WSU Finishes Third at Argonaut Invite

March 3, 2009

PENSACOLA, Fla.- The Washington State men's golf team moved up one position to take third place at the par-72, 6,815-yard Pensacola Country Club, Tuesday.

Junior Kevin Tucker moved up three positions to lead the Cougars in the final round. He carded a final-round score of 68 (-4) to finish in sole possession of second place with a three-round score of 211 (-5). Tucker now has seven career top 10 finishes and moved into a tie for seventh place on the all-time list. He also has 16 career top 25 finishes, ranking seventh on the all-time list.

Freshman Paul Mitzel grabbed his first collegiate top 1o finish at his first collegiate event. Mitzel carded a three-round even-par score to finish in a tie for sixth place.

'Mitzel finished in sixth, an impressive top 10 finish in his first collegiate start,' said WSU Head Coach Walt Williams.

Junior Austin Hurt and freshman Trent Sanders each posted final-round scores of 73 (+1). Hurt moved up nine positions to finish in 20th place. Hurt now has six top 25 finishes this season, one finish away from cracking the all-time single-season list. This mark also ranks him tied for 11th on the all-time career top 25 finish list with 13. Sanders moved up 11 positions to finish in a tie for 26th place.

Wrapping up the Cougar scorers is sophomore Nick Ellis who finished with a three-round score of 229 (+13).

The WSU Cougars posted a score of 288 in the final round to move up one position and finish 14 strokes ahead of fourth-place James Madison. This was the Cougars' second top five finish to start the spring season.

'We played pretty well today, we shot even and moved up one place to finish in third!' said Williams.

Next up for the Cougars is the Border Olympics, March 13, in Laredo, Texas.Argonaut Invitational

March 2-3, 2009Pensacola Country ClubPar 72, 6,815 yardsFinal Results

WSU Results: 2. Kevin Tucker (73-70-68-211, -5), T6. Paul Mitzel (72-70-74-216, E), 20. Austin Hurt (77-73-73-223, +7), T26. Trent Sanders (79-73-73-225, +9), T36. Nick Ellis (74-78-77-229, +13).

Team Results: 1. Virginia (865, +1), 2. Liberty (866, +2), 3. WSU (870, +6), 4. James Madison (884, +20), 5. Air Force (889, +25), 6. Western Carolina (894, +30), 7. West Florida (896, +32), 8. Houston Baptist (900, +36), 9. Samford (913, +49), 10. Ohio (914, +50), 11. Army (942, +78).

Top Five Individuals: 1. Tom Whitney, Air Force (69-66-72-207, -9), 2. Kevin Tucker, WSU (73-70-68-211, -5), 3. Kyle Scott, West Florida (73-68-71-212, -4), 4. Will Collins, Virginia (73-68-72-213, -3), 5. Robert Karlsson, Liberty (70-74-70-214, -2).

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