Cougars finish Fighting Irish Classic

Max Sekulic finishes 25th; Cougs finish 12th as team



WSU golfer Max Sekulic swings away on a golf course on Sept. 15, 2021.

DAYLON HICKS, Evergreen reporter

The Cougar golf team had a shaky second tournament as they placed 12th at the Fighting Irish Classic.

Max Sekulic was the highest placed individual for the Cougars, earning a tie for 25th and picking up his second top-25 finish of the season after placing 15th at the Husky Invitational. Sekulic had a hot start for the Cougars as he was able to collect a team-best six birdies in the third round to post a three-over-par 73.

He was able to card 67-72-73 in his three rounds of play to help boost the Cougars up for team rankings. As a team, the Cougars had a rocky second tournament

The Cougars ended the tournament in 12th place after carding an 871 (+31). 

“It was a disappointing week for us,” Head Coach Dustin White said. “This team is capable of so much more, so we’ve got to learn from it and move on. We need to be more decisive and commit to the shot in front of us.”

Redshirt sophomore Tianyu Wu had a solid third round as he was able to card three-over-par 73, matching Sekulic’s third-round score. The Beijing, China, native had a tie for 62nd with fellow teammate Pono Yanagi as both shot a 14-over-par 224 throughout the tournament.

Freshman Peter Jung shot a four-over-par 74 in the third round to finish his second collegiate tournament in a tie for 57th. Sophomore Jaden Cantafio had a score of 75 (+5) in his final round of play to end in a tie for 47th. 

Washington ended up winning both the team and individual titles at the Fighting Irish Classic as they carded a 15-under par 825 as a team to beat host Notre Dame by three strokes. Washington’s RJ Manke won the individual title by one stroke over Utah’s Javier Barcos, with a score of 198 (-12).

The Cougars are back in play on Monday as they participate in the Oregon State Invitational at the Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Oregon.

“Our par-five scoring this week was solid, but we’ve got to be more consistent throughout the round,” White said. “We’ll work hard and look to bounce back next week in Corvallis.”