as many tournaments to open the 2013-14 season. Junior Patrick Winther returns to the Rams’ lineup for the first time since the opener at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational. Winther played as an individual in CSU’s own Ram Masters Invitational, and did not qualify for the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate. Iverson, a standout from Glacier High School in Kalispell, Mont., debuts in the No. 5 slot for the Rams.
CSU history at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational When Colorado State tees off at the 2013 Alister MacKenzie Invitational it will mark the fifth straight season that the Rams have played in the event. This year, however, will mark the first season that the tournament will be played at the Sonoma Golf Club. Junior Cameron Harrell has played in the tournament twice when it was held at The Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif., finishing 22nd in 2012 and tied for 37th in 2011. Sophomore Dominic Kieffer was CSU’s top finisher at the 2012 MacKenzie, finishing in 13th with a 5-under 208. Senior Parker Edens finished just behind Kieffer in a tie for 14th in his only appearance in the event.
Last time out: William H. Tucker Intercollegiate Colorado State junior Cameron Harrell led the way for the third straight tournament, pacing the Rams men’s golf team in a ninth-place finish against an impressive field at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate at the UNM Championship Course. The Rams notched head-to-head victories against some strong opponents, including rivals Colorado and Wyoming, as well as UTEP, New Mexico State, UT Arlington, Arizona, Wichita State and UTSA, as Harrell carded a 4-over 76 to hold on for his third consecutive top-20 finish to open the season.
Up next Colorado State closes its fall season at the Herb Wenberly Invitational hosted by New Mexico State in Las Cruces N.M.
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. > For a video preview of this week’s tournament, featuring freshman Logan Iverson, check out the Rams on YouTube: http://youtu.be/czgIqtrv93w.
Supporting CSUCares After announcing plans, at the conclusion of the Ram Masters Invitational, to give a portion of the proceeds from the event to help with the relief effort for those affected by recent flooding that has devastated the northern Colorado community, Colorado State men’s golf head coach Christian Newton presented a check for $5,000 to Maggie Walsh and Bob Schur, co-chairs of CSUCares at a CSU volleyball match on Oct. 10. CSUCares is a fund, supported by donations from the CSU community, created during the 2012 wildfires to help meet the immediate needs of students, faculty, staff, and retirees who are impacted by natural disasters. For more information on CSU Cares, including ways to donate and apply for funding, visit http://supporting.colostate.edu/csucares.