Cougs struggle at Golfweek Conference Challenge, finish ninth

Junior Brian Mogg led the Cougs shooting two under par


Courtesy of WSU Athletic Communications

Junior Brian Mogg tied for 12th place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Tuesday. Overall, the WSU men's golf team finished in 9th place.

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen reporter

The WSU men’s golf team wrapped up the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Tuesday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, finishing in ninth place.

The Cougars finished 33 strokes behind tournament winner North Carolina State, who had an overall score of 847 (-17). Iowa and UNC Wilmington rounded out the top three at the event with scores of 849 (-15) and 857 (-7) respectively.Fifteen teams competed in the tournament at the Cedar Rapids Country Club. WSU shot 880 (+16) as a team.

Senior Brian Mogg led the Cougs with a final score of 214 (-2), putting him in a tie for 12th with three other players. Mogg had an even score of 144 over the first two rounds and shot a 70 (-2) in the final round, one of 18 athletes at the challenge to finish under-par.

Sophomore Daniel Kolar tallied a score of 223 (+7) that earned him a tie for 36th. Kolar finished strong shooting a 73 (+1) in the final round, his tournament low.
Senior Derek Bayley finished one stroke behind Kolar with a score of 224, which put him in a six-way tie for 44th. AJ Armstrong, a junior, finished in a tie for 51st with a score of 225 (+9).

Junior Grant Cole shot a one over par 73 in the first round, but finished the tournament in a tie for 61st with a three-day score of 228 (+12).
The Cougars were tied for fifth place as a team with San Francisco, McNeese State and Sacramento State after the first round on Sunday with a score of 291 (+3).

The team stumbled in the second round Monday with four out of five Cougar golfer’s shooting a round of 3-over par or worse, leaving the team in 14th place after two rounds. The team had a combined score of 301 (+15) on the day. WSU bounced back on Tuesday with an even score of 288, the fourth best score of any team in the final round.

In WSU’s opening tournament, the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, the Cougs finished first among 11 teams that competed at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club.
The Cougars will take the course again tomorrow for the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, New Mexico.