WSU men’s golf takes eighth in Arizona

From staff reports

In three rounds of play at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational, Washington State men’s golf finished in eighth place.

The Cougars started their rally on Friday, shooting 6-over par (290) at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. The team carded 13 birdies including a team-best five birdies from junior Michael Anderson, who shot 1-under par (70) and tied for 12th place.

On Saturday morning, the Cougars climbed back up after a regular performance from the first round. The Cougars shot 5-under par (279) to bring their total to 569 (+1) and tied with San Diego in seventh place.

The team’s best after the second round was junior Charlie Mroz who carded six birdies, shooting 4-under par (67) tying for 14th overall.

Consistency was key for the Cougars as they wrapped up tournament play during the third round on Sunday, finishing with a final score of 866 (+14).

Washington State finished in a three-way tie for eighth place with New Mexico State and Tulsa.

Host Arizona State won the tournament after carding the third-lowest three-round score in tournament history (-35, 817).

Individually, Mroz and Anderson, the top-two performers for Washington State in the previous rounds of the tournament, led the team. Mroz carded a team-low 67(-4), shot 1-over (72) in the final round, and finished play tied for 17th.

Anderson finished the tournament tied for 26th, shooting 2-over par (215).

“Charlie and Michael played solid,” WSU Head Coach Garrett Clegg said in a press release. “We had some high hopes, and we’ve been playing well. The course was tougher today for all teams, which I think shows in the scored from today.”

Clegg said the team failed to cut down on its mistakes, which proved to be detrimental.

Senior Blake Snyder finished the tournament tied for 43rd (+7, 220). Senior Jarrett Foote and redshirt junior Sang Lee both finished four strokes back from Snyder to tie for 56th (+11, 224).

The Cougars return to spring play Friday at the U.S. Intercollegiate in Stanford, Calif.