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Utes Close Out Regular Season Finishing Eighth at ASU Thunderbird Invitational
By Mady White, Utah Athletics Communications- Student Assistant
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Utah men's golf team wrapped up regular season action on Sunday, finishing in eighth place in the 17-team field at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, which is being held at the par-71, 7,032-yard Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.
Utah carded even par (282) in the final round of play to finish with a 54-hole score of 4-over par (290-282-284=856).
“Overall, this was a good tournament for our team,” head coach Garrett Clegg said. “I felt like we played really well today. It was one of our best final rounds all year. We only moved up the team leaderboard one spot, but that doesn't completely tell the story.”
No. 25 Arizona State (-22) took home the team title after narrowly edging out No. 27 UNLV (-21) who would go on to finish in second place. No. 3 Oklahoma (-19) finished in third place, No. 1 Oklahoma State (-17) followed in fourth, and Arizona (-14) placed fifth.
Freshman Blake Tomlinson notched another round below par, registering a third-round 1-under par (70). Tomlinson finished the event in a tie for 15thplace with a combined score of 2-under par (71-70-70=211). Tomlinson has now recorded seven top-20 finishes in the 10 events he has competed in.
“Blake had a great tournament and has been either the first or second finisher on our team in all of the spring tournaments,” Clegg said. “Tristan came through with an exceptional final round of 69.”
Junior Kyler Dunkle posted his best round of the tournament on Sunday after registering a round of even par (71). Dunkle finished in a tie for 34thoverall with a combined score of 3-over par (73-72-71=216).
Sophomore Mitchell Schow carded 3-over par (74) in the third round of play to finish in a tie for 43rdplace in his return to the Utah line-up. Schow finished with a 54-hole score of 5-over par (73-71-74=218).
Freshman Tristan Mandur and sophomore Jordan Costello rounded out the Utes on Sunday in the team event, where Mandur and Costello finished in a tie for 46thplace with scores of 6-over par. Mandur (73-77-69=219) carded 2-under par in the final round, while Costello (74-69-76=219) shot 5-over par in the final round.
“I'm really encouraged by the way we played this week and feel like we are in a great place heading into the conference championship next week,” said Clegg.
Competing at the ASU Thunderbird Individual tournament, junior Nathan Wunderli finished in 28thplace with a combined score of 13-over par (76-75-75=266) at the Papago Golf Course in Phoenix, Ariz.
Freshman Andrew Crockett finished the event in a tie for 29thwith a 54-hole score of 14-over par (72-79-76=227). Sophomore Peyton Hastings placed in a tie for 31stplace with a combined score of 15-over par (78-74-76=228).
Utah will head to the Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships next Monday through Wednesday, April 23-25. The three-day conference tournament will be held at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Los Angeles.
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