Men's Golf In The Hunt at Falcon Invitational

Sept. 19, 2009

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The Washington State men's golf team completed the first round of the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational today at the 7,301-yard, par-72 Eisenhower Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colo. After 36 holes the Cougars are in third place going into the final round on Sunday four strokes out of first place.

Austin Hurt led the way for WSU finishing in a tie for 10th. The senior went under par in both rounds and carding a first-day total 141 (-3). A top-25 finish would be the second of the season.

Behind Hurt was sophomore Trent Sanders. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native tallied a 72 (E) during the opening round and concluded the day with a two-under par 70, which was good enough for a share of 13th place. Senior Kevin Tucker was the third Cougar who will enter the final round in the top 25, ending the day in a tie for 23rd with a total of 144 (E).

Freshman Hank Frame and Junior Nick Ellis rounded out the WSU lineup and both carded a 145 (+1) and are currently in a tie for 31st.

'We played very solid, consistent golf today and all five guys contributed,' said head coach Walt Williams.

Play will resume Sunday, Sept. 20th at 8:15 a.m. Check for final results.

WSU Results: T10. Austin Hurt (71-70--141, -3); T13. Trent Sanders (72-70--142, -2); T23. Kevin Tucker (74-70--144, E); T31. Hank Frame (70-75--145, +1); T31. Nick Ellis (72-73--145, +1).

Team Results:1. Utah (276-28--564); 2. UNLV (281-286--567); 3. Washington State (285-283--568); 4. Colorado (282-288--570); T5. Colorado State (288-284--572); T5.Northern Colorado (283-289--572); 7. Air Force Academy (290-284--574); 8. Wyoming (289-286--575); 9. Nevada (293-288--581); 10. San Diego (296-288--584); 11. Colorado-CO Springs (294-293--587); 12. Utah State (297-292--589); 13. Denver (293-297--590); 14. Air Force Silver (300-293--593); 15. Southern Utah (295-301--596); 16. Weber State (303-294--597); T17. Northern Iowa (302-296--598); T17. UAB (296-302--598); 19. Utah Valley (305-295--600).

Top Five Individuals: T1. Steve Bidne, N.Colorado (68-69--137, -7); T1. Mike Branca, Utah (65-72--137, -7); T3. Espen Kofstad, Denver (71-67--138, -6); T3. Zach Zaremba, Wyoming (69-69--138, -6); T3. Brett Kanda, UNLV (68-70--138, -6); T3. Kevin Kring, Colorado (64-74--138, -6).
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