The men’s golf team finished sixth at the MacKenzie Invitational Tuesday.
The team struggled through the first round but showed improvement during the second and third rounds. The Cougars finished the first day in sixth place and remained in sixth throughout the final round.
The team finished with a score of 16-under par.
No. 2 Oregon and No. 20 California tied for the first place spot shooting 41-under par. The Cougars were also beaten by No. 23 San Diego State, West Coast Conference opponent San Francisco and Colorado State.
Men’s head coach Bruce Brockbank said the team showed its youth but also some good during the tournament.
“We showed signs of greatness out there,” Brockbank said. “The first round we were a bit sloppy, but we’re still young.”
Freshman McCoy Willey was the top golfer for the Cougars in this tournament. Willey shot a 7-under par throughout the tournament and finished 12th overall. He especially had strong second and third rounds and shot a 68.
Willey said he thought he had good shots throughout the tournament.
“I’ve hit the ball well all week,” Willey said. “I hit a lot of greens and just need to make a few more puts drop.”
Junior Zac Blair was the next on the leaderboard for the Cougars. Blair finished the first round in first place but then struggled through the other two rounds and finished 27th overall.
Brockbank said even though Blair struggled, he is still a great golfer and leader of this team.
“Zac’s 64 was really impressive,” Brockbank said. “He struggled but he has been carrying us for so long.”
The other competitors for the Cougars were sophomore Jordan Hammer, freshman Patrick Fishburn and junior Adam Tebbs, who finished 28th, 34th and 63rd respectively. These individual players all struggled in the first round but had strong second and third rounds.
According to Brockbank, the course was good to the golfers.
“We’ve never been to this invitational,” Brockbank said. “It was a really fun course; a golfer-friendly course.”
The Cougars’ next meet is Oct. 31 at the Pacific Invitational in Stockton, Calif.