Fishburn fuels first place finish at Pacific Invitational

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Patrick Fishburn swings during the Invitational. (Ryan McCrary)
Patrick Fishburn swings during the Pacific Invitational. (Ryan McCrary)

The BYU men’s golf team won the Pacific Invitational on Saturday afternoon led by a first-place individual finish from Patrick Fishburn.

The Cougars blew out the competition with an 18-under par, beating out the next best team by 16 strokes to win the invitational in Stockton, California.

Fishburn shot an impressive nine-under par, followed by a seven-under par from Rhett Rasmussen who tied for second place individually.

“Patrick played great today,” BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. “He’s been so close so many times and it’s nice for him to finally get an individual win.”

BYU finished the third round with a total score of 834, followed by an 850 from both Grandon Canyon and Sacramento State. West Coast Conference competition Pacific fell to 11th place in the final round with an 876.

“Our guys played really well from the start,” Brockbank said. “On the second hole we had four birdies and an eagle. Getting six-under-par helped us get going and the guys played solid after that. Our challenge was to shoot the best score of the week and we did just that.”

Austin Christiansen shot a two-under par to finish in a tie for ninth place individually, while Spencer Dunaway and Peter Kuest tied for No. 21 overall and two-over par. CJ Lee also contributed to the Cougar victory by shooting a 68 in the third round to move into 28th place.

“This was a great team win,” Brockbank said. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, but we have had a good start and can build on it and get better during the break.”

The Pacific Invitational capped a successful 2016 season for the Cougars. The team will play January 23-24 in the Arizona Invitational at the Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson Arizona.

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