The BYU men’s golf won first place at the Nick Watney Invitational Tuesday at the San Joaquin Country Club in Fresno California. Senior Patrick Fishburn finished the tournament in third place and freshman Peter Kuest got fifth place to help fuel the victory.
Fishburn was at 1-under-par through the first round, while Kuest was at 2-under to put the Cougars into third place. A strong second round from Spencer Dunaway (-1) and Rhett Rasmussen (E) allowed BYU to slide into first place with an overall score of 572 (+4).
Fishburn rallied to finish the final round at four-under and earn a third place finish. Kuest shot two under in the last round to maintain the BYU lead over the rest of the competition. The team finished with an overall score of 853 (+1)
“We hung in there all three rounds,” Fishburn said. “We didn’t get off to the best start, but we battled back and played well, especially the last hole. Out of our five golfers, we had three birdies and one eagle.”
This win marks the second victory of the season for the BYU men’s golf team. The Cougars finished just two strokes ahead of Nevada and St. Mary’s, both of whom ended with an 855 (+3)
“It feels really good to win two out of three tournaments,” Kuest said. “We’re on an emotional high right now. We battled the whole way through.”
The men’s golf team look to build on their momentum in Fairfax, California on October 10-11 at the Alister Mackenzie Invitational.