Golf Wraps Up Fall With 4th Place Finish At The Visit Stockton Invitational
Stockton, Calif- The Utah Men's Golf team finished in fourth place at the Visit Stockton Invitational after shooting 22-under (830). Two Utes finished inside the top 10 as the team secured their fourth top five finish in just five fall tournaments. The last time the team had four top five finishes in the fall portion of their season was in 2017.
Utah came into the invitational ranked for the first time this season; sitting at 41st. The team opened the three-day tournament shooting 4-under (280) to place them in a tie for fifth after round one.
In round two, the Utes improved their score by 10 strokes shooting 14-under (270) to remain in the top five. The team recorded 23 birdies in the impressive round giving them a tournament score of 18-under (550) through 36 holes. On the final 18, the team would once again shoot 4-under (280) allowing them to move up the leader board to fourth.
Sophomore Javier Barcos was the Utes' top finisher for the second time this season as he shot 13-under (200) to finish in solo possession of third place. His 200 is the second lowest 54-hole individual score on record at Utah with Barcos setting the record at the Notre Dame Collegiate earlier this month.
Barcos opened the three-day tournament shooting 5-under (66) on the first 18 before exploding in round two to shoot 8-under (63). His second-round score of 63 also ties him for the second lowest 18-hole individual score in school history. Barcos' 36-hole score of 13-under (129) landed him atop the leader board and gives him the record for the lowest 36-hole individual score at Utah. On the final 18, Barcos shot even par (71) to finish inside the top three.
Senior Blake Tomlinson also had a strong tournament for the Utes as he finished in a tie for seventh after shooting 8-under (205). Tomlinson shot 2-under (69) in round one and 1-under (70) in round two to place himself in a tie for 20th going into the third round. The senior saved his best round for last as he was able to climb the leader board 13 spots after shooting 5-under (66).
Freshmen Martín León finished the tournament shooting even par (213) to tie for 37th. His best round came in round two where he shot 3-under (68) recording four birdies on his way to the low score. Senior Tristan Mandur tied for 41st after shooting 1-over (214). Mandur started the tournament slow but rebounded in the final two rounds to climb the leader board 31 spots.
True freshmen Joseph Lloyd competed in his second straight tournament as an individual and placed in a tie for 52nd after shooting 3-over (216). Freshman Jesper von Reedtz rounded out the team as he shot 5-over (218) to tie for 61st.
TALKING ABOUT THE ROUND: HEAD COACH GARRETT CLEGG
"Overall Javi and Blake were very solid. I know Javi was disappointed in his final round, but he played great this week and carried us. Recording his second top three finish this year is big for him and his confidence. As for the team we are disappointed in how we performed. We played well in round two but other than that we didn't play at our level. This will be something that will sting in the offseason and hopefully help motivate us to get better. We will be getting back to work when we get home."
The team will return to the course in 2022 when they travel to Lihue, Hawaii to compete in the John A. Burns Intercollegiate February 18.