PUEBLO, Colo. (September 5, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Golf defended its home turf by capturing the first place finish at the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational for the second consecutive year. As a team, the Pack shot an even par 864, to beat second place Lewis University by three strokes.
Pack newcomers Fraser Hughes (Jr., Newton Stewart, Scotland) and Nathan McCann (Fr., Lurgan, Armagh, Ireland) shared First Place in their first tournament at CSU-Pueblo. Hughes and McCann each shot a -8 (208) over three rounds of play at Walking Stick Golf Course to earn their first win at CSU-Pueblo.
With Hughes and McCann winning the event, a Pack student-athlete has claimed first place in each of the last two seasons. Neil Tillman (Sr., Arvada, Colo.) and Jake Ice shared the championship last season.
Hughes followed up his impressive 66 (-6) in the second round yesterday with a -2 (70) in the third round. McCann was the only player who was under par in all three rounds. He played his best round Tuesday with a -4 (68) to earn a share of the win.
Tillman finished in the top five for the third consecutive season. He carded a -2 (214) to claim a tie for fifth. The Pack's lone senior shot a -2 (70) in the third round.
Austin Burgess (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) ranked fourth on the Pack and 13th overall. He finished the tournament +2 (218).
Junior Taylor Rodriguez (Pueblo, Colo.) rounded out the top 20 with a +8 (224). Rodriguez shot a +3 (75) Tuesday.
After winning their second consecutive Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational, the Pack will hit the road for the first time in 2017-18 when they head to the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational in Amarillo, Texas. The event will be held at the Tascosa Golf Club Sept. 11-12.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.