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Utah Golf - Hicks Leads Utah to Third-Place Finish at PING Cougar Clas
By: Dameon Myres, Associate Director of Communications
PROVO, Utah – The Utah men's golf team carded a final-round 2-under par (286) and combined to score a 12-under par (852) to finish in third-place at the PING Cougar Classic that was held at Riverside Country Club.
BYU, who led Utah by a stroke going into Tuesday's final round, carded an 11-under (277) on Tuesday to finish 22-under par (842) and win the tournament. Loyola Marymount shot 5-under par as a team on Wednesday and moved ahead of the Utes for second-place.
Santa Clara and St. Mary's both finished the event at 9-under par (855) to finish in a tie for fourth-place and round out the top-five teams in the field.
Senior Gentry Hicks registered his first top-10 performance of the season, finishing in sole-possession of ninth-place with a three-round score of 5-under par (69-72-70=211). Hicks went onto register his lowest score of the season and match a career-low for a 54-hole event with his 211 strokes on the week, while also posting a top-10 finish for the first time since 2012-13 season.
Freshman Jordan Costello carded a final-round 2-over par (74) and finished the event in a tie for 10th-place with a combined score of 4-under par (212). Costello's 212 strokes in the event is a new season/career-low and it marks the second straight week that the freshman has recorded a top-10 finish.
Freshman Mitchell Schow also carded 2-over par (74) in the final round, but went on to finish in a tie for 23rd with a three-round score of 1-over par (217). Sophomore Kyler Dunkle scored his best round of the event on Tuesday, going 4-under par in the final round. He ended the tournament shooting 2-over par (218) and finishing in a tie for 27th-place.
Sophomore Nathan Wunderli matched yesterday's second-round performance with a score of 2-over par (74), finishing in a tie for 33rd with a combined score of 3-over par (219).
Freshman Peyton Hastings, who played as an individual for the Utes, carded a three-round score of 2-over par (70-73-75=218). He finished in a tie for 27th overall, but was the third-lowest individual in the tournament.
Utah has now posted five top-three performances on the season, which marks the most in a single season since at least 1989-90. Records prior to the 1990-91 season are not available.
The Utes will not have to wait long before teeing it up again as the team travels to Iowa City, Iowa, this weekend to compete in the Hawkeye Invitational. First and second round action is set to get underway this Saturday, April 15, with final round play to be held on Sunday, April 16.