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Toreros finish 11th at Duck Invitational in Eugene, OR

 

For our fourth tournament of the spring we headed to University of Oregon Duck Invitational at the famous Eugene Country Club.  We had heard many great things about Eugene Country Club and what a great golf course it is. Once we arrived to Eugene we found out very quickly that everything we heard was a reality and that this week was going to be a good test for us both physically and mentally. The 7,033 yard Par 72 tree lined course was playing very long due to the wet and cold conditions and with the temperatures being in the low to mid 50’s with an occasional drizzle and our guys were going to have to be patient and really focus on grinding out every shot. The first round we got off to a tough start with most of the guys making a few bogeys and the rest of the day we were playing catch up. We never seemed to get any momentum and were having trouble putting the ball in play off the tee and giving ourselves chances for birdies. We finished the first round at +16 and a score of 304 which left us in 13th place out of 15 teams. Grant lead the way for team after the first round with 74 followed by Joe with a 75. Linus made a few mistakes out there but managed to come in with 76, and Mathias and Skyler didn’t have their best and struggled with 79 and 83. We knew we had to adjust to the moist and damp conditions and we had to do it quickly if we wanted to climb up the leaderboard.

 

Starting off the afternoon round we knew we had to get off to a better start and give ourselves opportunities as well as eliminating big mistakes. We got off to a much better start in round 2 and we seemed to be gaining some momentum throughout the round but we needed to finish the round strong so we could place ourselves in a decent position for the final round.  As the cold and overcast day continued and we finished round 2 with a score of +4 292, which placed us in 11th place out of 15 teams. Grant lead the team for the second consecutive round with a -2 score of 70 and Linus was playing very solid in the second round but ran into some trouble on his final hole but improved his score  by 3 shots and finished with a +1 73. Joe shot 74, Skyler 75, and Mathias 77.

 

We knew we had to have a good final round to get ourselves in the middle of the field and for us to gain some confidence. We woke up to a slight drizzle and with the temperatures in the low 50’s and a continuous rain as well as some very difficult pin locations we knew that the final round was going to be a true test of golf. We knew the final round was going to test the guys both physically and even more mentally but they had to stay patient and play within themselves. In the final round only eight players shot under par out of the 80 player field and only three of those scores were in 60’s. We had a rough start and couldn’t seem to get anything going and struggled most of the day. As the day came to a conclusion we finished with a score of +15 303 and in 11th place out of the 15 team field. Joe and Mathias each shot 75 the final round followed by Grant with a 76. Linus finished with 77 and Skyler 78. Grant was low man on the team with a three round total of 220(+4), Joe 224(+8), Linus 226(+10), Mathias 231(+15) and Skyler 236(+20). Even though we didn’t play as well as we would have liked you always need to learn from your mistakes and take what you can from every experience. This was a good test for us and we need to learn how to adjust and adapt to different playing conditions for us to progress as a team. As always our guys fought hard until the end and we know that this will benefit us in the long run.

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Toreros finish 3rd at ASU Thunderbird Invitational; Forrest Top 5

 

We headed to the Tempe area for the 41st   Arizona State University Thunderbird Invitational. This was our fourth tournament in the last month and our last regular season chance before conference to improve our ranking to qualify for regionals. With a strong field including #1 University of California, # 3 University of New Mexico, #30 University of Nevada Las Vegas and several other top 50 teams this was a good opportunity for us to play well and help our chances to beat some good teams and climb up the national rankings. We brought six players on the trip and for the sixth time this spring semester we had a different lineup. This has been our most senior lineup this semester and junior Mike Bosco playing as an individual. The weather was perfect with the temperatures in the low to mid 90’s and the course in excellent condition we couldn’t ask for better scoring conditions. The 7,002 yard Par 71 course had many birdie opportunities with several holes that imposed some danger but with the great weather conditions this was a good chance for us to play well and gain some momentum heading into conference. Fortunately for us in round one we got paired with #1 California, #30 UNLV, and #44 ASU which would allow our guys to see the premier teams in the country and see how we compare to these elite teams.  In round one we started off well with several guys even to under par through the first four holes and low scores were out there for the taking. Grant played a solid round and finished with a -3 score of 68. Joe played well minimizing his mistakes and ended up with and even par round of 71. Linus managed to put together a decent round even though his ball striking was up to par and closed with a +3 74. Alexis and Taylor both shot 76. Individual Mike Bosco finished with 85. We struggled in finishing the round but our guys fought hard even though they didn’t have their best game and we sat in T-7th out of the 18 team field and were only six shots out of 3rd place.

 

We got off to a hot start in round two and taking advantage of the very scorable first four holes and all of our guys playing those holes one to two under par. This gave us some good momentum and confidence to finish the round strong and climb up the leaderboard. As the second came to a conclusion we played like we expect and finished with a team score of -9 275 which was the low round of the tournament but also moved us up to T- 2nd place and only 2 shots back of the lead behind #3 New Mexico. Grant finished with another round of -3 68 and a two round total of -6 136 placing him in the top 5. Taylor had the lowest round for the team the second round with a -4 67 followed by solid play by Linus who finished with -3 68. Alexis and Joe both shot +1 72. Mike improved and played much better in round two and ended up with a +6 77.

 

The final round saw us paired with #3 New Mexico, # 30 UNLV, and #57 Oregon State. The guys were very positive and excited to compete for a team title but we knew we had to stay focused and concentrate on what we control. If we could do this and just play the golf course everything else would take care of itself. We got off to a decent start and finished the front nine at +2 as a team but we still had a chance to win the tournament on the back nine and that is all we could ask for. Halfway through the back nine is was apparent we were not going to win the tournament, with UNLV blistering the golf course, but it was important for us to finish strong on the last four challenging holes so we could retain our position and prove to our guys that they can compete with the best teams in the nation. As the round came to a conclusion our team finished at -1 283 and more impressive was the way we finished the last four holes even par and placing us in 3rd place beating #3 New Mexico and only 3 shots behind #1 California and four shots back of tournament winner UNLV.  Grant got up and down on his 18th hole to finish with a score of -1 70 and a three round total of -7 206. This gave him a 4th place finish against some of the country’s best collegiate players.  Taylor had another good round with a -2 69 and finished T-11th for the week. Alexis stepped up and finished with an even par 71(T-43rd) while Linus shot 73(T-23rd) and Joe with a 74(T-33rd). Mike struggled a little in the final round and shot a 79(99th).

 

This week was good for the team not only for how we played and our finish but it proved to the guys that we can compete with the country’s best teams and what a great learning experience. This was huge for our team’s confidence and hopefully we can take this momentum heading into the West Coast Conference Championships April 15-17. With this finish and beating some quality teams it has moved us up ten spots to 72nd in the country and on the bubble for a regional bid.

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Toreros head to Bremerton, WA for the West Coast Conference Championships

 

The Toreros will be heading to Bremerton, WA on Saturday April 13th for the final tournament of the regular season. The WCC Championships will be played at the prestigious Gold Mountain Golf Club April 15-17th. The 7,168 yard Par 72 golf course is a wonderful test for the players and will be another chance for us to secure a spot in the postseason.  We will be competing against our conference rivals including Saint Mary’s (#23 in the country), Brigham Young University (#37), University of San Francisco (#56), Pepperdine University (#109), Loyola Marymount University (#134), Santa Clara University (#138) and Gonzaga University (#141). We are keeping the same lineup from last week’s tournament in Tempe, AZ and hoping we can bring home the conference title to San Diego.

 

 

Torero Pride Challenge

 

We wanted to give you and update and reminder on the Torero Pride Challenge. As you all know fundraising is a big part of running our program. We have the opportunity to turn $25 into $10,000 for our program. This challenge is about getting the highest alumni participation rate with gifts of $25 or more. The team with the highest percentage participation gets $10,000 for their program. Show your Torero spirit and help Men’s Golf win this challenge. Use the link below to donate. We appreciate all of your support!!

 

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http://usd.scoutware.net/golf/u/61_ClarkCorbett.jpg   Clark Corbett
Assistant Coach
Golf
clarkcorbett@sandiego.edu
 
  

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