Men's Golf Finishes Second in Opening Tournament of Spring Season

Feb. 26, 2008

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - The Washington State University men's golf team placed second at the Cuthbert Cup after inclement weather cut the tournament short, Tuesday.

The Cougars held a tie for the lead heading into the third and final day of competition with three individuals in the top 25. However, due to a thunderstorm late in the afternoon, a tiebreaker using the second round results of the fifth golfer from the top two teams determined the winner. The men fired a two-day total of 579 (+3).

Freshman Nick Ellis finished tied for second after two rounds of competition and ended the tournament shooting a 3-under par 141 to lead the Cougars. Ellis' second place finish marks the second top 10 and fourth top 25 finish of his young career. Ellis also leads the Cougars in both categories this season.

Sophomore Kevin Tucker cruised up the leaderboard in the second round and fired a 3-under 69 to move up 11 spots, Monday. With the cancellation, Tucker finished tied for sixth with a total score of 143 and recorded his second top 10 and fifth top 25 finish of his career.

Sophomore Nick Grigsby also improved in the second round of play to finish in tie for 16th (146). Grigsby earned his seventh career top 25 finish which is second among all active Cougars.

Freshman Xavier Dailly finished with a total score of 149 and sophomore Austin Hurt ended the tournament with 156 to round out the Cougar contingent.

The men hope to continue their spring season success March 14, when they travel to Texas for the Border Olympics.

WSU Results: T2. Nick Ellis (69-72--141, -3); T6. Kevin Tucker (74-69--143, -1); T16. Nick Grigsby (75-71--146, +2); T30. Xavier Dailly (74-75--149, +5); T52. Austin Hurt (79-77--156, +12).

The Field: 1. UNC Wilmington (293-286--579, +3); 2. Washington State (292-287--579, +3); 3. Charleston (295-285--580, +4); 4. Maryland (296-285--581, +5); 5. Richmond (292-290--582, +6); 6. Western Carolina (292-293--585, +9); 7. Rice (297-290--587, +11); 8. Charleston Southern (305-287--592, +16); 9. Appalachian State (307-295--602, +26); 10. William & Mary (305-299--604, +28); 11. Missouri (307-299--606, +30); 12. Cincinnati (312-306--618, +42).

Top Five Individuals: 1. Chris Gold, Maryland (71-66--137, -7); T2. Nick Ellis, Washington State (69-72--141, -3); T2. Josh Brock, UNC Wilmington (70-71--141, -3); T4. Andres Cuenca, Western Carolina (67-75--142, -2); T4. Andrew Kay, Maryland (73-69--142, -2).

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