Men’s golf travels for final meet before Pac-12s

Cougars compete in three-day competition with No. 10 Texas Tech

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Men’s golf travels for final meet before Pac-12s

The Cougars conclude regular season play in central California on Friday.

The Cougars conclude regular season play in central California on Friday.

COURTESY OF WSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

The Cougars conclude regular season play in central California on Friday.

COURTESY OF WSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

COURTESY OF WSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

The Cougars conclude regular season play in central California on Friday.

RYAN NGO, Evergreen reporter

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WSU men’s golf will travel to California to compete in the El Macero Classic starting this Friday.

The Cougars’ last meet was at the Duck Invitational in Oregon where WSU finished 13th out of 16 teams. Over the last few meets, juniors Nicklaus Chiam and Daniel Kolar have led the way for Cougar team.

At the Duck Invitational, Chiam finished with a combined 226 (+10) tying for 43rd place and Kolar ended with a combined 223 (+7) tying for 34th. Both Chiam and Kolar earned a combined 216 (E), tying for 41st place, at the National Invitation Tournament two weeks ago as well.

WSU Head Coach Dustin White aims to focus on consistent improvement in each game.

“What matters most to me is for us to feel like we got better each week,” White said prior to the Duck Invitational.

Although the men’s team struggled through the past couple of meets, they look to gain momentum to close out the 2018-2019 regular season. However, the team will be seeing tough competition at the El Macero this weekend.

The Cougars will be joined by No. 10 Texas Tech, who holds the highest ranking among the all the teams at this tournament. Following Texas Tech, No. 48 Nevada, No. 50 Southern Methodist University and No. 52 Oregon State will be in California as well.

This is the sixth year of the 15-team El Macero Classic tournament. The last time the Cougars competed in the El Macero was the 2016-2017 season where WSU took seventh with a combined score of 908 (+44).

WSU tees off at 8 a.m. on Friday in El Macero, California and the event will end Sunday after three rounds of play.