Utes Finish in 13th at ASU Thunderbird Collegiate
PHOENIX- The Utah Men's Golf team closed out regular season play at the ASU Thunderbird Collegiate on Friday and Saturday. The Utes shot 11-over (863) at the two-day tournament to place 13th out of a 15-team field that featured 10 of the nation's top-50 teams.
Utah opened the tournament shooting 6-over (290) on the first 18 and would respond with a stronger round two where they would go on to shoot 3-over (287), giving them a score of 9-over (577) heading into the third and final round of play. On the last 18 Utah shot 2-over (286) to close out the two-day tournament.
Utah was led by their seniors Blake Tomlinson and Tristan Mandur who finished in 32nd and 40th, respectively. The pair both shot 1-over (143) after the first two rounds to sit in a tie for 36th-place heading into the final day of play. Tomlinson shot even-par (71) in round three to give him a 54-hole score of 1-over (214) while Mandur shot 1-over (72) to finish the tournament 2-over (215).
True freshmen Braxton Watts shot 1-under (70) in round two to sit at 3-over (145) after 36 holes. Watts would finish the tournament in a tie for 46th with a score of 3-over (216). Redshirt freshmen Martín León would have his best round on the second 18 shooting even-par (71) on his way to a tournament score of 5-over (218). Rounding out the team was Sophomore Javier Barcos who finished the two-day event with a score of 17-over (230).
TALKING ABOUT THE ROUND: HEAD COACH GARRETT CLEGG
"We need to improve and this was not the showing we were hoping for," said head coach Garrett Clegg. "We have a lot to work on and there isn't one player on our team happy about how they played. We putted it poorly, competed poorly and we drove the ball poorly. It will be good to get back home and get some rest to hopefully get ourselves right for the Pac-12 Championships."
The Utes will be begin their postseason play in just over a week competing at the Pac-12 Championships in Sammamish, Wash., April 25-27, at the Aldarra Golf Club.
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