Sekulic Shoots Under-Par for the Second-Straight Day at El Macero Classic
DAVIS, Calif. – Redshirt junior Max Sekulic posted his second-straight round carding under-par at the El Macero Classic on Monday, April 12, to highlight the final day of the tournament for the Washington State men's golf team.
Sekulic shot one-under par; 71 in the third round of the El Maceroa Classic. The Rycroft, Alberta native caught fire in on the back-nine, as he collected three birdies to round out his day. Sekulic's performance on Monday marked his second-consecutive round finishing under-par, as he concluded the second round of the El Macero Classic with a season-best score of three-under par; 69. The redshirt junior finished the tournament carding one-over par; 217 to finish in a tie for 24th on the player leaderboard.
As a team, the Cougars finished the El Macero Classic in 14th place with a team score of 888 (+24). Washington State carded seven-over par; 295 in Monday's third round.
"We struggled this week," said WSU men's golf head coach Dustin White. "It didn't seem like we could get anything going. It was a lack of effort, we just weren't able to consistently execute shots. We need to be super-focused between now and the Pac-12 Championships to show up there ready to compete."
Graduate transfer Eric Hagen put together his best round on the tournament's final day, as the Olympia, Washington native shot one-over par; 73. Hagen's performance on Monday helped him finish in a tie for 52nd on the player leaderboard with a tournament score of 224 (+8). Fifth-year senior Nicklaus Chiam collected three birdies during his final 18 holes of play at the El Macero Country Club. The Singapore native finished the tournament tied with teammate Nate Plaster for 57th on the player leaderboard, as both WSU golfers carded 226 (+10).
Freshman Jaden Cantafio shaved two-strokes off his tournament score in the third round, carding two-over par; 74 to finish the tournament in a tie for 64th. Fellow freshman Preston Bebich, who made his WSU debut at the El Macero Classic as an individual, finished his first collegiate tournament in a tie for 39th, as the Gig Harbor, Washington native shot an even-par; 72 in the third round.
Arizona State captured the team title at the El Macero Classic, as the Sun Devils completed the tournament with a team score of 825 (-39). Nevada's Sam Harned and St. Mary's Blake Hathcoat each claimed a share of tournament's individual title, as each golfer carded 16-under par; 200.
The Washington State men's golf team will be back in action April 26-28, as the Cougars will compete in the 2021 Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships in Santa Rosa, California. The three-day tournament will be played at the Mayacama Golf Club. Check back with WSUCougars.com for more information on the 2021 Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships.
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|Place||Golfer||1st Rd||2nd Rd||3rd Rd||Total|
|T-29th||Max Sekulic||77 (+5)||69 (-3)||71 (-1)||217 (+1)|
|T-41st||Eric Hagen||77 (+5)||76 (+4)||73 (+1)||224 (+8)|
|T-47th||Nicklaus Chiam||73 (+1)||75 (+3)||78 (+6)||226 (+10)|
|T-61st||Nate Plaster||78 (+6)||71 (-1)||77 (+5)||226 (+10)|
|T-70th||Jaden Cantafio||77 (+5)||76 (+4)||74 (+2)||227 (+11)|
|TEAM||14th Place||303 (+15)||290 (+2)||295 (+7)||888 (+24)|
|T-39th||Preston Bebich||72 (E)||77 (+5)||72 (E)||221 (+5)|