Men's golf recap: Rams split Day 1 of Callaway Match Play

March 18, 2012

By Gavin Davis
Athletic Media Relations

BRADENTON, Fla.- The Colorado State men's golf team began Day 1 with a loss to No. 4 seed Oklahoma State but won their match in the consolation bracket  against No. 12 seed South Florida in Round 2 Sunday. Junior Kirby Pettitt has earned the Rams two points by winning both of his individual matches.

In Round 1, against Okahoma State, Pettitt gave the team an early lead by defeating Sean Einhaus 1-up. Senior Zahkai Brown halved his match with Talor Gooch.

Senior Michael Wuertz lost his match to Patrick Winther 2-up leaving the teams tied at 1.5. Freshman Cameron Harrell and Sophomore Parker Edens lost their matches giving Oklahoma State the 2 point edge, 3.5-1.5.

In Round 2, against South Florida, Brown beat Trey Valentine 4 and 2. Pettitt gave the Rams a solid 2 point lead with his win over Branden Collins 6 and 4.

Harrell struggled with Daren Hernandez losing 4 and 3 to make the match 2-1. Wuertz and Edens secured the 4-1 victory by winning each of their individual matches.

The Rams tee off at 6:30 MT for Round 3 against No. 8 seed Iowa. Bracket information and live scoring will be available on

Callaway Match Play Day 1 results:

Oklahoma State def. (13) Colorado State, 3.5-1.5
Talor Gooch, Oklahoma State halved Zahkai Brown, Colorado state
Kirby Pettitt, Colorado State def. Sean Einhaus, Oklahoma State, 1-up
Brad Gehl, Oklahoma State def. Cameron Harrell, Colorado State, 1-up
Patrick Winther, Oklahoma State def. Mike Wuertz, Colorado State, 2-up
Tanner Kesterson, Oklahoma State def. Parker Edens, Colorado State, 2-up

(13) Colorado State def. (12) South Florida, 4-1
Zahkai Brown, Colorado State def. Trey Valentine, South Florida, 4 and 2
Kirby Pettitt, Colorado State def. Branden Collins, South Florida, 6 and 4
Devin Hernandez, South Florida def. Cameron Harrell, Colorado State, 4 and 3
Mike Wuertz, Colorado State def. Rich Kittelstand, South Florida, 6 and 4
Parker Edens, Colorado State def. Bodi Karsono, South Florida, 3 and 2