Men’s golf will compete in last meet of fall semester

WSU will travel to Pebble Beach to face 17 other teams beginning Monday



Senior AJ Armstrong shot a 221 and tied for 17th in the Paintbrush Invitational Oct. 8-9.

SIGMUND SEROKA, Evergreen reporter

WSU men’s golf will begin the final tournament of its fall season Monday. The Saint Mary’s Intercollegiate Tournament will be held at the Poppy Hills Golf Club in Pebble Beach, California, and will be the first time the Cougars have competed in nearly a month.

Poppy Hills is a 7,002-yard course and has been the host of this tournament since 2006. After being remodeled in 2013 and reopened in 2014, it has been the host to Nature Valley First Tee Open.

The Saint Mary’s Intercollegiate will be played at a par 71 and the teams will play one round a day with tee times ranging from 7:30 to 9:50 a.m. The tournament will run Monday through Wednesday.

WSU will be competing against 17 teams from across the country, including five other teams from the Pac-12 Conference. The Pac-12 teams include the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, University of Utah, University of Arizona and University of Southern California.

The last time the Cougars were on the green was the first week of October when they participated in the Paintbrush Invitational. At this meet, WSU placed eighth out of 12 and was led by senior AJ Armstrong.

Armstrong has yet to finish anywhere outside the top 25 this season in all of the Cougars events. Keeping up with Armstrong is junior Daniel Kolar, who finished tied for 21st in the Cougars’ last outing. Senior Grant Cole and junior Nicklaus Chiam also did well, tying for 32nd.

Junior Scott Redelsperger finished tied for 65th for the Cougars in their last event while sophomore Ryan Maine competed individually and took home 71st. All of these golfers except Redelsperger will be representing WSU again this tournament.

The competition should be stiff going into the three-day tournament at Pebble Beach, as last year Kolar was the only Cougar to place in the top 25. A day of practice on the course before the tournament should help the team regain confidence despite the month since their last competition.

The Cougars tee off at 7:30 a.m. Monday in Pebble Beach, California.