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Cougars, Utes Finish 6th, 7th at MWC Championship

TUCSON, Ariz. (May 7, 2011) – Despite a strong start in rounds one and two, the BYU men’s golf team finished the final round of the Mountain West Conference Championships in sixth place Saturday, and Utah climbed up to a seventh place finish on the strength of Mike Branca’s best round of the year, a 67.”We had a good chance to do very well coming into today,” said BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank. “Our expectations were high, but we had a sloppy start and weren’t able to make a lot of putts.” Sophomore Zac Blair was BYU’s top finisher, carding a 1-over 214 tournament total to tie for 13th place overall, his second-consecutive top-25 finish at the MWC tournament. Cole Ogden and Esteban Calisto finished the tournament as part of a three-way tie for 22nd place. Ogden shot an even-par 71 in round three while Calisto shot a 2-over 73 to give both Cougars a 4-over 217 tournament total. Cameron Edens was not far behind, finishing tied for 24th overall after a third-round 75 (+4) brought his tournament total to 218 (+5). Rounding out the Cougar lineup was Adam Tebbs, who carded a final-round 81 (+10) to finish in 39th place overall.

Branca led the Utes with rounds of 77-73-67-217. He was followed closely by Ben Bankhead with rounds of 75-73-70-218. Derek Adams shot 74-70-77-221.
Jeff Kitches had rounds of 75-79-76-230 while Chase Hite finished the year with 82-83-81-246.

The Field – 2011 MWC Championships 1. San Diego State 2. TCU 3. UNLV 4. Colorado State 5. New Mexico 6. BYU 7. Utah 8. Air Force 9. Wyoming 4 Brigham Young University +8 283 285 292 860 _____________________________________________________________________________ 11 Zac Blair +1 69 72 73 214 T22 Esteban Calisto +4 72 72 73 217 T22 Cole Ogden +4 77 69 71 217 T24 Cameron Edens +5 71 72 75 218 39 Adam Tebbs +15 71 76 81 228