Golf Ties For Second At Mark Simpson Invitational
Denver, CO.- The Utah Men's Golf team finished in a tie for second at the Mark Simpson Invitational with three Utes finishing in the top-25 after shooting 36-under (828), the third-lowest 54-hole team score on record at Utah.
The team opened the two-day tournament by shooting a blistering 18-under (270) through the first 18 and giving them the third-lowest 18-hole team score on record at Utah. In the second round the team kept up their strong play by shooting 16-under (272), placing them in second overall with a tournament score of 34-under (545) through 36 holes. The Utes strong two opening rounds of play allowed them to score the second-lowest 36-hole score since 1990.
On the second day and final round of play the team shot 2-under (286) to finish in a tie for second overall. Utah and San Francisco tied for the second-best score in the tournament's 11-year history.
Blake Tomlinson rebounded after a slow start to finish the tournament in a team-high tie for fifth place. After shooting 2-over (74) in the first round, Tomlinson tied his personal best 18-hole individual score by shooting 8-under (64) in round two. On the final 18, Tomlinson shot 5-under (67) allowing him to climb the leader board 19 spots to finish inside the top-five.
Martín León finished in a tie for 12th in his first tournament competing in the starting lineup. León was one of two golfers at the Mark Simpson to set a record for the lowest 18-hole individual score when he shot 9-under (63) in the first round, which also ties as the second-lowest 18-hole score on record at Utah. He finished the tournament carding 9-under (207) and as the second-highest ranking Ute.
Javier Barcos also had a strong opening two rounds for the team shooting 6-under (68) and 8-under (66) in the first and second round. This is the lowest 36-hole score of Barocs career at Utah and his 8-under is the lowest 18-hole score he has ever recorded as a Ute. Barcos would go on to shoot 7-under (209) to tie for 24th among the field.
Rounding out the team was Tristan Mandur and Jesper von Reedtz who finished tied for 45th and 54th respectively. Mandur shot 3-under (69) in the first two rounds to propel him to shoot 2-under (214) for the tournament. Reedtz best round came on the first 18 where he shot 2-under (70) on his way to shooting even par (216).
TALKING ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT: HEAD COACH GARRETT CLEGG
"Overall finishing in second place is a good tournament. Blake made an incredible comeback after a terrible opening round. For him to finish in the top-five after his opening round was awesome. We only have a few days between this tournament and our next one and we really need to work on our putting and chipping in preparation for Notre Dame's event."
The team will be back in action on October 4th to compete in the Notre Dame Collegiate in South Bend, Ind.