By Dameon Myres, Utah AD of Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Utah men's golf team closed out its season-opening tournament on Sunday, taking fifth place at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, which was held at the par-72, 7,511-yard Eisenhower Golf Course.
Utah finished the three-day event posting a combined score of 12-under par (292-279-281=852) – just one stroke behind No. 12-ranked UNLV, who finished the tournament with a score of 13-under par (851). Wyoming won the event registering a score of 29-under par and Colorado State followed with a score of 24-under par.
"Despite our opening round, we played some really good golf this week," said Utah head coach Garrett Clegg. "A key moment for us this week was playing the final three holes. Last season we struggled to close out tournaments and would frequently lose ground over those final three holes. Today, we made seven birdies to only two bogeys on those holes. I am really proud out how we finished the tournament and look forward to what I think will be a great season for us."
Junior Kyler Dunkle (-6) and Blake Tomlinson (-5) registered top-10 performances in the first event of the season for the Utes. Dunkle finished in a tie for seventh place, while Tomlinson tied for 10th place overall.
Jordan Costello posted a three-day score of 1-under par and finished in a tie for 24th place, while Mitchell Schow came back to finish in a tie for 46th overall with a score of 3-over par. Tristan Mandur rounded out Utah's scoring with a combined total of 6-over par to finish in a tie for 63rd place.
Utah finished the event second overall in a field of 19 teams, registering a score of 3.97 on the par-4 holes this week. The Utes tallied a score of 3.22 on par-3's and 4.80 on the par-5's.
Utah will take a couple of weeks off before returning to action Sept. 25-26 at the Mark Simpson Invitational. The event will be held at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo.