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Toreros finish 9th at a very tough Jack Nicklaus Invitational

 

For our second tournament of the fall we headed to Ohio State’s Jack Nicklaus Invitational at the famous Muirfield Village Golf Club.  We learned very quickly in the practice round that Muirfield Village was going to be a tough challenge and this was apparent early on in round one.  Heavy frost on day one forced the tournament to be cut from 54 to 36 holes.  The weather was still quite cold when play began but we got off to a solid start.  There are very few easy holes at Muirfield and with the cold soft conditions even the easy holes were playing tough.  We finished our first nine holes poorly and started sliding down the leaderboard quickly.  We rallied for a stretch of holes but couldn’t hold the momentum and finished with +21, 309.  The course was playing extremely tough and this left us in 6th place of 11 teams, but only 7 shots out of 2nd place.  The field was tightly bunched with 2nd and 10th place only 8 shots apart.  Grant birdied 3 of his last 5 to shoot 73 and lead the team.  Linus played solid and shot 76.  Mathias shot 79, Alexis 81, Alex 82. 

 

We knew we needed a good final round to gain ground on the leaders.  As most of you probably know the PGA Tour hosts the Memorial at Murifield every year and we found out that on day two they would be using 15 of the 18 final round Memorial hole locations.  The sun was out but the temperature was still cool and it was breezy.  The wind at Muirfield swirls though the trees and it is very difficult to tell what it is doing.  That and the tough hole locations made for one of the toughest tests of golf I have ever seen.  In the final round only four players shot lower than 73.  It was below 40 degrees when we teed off and the cold weather and difficult pins led to a bad start for us.  We played better after it warmed up but couldn’t gain any ground down the stretch. We didn’t finish as high up on the leader board as we would have liked but we did beat the 9th and 26th ranked teams in the country at the time. Our 9th place finish was good enough to give us a nice boost in the rankings.  As always our guys fought hard until the end and the experience of playing such a difficult course against a strong field will benefit us in the long run.

 

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Toreros win Cal State Northridge’s Bill Cullum Invitational

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After a week off of tournament play we headed to Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley for the Bill Cullum Invitational.  After a week of good practice and our guys shooting some good scores on our home courses we had high hopes for this event.   With 20 teams in the field and only one team ranked ahead of us we needed to play well to keep rising in the rankings.  The course was playing fairly easy but had just enough wind and trouble to cause problems if our focus wasn’t high.  We started off solid in round 1 but let it get away from us in the middle of the round.  We played the 18th hole 6 under par and salvaged a decent even par round which tied us for first place.  Grant and Linus were tied for the lead individually both shooting 69.  Mathias struggled all day but still managed a 77.  Alexis shot 73 and Skyler Finnell in his college debut shot 81. 

In the afternoon round we started off well once again but this time were able to maintain the momentum throughout the afternoon.  Mathias caught fire in the second round.  He eagled the par 5 15th, birdied the18th and eagled number 2 on his way to 67. Grant birded 16-18 and finished with 67. Linus played solid all day and birdied his final hole in near darkness for 70.  Alexis had a rollercoaster of a round finishing with 75. Skyler was the only one not to finish his round and sat at +2 with one hole to play.  At worse we were going to shoot -9 as a team and have a decent lead. 

 

We did end up shooting -9 and had a seven shot lead on Washington State and a nine shot lead on Arizona State heading into the final round.  We felt good about our chances to win but no lead is safe and we wanted to play solid and extend our lead.  Everyone played well and through the first 6 holes we were absolutely lighting it up.  We cooled a little toward the end but still shot the low round of the day with a -5 283.  After not playing his best in the first two rounds Skyler came through for us shooting 68 in the final round.  Grant and Linus both had a chance to win the tournament heading into the final day but came up just short.  Grant shot 71 and finished 2nd, Linus shot 74 finishing 5th.  Mathias had another good day with 71 and Alexis shot 73.  Our final team total was 14 under par for a 9 shot lead over Arizona State.  It was Coach Scoggin’s first full field win as head coach. 

 

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Moving up in the rankings!

 

The new Golfstat and Golfweek team rankings came out on Wednesday and we cracked the top 50 in both!  Golfstat has us at 47th and Golfweek at 46th.  We are moving in the right direction and plan on continuing to do so. 

 

Toreros in the Pros!

 

It has been a busy time for our alumni who have moved on to the professional ranks.  PGA Tour Q-School started in September and we had five alumni competing.  Blake Trimble, Alex Ching, Joe Panzeri, Gunner Wiebe, and Darrin Hall all participated.  Gunner Wiebe made it through first stage and will be teeing it up at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, CA starting November 14th

 

PGA Tour Q-School results

 

Former Torero Ben Murray will have conditional status on the Canadian Tour.  Berry Henson continues to have success on the Asian Tour.  He currently sits 14th on the money list with $145,036 in earnings.  He has 3 top 10’s and 5 top 25 finishes this season.   

 

The Toreros Pride Challenge

 

We want to remind all golf alumni about this great opportunity for us.  The sports team that has the highest percentage of alumni donors who give at least $25 gets a $10,000 donation from the athletic department.  We finished 4th last year and have a great chance to win this year! 

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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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