Cougar golf brings up the rear after first two rounds

From staff reports

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After finishing seventh in the shortened John A. Burns Intercollegiate last week, the Washington State University men’s golf team traveled to Somis, Calif., yesterday to compete in the Jones Sports Invitational hosted by Pepperdine.

Play was suspended during the John A. Burns Intercollegiate due to thunderstorms and flash flood warnings. The Cougars finished two strokes back from a fifth-place tie between Arizona and UTEP (+4, 580).

Junior Michael Anderson led Washington State, finishing in the top-10, shooting 3-under par (141), which tied for eighth place. Senior Blake Snyder finished the tournament tied for 23rd and second place among the team.

“Junior Michael Anderson had another top-10 finish, and that is fantastic for him,” Head Coach Garrett Clegg said in a press release afterward. “This tournament had a number of great players, and for him to finish in the top-10 shows that he can compete with anyone in the country.”

After the first round of play at the Jones Invitational, WSU sits in ninth place tied with San Jose State with a score of 307.

Anderson notched the highest score in the first round (+6) and Snyder finished in second place (+4).

Both Anderson and Snyder were consistent in the second round of play yesterday and continued to be the top two performers for Washington State.

The team finished with a score of (+45, 621) tied at ninth place with UC Irvine after two rounds of play Monday afternoon.

In the second round, Anderson notched a score of 3-over par, bettering his score of the previous round by three. Snyder did not budge and equaled his score in the first round of 4-over par.

Redshirt junior Alex Wagner came in third for the Cougars (+14,158).

Redshirt junior Sang Lee (+15, 159) finished behind Wagner, and then sophomore Bhurinat Songpaiboon shot 19-over par (163).

After two rounds, No. 23 ranked South California leads the tournament shooting 9-over par (585).

Individually, sophomore Riccardo Michelini of San Diego State (-1, 143) and Southern California’s junior Anthony Paolucci are atop the leader board.  

Among the other schools in attendance are San Diego, Cal State Fullerton, Brigham Young, Georgia State, Lipscomb and Cal State Northridge.

The Cougars will round up their last round of play today in what will be their last competition of the month.