CSU Men's Golf Rallies To Capture Third Straight Ram Masters Invitational, Cannon Medalist
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State men’s golf team rallied from a four-stroke deficit entering the final round for a seven-shot victory and its third straight Ram Masters Invitational Presented by Pedersen Toyota title, Sept. 19-20. Hosted by CSU, the two-day, 54-hole tournament was played at Fort Collins Country Club (Par 70 – 7,218 yards).
The final round was stellar for the Rams, as the team jumped out to a very quick start, making six birdies in the first four holes among the eventual counting scores to take the overall lead five holes into the day. CSU then kept it together and finished with five solid scores to post a four-man score of 3-under 277 and a three-round total of 4-over 844. The 277 tied for the third lowest single-round score in tournament history and only the seventh under-par round in the five years of the event. CSU was seven shots clear of Mountain West-rival Nevada, who shot a 5-over 285 in the last 18 to finish at 851. Second-round co-leader Wichita State was third at 13-over 853, followed by Air Force in fourth at 18-over 858 and Sacramento State rounding out the top five teams at 20-over 860.
Senior Blake Cannon had the round of the tournament on the final day, shooting a 6-under 64 to take home medalist honors with 54-hole record total of 7-under 203. In winning his first collegiate tournament, Cannon had six birdies and no bogeys and posted three rounds of par or better, improving his score each round en route to a personal college-best 18- and 54-hole score. He won the tournament by four shots over Air Force’s Brenden Bone and Kaleb Gorbahn of Nevada.
Junior Colton Yates also finished the tournament under par, shooting a 2-under 208 to tie for fourth after a final round 1-over 71. His 54-hole total ties for the eighth-best total in the history of the Ram Masters Invitational. It was his second career top-five finish and lowest 54-hole score in a tournament.
“The guys were awesome today,” head coach Christian Newton said after picking up his fifth tournament victory as CSU’s head coach. “I just can’t say enough about how they played and obviously Blake’s 64 was the catalyst for the whole thing. Yesterday we kind of rode the roller coaster and could never quite get it going but today they were solid. All throughout the day, Air Force, Nevada, Wichita (State) all made runs at some point and I think it got as close as one or two, but they just did a fantastic job. I am so proud of them.”
Sophomore Jake Staiano moved up seven spots in the last 18, shooting a 1-over 71 to tie for 17th at 5-over 215, while freshman A.J. Ott improved 10 places with his final round 1-over 71 to tie for 32nd at 8-over 218. Senior Jimmy Makloski completes the top team effort in a tie for 70th at 17-over 227.
Junior Max Oelfke and senior Logan Iverson tied for 34th at 9-over 219 after each shot a 2-over 72 in the final round. Senior Alec Bone tied for 70th at 17-over 227 with a 3-over 73 in the last 18, his best of the event, while redshirt-freshman Kyle Kidd posted an even-par 70 on the day to tie for 76th at 18-over 228. Sophomore Pierce Aichinger was the remaining Ram, tying for 95th at 27-over 237.
CSU will be right back in action, traveling to Albuquerque, N.M. for the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, Fri.-Sat., Sept. 23-24, where the Rams tied for third last year. The two-day tournament, hosted by the University of New Mexico, is played at the UNM Championship Course.
- Blake Cannon’s final round 64 tied for the second-lowest single round in the tournament
- CSU’s 844 is the second lowest tournament score in the five-year history, surpassed only by last year’s 839 in the event.
- Wichita State’s 4-under 276 in the opening round is the second-lowest 18-hole team score in tournament history.
- CSU finished second the first two years of the tournament and first the last three times.