Cantafio leads Cougs in California

Cougars finish 14th in the Bandon Dunes.



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

ERICK AGUILAR, Evergreen reporter

Coming off a respectable performance at The Prestige in La Quinta, California, against stiff competition the Cougars golf team flew up to Bandon, Oregon, over spring break where the team tried their luck in the Bandon Dunes Championship.

The team finished 14th among 18 competing teams, including fellow Pac-12 competitors Oregon, Oregon State and Utah who finished in first, second and third respectively. 

Our neighbor on the Palouse, the Idaho Vandals, finished with a tie for ninth place alongside Santa Clara. 

The Cougar lineup saw all familiar names with the exception of Nate Plaster, the junior from Spokane. Plaster’s first tournament performance is sure to earn him more playing time as he finished third in the Cougar lineup. 

Plaster scored a 154 tying for 63rd place individually. 

Alongside Plaster were Jaden Cantafio, Pono Yanagi, Daniel Kim and Peter Jung. Their respective scores are 145, 151, 158 and 166 with the individual standings of 8th, 40th, 89th and 108th. 

Despite Cantafio’s top-10 finish, the team was not able to break the top 10. 

The Cougs have seen fewer top-5 finishes as the season progresses, but at the same time, the competition has also gotten tougher. 

The next competition for the team will be on March 30 in San Francisco where Stanford will host The Goodwin. 

The team only has a few weeks of play, all in California, then the NCAA regionals will begin May 15.