Men's Golf Ends the Husky Invitational in a Tie for Ninth
BREMERTON, Wash. – The Washington State men's golf team finished the Husky Invitational in a tie for ninth place on the team leaderboard, as the Cougars shot an 873 (+9) through three rounds at the Gold Mountain Golf Club. Redshirt senior Max Sekulic led the way for the Cougars in their first tournament of the season, as he finished in a tie for 15th on the player leaderboard.
WSU concluded its stay at the Husky Invitational by carding a 296 (+8) in Tuesday's third round to finish the tournament at nine-over par; 864. The Cougars were led by the sophomore duo of Preston Bebich and Jaden Cantafio in the third round, as each golfer shot a team-best one-over par; 73 in the round. Washington State ends the Husky Invitational in a tie for ninth place with San Diego State.
"All-in-all, there were some really encouraging things to take away this week," said WSU men's golf head coach Dustin White. "The guys had a great competitive-spirit and hit a lot of quality shots. We had some moments of adversity but seemed to respond better and more quickly than before, which is huge. This week is a good starting point for us and gives us an idea of where to focus before we leave for Notre Dame. Onward and upward."
Sekulic collected three birdies and posted an eagle on the sixth hole to help him finish the third round at two-over par; 74. The Rycroft, Canada native posted a top-20 finish in his first tournament of the season, as he shot three-under; 213 through three rounds of play to finish in a tie for 15th.
Bebich and Cantafio followed Sekulic on the player leaderboard by finishing in a tie for 26th and 52nd, respectively. Junior Yuya Eguchi posted five birdies in the third round to help him finish the tournament in a tie for 55th, while Tianyu Wu rounded out the group by finishing in a tie for 69th.
A trio of individual Coug golfers had a spectacular final round at the Husky Individual Invitational on Tuesday, as junior Pono Yanagi and freshmen Peter Jung and Franklin Lydra each carded under-par in their round. Lydra shot a career-best four-under; 68 in the third round, as he landed seven birdies on the day. Yanagi shot three-under par; 69 in the third round to help him finish in a tie for eighth place in the individual tournament. Jung also posted a top-15 finish in the individual tournament after shooting one-under par; 71 in Tuesday's third round.
Host Washington won the 2021 Husky Invitational, as they posted a three-day score of 846 (-18). Oregon State's Brandon Eyre won the individual title by carding nine-under par; 207.
The Washington State men's golf team will be back in action Oct. 4-5, as the Cougars travel to South Bend, Indiana to play in the Fighting Irish Classic hosted by Notre Dame.
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|Place||Golfer||1st Rd||2nd Rd||3rd Rd||Total|
|T-15th||Max Sekulic||69 (-3)||70 (-2)||74 (+2)||213 (-3)|
|T-26th||Preston Bebich||72 (E)||71 (-1)||73 (+1)||216 (E)|
|T-52nd||Jaden Cantafio||75 (+3)||74 (+2)||73 (+1)||222 (+6)|
|T-55th||Yuya Eguchi||73 (+1)||73 (+1)||77 (+5)||223 (+7)|
|T-69th||Tianyu Wu||78 (+6)||74 (+2)||76 (+4)||228 (+12)|
|Team Score||T-9th Place||289 (+1)||288 (E)||296 (+8)||873 (+9)|
|T-8th*||Pono Yanagi||70 (-2)||72 (E)||69 (-3)||211 (-5)|
|13th*||Peter Jung||73 (+1)||69 (-3)||71 (-1)||213 (-3)|
|T-16th*||Franklin Lydra||74 (+2)||73 (+1)||68 (-4)||215 (-1)|
*Played in the Husky Individual Invitational