BYU men’s golf team takes sixth place in season opener

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The BYU men’s golf team finished sixth out of 17 teams in the Arizona Intercollegiate behind Patrick Fishburn’s individual eighth place effort  to start the spring season.

The BYU men's golf team poses for a picture in front of Mt. Timpanogos. The Cougars finished in sixth place as a team in the Arizona Intercollegiate this weekend. (Mark Philbrick)
The BYU men’s golf team poses for a picture in front of Mt. Timpanogos. The Cougars finished in sixth place as a team in the Arizona Intercollegiate this weekend. (Mark Philbrick)

Fishburn led the Cougars Friday and was tied for 14th place before the lack of light forced the tournament to continue Saturday morning. In the third round Fishburn improved his place with four birdies in 18 holes to finish the round two-under par and even for the tournament.

“Patrick continues to play solid golf,” BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. “His play was key to our sixth place finish as a team. I saw progress this tournament, and I saw some really good golf being played throughout [Saturday’s] round. We are going a step in the right direction, and we can get there if we eliminate some of our loose shots.”

Sophomore Zach Pritchard earned a 38th individual finish as the next closest Cougar to Fishburn with a +11 overall score. BYU’s C.J. Lee posted a +13 score on the tournament to finish tied for 47th place.

BYU freshman Austen Christiansen finished tied at 54th place individually with a +16 score. Fellow freshman Spencer Dunaway posted a +18 score to finish tied for 57th place overall.

The Cougars finished the tournament 34-over-par through 54 holes with a total score of 886. The third round score of 293 was the best for the team compared to 297 and 296 for the first and second rounds, respectively. BYU’s sixth place overall finish outdid all of their fall tournament performances.

BYU travels next to Lihue, Hawai’i, to compete in the John H. Burns Invitational February 17-19 at the Wailua Golf Course.

 

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