BYU men’s golf finishes 11th at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational

Mark Philbrick
Patrick Fishburn drives the ball for the BYU Cougars. The Cougars finished 11th at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational. (Mark Philbrick)

The BYU men’s golf team finished five-under par at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational but that wasn’t enough compared to California’s daunting score of 42-under par.

The Cougars finished the first day tied for 12th place and were able to move up one spot to 11th after round three. The team played well overall finishing with three players under par. Senior Tommy Higham finished with the highest score for the Cougars at three-under par and tied 30th.

Head coach Bruce Brockbank said in a press release after day one of the tournament that the Cougars were hitting decent shots. However, they struggled to finish well on the chipping and putting side of the game.

The tournament was held at the Meadow Club golf course in Fairfax, California and hosted by California University. California may not have had home field advantage like in football but playing close to home had to have provided them an advantage on the course. The University of California is just across the bay from Fairfax near San Francisco making them familiar with the course.

The Golden Bears won the tournament finishing with three players in the top 10. The Cougar’s WCC opponent, Pepperdine, finished in second place scoring 33-under par.

BYU’s CJ Lee tied for 35th with a score of two-under par and Patrick Fishburn tied for 38th with a score of one-under par. This week is quite different from last week for Fishburn after he finished third and 11-under par last week at the Nick Watney Invitational.

The Cougars will take a break next week and then finish up their fall tournament play on Oct. 29-31 at the Pacific Invitational in Stockton, California.

PlacePlayerRound 1Round 2Round 3Total
T30Tommy Higham716871-3
T35CJ Lee737068-2
T38Patrick Fishburn736871-1
T57Austin Christensen737569+4
T77Dalton Stranger787277+14
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