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Utes Finish Third at Mark Simpson Invitational
By Dameon Myres, Utes Associate Director of Communications
ERIE, Colo. – The Utah Men's Golf team closed out the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational with a third-place finish on Tuesday, carding 11-under for the two-day event at Colorado National Golf Club.
Utah shot 853 overall (277-286-290), which included a 2-over 290 in the final round. The Utes have now posted back-to-back top-three finishes, after finishing in second-place at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate back on Sept. 13. It marks the first time a Utah golf team has posted consecutive top-three finishes since the 2009-10 season when the Utes finished second overall at the Falcon Invitational (Sept. 11-12, 2009) and taking top honors at the Purple & Red Invitational (Sept. 28-29, 2009).
“We can take away a lot of positives from the week, but I felt that we had an opportunity to finish higher than we did and we just let that slip away,” said head coach Garrett Clegg. “The opportunity was there, but we just didn't take advantage of it. That being said, I was really thrilled at how we played and how our guys competed for the most part.”
Tournament host Colorado won the event at 20-under (282-276-286=844), followed by Wyoming in second, who carded 8-under in the final round to finish at 19-under (280-285-280) for the event. Campbell finished behind the Utes in fourth with a score of 8-under (283-282-291=856), while Northern Colorado leaped seven spots to finish in fifth-place at 4-under (295-285-280=860).
Freshman Mitchell Schow shot under par for the second straight round, closing with a team-best 4-under 68 and tying for fourth overall at 7-under (72-69-68=209). He recorded four birdies on the day and did was bogey-free in 30 of his final 31 holes.
“Mitchell gave us a chance today, playing really well and going bogey-free in the final round,” said Clegg. “He played tremendous on a course that had some really tough pin placements and it was nice to see him play as well as he did.”
Junior Kyler Dunkle fired Utah's other round under par, finishing at 1-under on the day and tying for ninth overall with a three-round score of 5-under (67-73-71=211).
“Kyler had a great week, coming back home and playing in his home state,” said Clegg. “He had a lot on his shoulders coming back to Colorado and playing, but he stepped up and had three really good rounds for us.”
Freshman Jordan Costello tied for 24th at 1-under (69-70-76=215), while senior Gentry Hicks tied for 50th overall with a three-round score of 4-over (69-76-75=220). Freshman Christian Jamesrounded out Utah's scoring at 17-over (75-74-84=233) and finishing in a tie for 99th overall.
“Jordan played well this week, too,” said Clegg. “It was his first time playing in contention at the college level and although he didn't fair as well today, I thought he played through it and look more from him as the season goes along.”
Utah ranked second among the 19 teams with 50 birdies on the week. Dunkle registered the second-most birdies individually, totaling 14 birdies through the two-day event. Schow followed with 13 birdies in the tournament.
Utah will be back in action again next week hosting the OGIO Utah Invitational, which will be held at The Jeremy Ranch Golf and Country Club. The tournament will be held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3-4.
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