JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (March 20, 2018) - After the first round of The Joust at Goose Creek Monday, the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's golf team was sitting 18th of 20 after shooting 21-over. The ThunderWolves responded by shooting 18-over in the final 36 holes to finish seventh.
The Pack shot a 301 (+21) in the first round, then came back with the T-2nd best finish in round 2 with a six-over 286 to complete day one in a tie for 15th. CSU-Pueblo recorded a the third best round of the day Tuesday to move up eight spots with a 292 (+12) to finish +39 and in seventh.
The ThunderWolves produced 41 birdies to tie for the second most in the field of 20, while the team's three eagles were the second most. The Pack were fifth in both Par 4 (4.25) and Par 5 (4.73) scoring in the tournament.
Freshman Nathan McCann (Lurgan, Armagh, Ireland) also battled back from a tough start, as he shot a 77 (+7) in round one, but flipped the script in round two with a team-low 69 (-1). He continued to play solid golf today and moved up 26 spots, as he carded an even-par 70 to finish with a total score of 216 (+6) that was good for T-11th. McCann totaled four double bogeys in his first round, but didn't have one in the final 36 holes and posted two eagles. The freshman had 10 birdies.
Junior Fraser Hughes (Newton Stewart, Scotland) finished T-16th. He went 73-71-73--217 to finish seven-over. He eagled a 585-yard par 5 today. Hughes dropped 11 birdies to lead the team and rank tied for fourth most in the tournament.
Senior Neil Tillman (Arvada, Colo.) shot one stroke lower each round with a 75-74-73--222 (+12) that put him T-40th of 103. No surprise with his consistent play, Tillman recorded a team-best 33 pars to tie for the fifth most in the tournament.
Freshman Sam Barthram (Weybridge, Surrey, UK) did his job at the No. 5 spot and scored in every round. He finished T-51st after recording rounds of 76-73-76--225 (+15). The freshman totaled nine birdies.
The ThunderWolves will have a quick turnaround, as they travel to Denver for the Bob Writz Invitational, hosted by Colorado School of Mines, March 24-25. The 36-hole tournament is set to be played at Bear Creek Country Club. The Pack are defending champions of the tournament after winning by two strokes last season over the field of 10.
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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.