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Toreros finish 14th in first event of the 2013 golf season
The Toreros Men’s golf team began the season in Sugar Grove, IL at the prestigious Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club which was hosted by Northern Illinois University. The 7,033 yard Par 72 golf course was very demanding and was a wonderful test of golf for the field. The championship layout tested all facets of one’s game and it was a good time to evaluate our guy’s games after a long summer of tournaments. The first round of competition was a reality check for us shooting a score of 321(+33) and we knew we had to make some ground the following two rounds to have a decent finish. Rounds two and three were slightly better for us with scores of 300(+12) and 309(+21) but it wasn’t enough for us to finish in the upper half of the field. Even though we obviously didn’t play as well as we planned it was a week for us to see the areas we needed to improve and make the adjustments with two more events coming up in the following two weeks.
Grant Forrest: 81-69-75=225(T-33)/Taylor Schmidt: 81-77-73=231(T-55)/
Mathias Dahl: 83-75-79=237(T-71)/Alex Chiarella: 77-79-86=242(T-79)
Joe Carlson(Individual): 77-72-76=225(T-33)/ Will Twitty: 82-79-82=243(82nd)
Toreros finish 4th in the Kikkor Husky Invt’l in Bremerton,WA
After a tough week in Illinois we headed off to Bremerton, WA for our second event of the season. This event was hosted by the University of Washington at Gold Mountain Golf Course. The 7,104 yard Par 72 golf course is one the Toreros are very familiar due to the fact we competed there in April for the West Coast Conference Championships. Heading into this week we knew we had to have a strong finish due to our last tournament and we knew that we had to improve on our mistakes from the previous event. This was a very strong field and it would help us tremendously in the rankings if we could place well and beat some very quality teams. In round one we got off to a much better start shooting -4(284) and were in solo 2nd after the rounds completion. With rounds 1 and 2 being played in the same day we knew we had to stay focused and patient for us to stay on top of the leaderboard and make a push for the title. Round 2 definitely played more difficult as the wind picked up and we played pretty solid with a team round of +3(291) but it was good enough for us to be in the final pairings for the final round. Starting round 3 we knew we had to play flawless and have the University of Washington struggle to have a chance to win but with solo 2nd up for grabs we knew we needed another solid round from the guys. We played pretty solid the first nine holes and were battling for a 2nd place finish until the final few holes. The Par 4 17th hole really killed our chances for 2nd place having to count 3 double bogeys but still needed to play the drive able par 4 18th well so we didn’t lose any more ground. We ended round 3 with a score of 296(+8) which finished us in 4th place out of 15 teams.
Grant Forrest: 69-74-74=217(T-15)/Taylor Schmidt: 74-69-71=214(T-7)
Joe Carlson: 70-75-76=221(T-32)/Skyler Finnell: 77-73-79=229(T-60)
Sebastian Smith: 71-81-75=227(T-54)/ Mathias Dahl(Individual): 73-81-74=228(T-34)
3rd Place for Toreros at St. Mary’s Invt’l; Forrest takes Individual Medalist
With this being our third event in three weeks and gaining some confidence from our last finish in Washington we were looking forward to this event being held at Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf Courses in Seaside, CA. Both courses were very challenging and championship quality and with another good field a solid finish would only help us with the upcoming rankings. Round 1 was being played on the more difficult Bayonet course but it was not the start we were looking for. We shot a score of 304(+16) which left us in the bottom half of the field after round 1 but heading into the second round on Blackhorse we knew we could turn things around very easily. Round two played out a lot better with us shooting 287(-1) and jumping us up the leaderboard allowing us to have a chance for a 2nd place finish. Once again we were heading into our final nine holes of the event with a good chance to take a 2nd place finish but with a few mental errors and bad swings we eventually ended up in 3rd place 2 strokes behind second place. The highlight of the week was junior Grant Forrest taking home individual medalist honors with rounds 71-69-69=209(-7) and earning his second collegiate individual title. Grant’s performance was very impressive on some very demanding courses against some of the best collegiate players in the country. Congrats to Grant and hopefully many more to come.
Grant Forrest: 71-69-69=209(1st)/Taylor Schmidt: 78-73-81=232(T-70)
Joe Carlson: 78-73-78=229(T-55)/Alex Chiarella: 77-72-74=223(T-25)
Skyler Finnell: 83-75-74=232(T-70)/ Nick Baines(Individual): 81-85-78=244(100th)
Toreros in the Pros
USD alum Berry Henson who has fully exempt status on the Asian Tour recently finished in a T-34th in the Omega Masters, which is a co-sanctioned with the European Tour, and had rounds of 67-72-70-70. That finish has him currently 10th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit with roughly ten events remaining on the schedule.
Also Alex Ching and Gunner Wiebe are getting ready for the second half of the season on the PGA Latin America Tour which starts October 7 in Puerto Rico. Gunner is currently 18th on the Order of Merit while Alex is 67th with 7 events remaining.
Joe Panzeri just finished a solid year on the Canadian Tour. With one event to go he had a great chance to finish in the top 5 on the money list and claim status for the next year on the Web.com Tour. He fell $396 short of 5th but with his 6th place finish on the money list he will be exempt into Web.com Final Stage of Q School.
Toreros Look to Defend Title at Bill Cullum Invitational
Coming up next on our schedule is the Bill Cullum Invitational at Wood Ranch GC in Simi Valley on Oct 21-22. We will be looking to defend our team title that we claimed there last year.