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Utah Golf - Golf Teams Take Fourth and Seventh at OGIO Utah Invitational

PARK CITY – The Utah men’s golf team carded a final-round 1-under par (283) on Tuesday to finish in fourth-place at the OGIO Utah Invitational, which was held at Jeremy Ranch Golf and Country Club in Park City. Utah’s B-team finished in seventh-place for the event after combining to shoot 11-over par (295) in the final round.

Utah’s A-team finished the event with a three-round score of 3-under par (285-281-283=849), while the B-team finished at 9-over par (285-281-295=861).

“We played some really nice golf, but it just wasn’t what we needed to bring to the tournament this week,” Utah head coach Randall McCracken said. “It was nice to see both teams play well this week, but in the end it wasn’t enough and we just needed to bring a more to our home event.”

Utah had a player from each team record a top-10 finish in the event with freshman Trent Hill leading the way and posting a second-place finish after carding a final-round 3-under par to finish the 54-hole event at 10-under par (67-68-68=203) for Utah’s B-team.

Hill became the first Ute to card at least a score of 10-under par in a 54-hole event since Steve Broker notched 10-under par at the Ron Moore Invitational in Goodyear, Ariz., back on March 20, 2007.

Senior Jose Pelayo tallied his first top-10 finish of the season and second of his career, taking seventh-place for Utah’s A-team with a three-round score of 6-under par (70-69-68=207).

“We had some outstanding performances from both Trent and Jose this week” McCracken said. “Trent is just a true freshman and he played very well over the past two days. Jose had three very good rounds and it was nice to see that kind of effort from him on his home course.”

A pair of Utes finished in the top-25 for Utah’s A-team with senior Jonathon Thomas carding a final-round 1-under par (70) to finish in a tie for 20th-place and carding a three-round score of even par (70-73-70=213). Senior Brandon Kida finished in a tie for 24th-place after posting a final-round 1-over par (72) and finishing the event at 1-over par (72-70-72=214).

Rounding out Utah’s A-team was Brent Pollock (+5, 73-72-73=218) and Gentry Hicks (+5, 75-70-73=218), who both finished in a tie for 33rd-place in the tournament.

Senior Steven Croft notched his second-career top-20 finish, tying for 20th-place overall and finishing the event at even par (70-71-72=213) for Utah’s B-team. Junior Justin Mortensen carded a 7-over par in the final round and finished in a tie for 44th-place with a score of 10-over par (72-73-78-223).

Rounding out play for Utah’s B-team was Remec Carlson (76-79-77=232) and Nathan Wunderli (85-69-78=232), as both players carded final scores of 19-over par to finish in a tie for 65th-place.

Playing as an individual, Drew Grundberg finished in a tie for 62nd-place with a three-round score of 18-over par (79-79-73=231).

Houston carded its highest score of the event in Tuesday’s final round, but still managed to capture the team title with a two-day score of 28-under par (273-267-284=824). Utah State (-15, 278-279-280=837) finished second overall, 13 shots back of the Cougars, while Weber State (-5, 279-287-281=847) managed to finish in third-place, just two stokes ahead of the Utes.

Little Rock (-1) and Boise State (+8) finished ahead of Utah’s B-team, taking fifth and sixth-place, respectively. Utah Valley (+12), Lamar (+12), Rollins College (+38), Southern Utah (+46), CSU-Bakersfield (+50) and Westminster (+52) rounded out the rest of the field.

Utah will return to action in three weeks at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C. The two-day event will be held Sunday and Monday, Oct. 25-26.