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Wunderli Records Second Hole-In-One of the Season at Pac-12 Championships
By: Dameon Myres, Associate Director of Communications U of U
BOULDER, Colo. – Sophomore Nathan Wunderli recorded another hole-in-one and the Utah men's golf team managed to complete its first two rounds at the Pac-12 Championships that are being held at Boulder Country Club.
Wunderli aced the par-3, 204-yard No. 6 hole in round two on Friday to become the first player in school history to register two hole-in-ones in the same season. The Sandy, Utah, native recorded his first career hole-in-one a few weeks back at the Duck Invitational.
Utah was one of six teams that managed to get through all 36 holes on Friday and will head into Saturday's third round in 12th place with a two-round score of 56-over par (379-377=756). Oregon leads the field at 16-over par, but still has players left to finish – as do Washington (+19), Colorado (+33), UCLA (+35), Arizona State (+36) and Washington State (+46).
A total of 12 players were unable to finish on Friday, on a day where temperatures were in the mid to low 30's and snow flurries forced play to be suspended late in round one. Play was officially suspended at 7:45 p.m. MT due to darkness. The remaining groups will wrap-up the second-round tomorrow morning and third round will immediately follow.
“That was an amazing hole-in-one for Nate,” said Utah head coach Garrett Clegg. “It was really cool to see. As for our play as a whole, we need to get better and finish strong the rest of the weekend.”
Freshman Peyton Hastings led the way for the Utes on Friday, posting a two-round score of 11-over par (74-77=151) and is currently in a tie for 49th place. Freshman Jordan Costello followed at 12-over par (75-77=152) and is in a tie for 55th place.
Senior Gentry Hicks, freshman Mitchell Schow and Wunderli are each in a tie for 58th place with scores of 13-over par (153). Hicks shot 10-over par (80) in the first round, but managed to shave seven strokes off his score through the next 18 holes, carding a 3-over par (73) in the second round.
Schow and Wunderli both managed to better their scores in the second round, as well. Schow registered 9-over par (79) in the first round, but came back with a 4-over par (74) in round two. Meanwhile, Wunderli posted scores of 77 and 76, respectively. Wunderlie currently ranks second among all players in the tournament with a 2.88 par-3 stroke average.
Sophomore Kyler Dunkle rounded out Utah's scoring with a two-round total of 15-over par (74-81=155). He is in a tie for 67th place heading into tomorrow's third round.