Cougar golf momentum halted once more

Cougs finish ninth in Monterrey, California



WSU men’s golf won their first tournament in over three seasons with a victory at the Visit Stockton Invitational.

ERICK AGUILAR, Evergreen reporter

Coming off of two great consecutive second-place performances at the Oregon State Invitational and the Visit Stockton Invitational, it seems the Cougars were unable to keep the success rolling this week at the Saint Mary’s Invitational. The team came in 10th shooting an 885, finishing ninth in play. 

Preston Bebich, Sam Renner, Jaden Cantafio, Pono Yanagi, Daniel Kim and Tianyu Wu stepped on the green for the Cougars. With Wu participating in the individual events. 

Yanagi led the pack shooting a 217 and earning a 20th-place finish.

Then came the pack of Kim, Cantafio and Bebich who shot 222, 223 and 225, with the respective order of 38th, 41st and 50th.

 Renner shot a 232 and placed 72nd. 

Wu placed 5th in the solos event with a score of 225. His 225 score would have earned him a 50th-place ranking in the team competition. 

“I’d just like to see another high-level performance. We know the golf course, some of the guys do at least. But I just want to go out on a strong note. These guys have played really solid consistent golf this fall and I know there’s always room to grow which is a good thing,” said head coach Dustin White. 

The Cougs and the Colorado State Rams were the only Pac-12 teams in attendance this week. The Rams seemed to do very well for themselves with a second-place finish. They still came miles behind the first-place San Diego team who shot an incredible 845.

We know this Cougar team is a formidable one, so why the unrecognizable headline? 

Did the Cougars face more intense competition, or did the team not play their best? 

This performance marks the last of this fall for the men’s Cougar golf team, they will now settle back into the Palouse for some well-deserved rest and practice. The team will resume play after the holiday season starting Feb. 16, 2023 at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Lihue, Hawaii.