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Angelo Roncalli
04-09-2013, 04:22 PM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Gonzaga University men’s golf team won its first tournament of the spring season – and first title since 2005 – Tuesday, posting a six-stroke victory at the University of Wyoming Cowboy Classic. The Bulldogs shot a final-round 275 for a 36-hole winning score of 574.

The team victory is the third tournament title win in program history and first since 2005. The Bulldogs won the 2005 Fort Lauderdale Invitational, held at Grand Oaks Country Club, with a 36-hole 589 and tied for first at the 2003 Inland Collegiate Challenge, held in Lewiston, Idaho, with a one-day score of 303.

Not only did the Zags final round of 275 help secure the six-shot victory over the University of Colorado – who shot a final round best of 274 – it is their lowest 18 round output in school history. The previous best was 277; shot in the first rounds of both the 2012 Wyoming Cowboy Classic and the 2004 Bronco Classic.

Gonzaga used huge rounds by all players Tuesday to capture the win, but the output of junior Peter Gullickson, freshman Sean Walsh and sophomore James Fahy were most critical. Gullickson and Walsh each posted a career-low 67 - 3-under par - Tuesday, while Fahy ended the day with a 68 – which tied his career low round. Fahy’s previous 68 ironically came in the first round of the 2012 Wyoming Cowboy Classic.

Gullickson’s and Walsh’s 67 ties five other former – and current – Bulldogs for the second lowest 18-hole output in school history. Current Zag senior Travis Johnsen is one of the five, having shot a 67 in the second round of last year’s Cowboy Classic.

Gullickson coupled his 67 with a first round 75 for a 36-hole 142. He tied for seventh overall. Walsh added a 76 to his 67 for a two-day total of 143 and ended the tournament tied for 10th.

Fahy finished tied for 25th with a final score of 147 (79-68).

Also important to Gonzaga’s team score Tuesday was sophomore Erik Krzyzanowski’s final round 3-over par 73. He closed out the tournament with a 150 (77-73).

Johnsen had the best round for the Zags Monday, finishing the windy course with a 71, but unfortunately stumbled Tuesday, posting an 82 for a final 153.

UC Santa Barbara’s Glen Scher was the individual medalist, earning the victory with his 2-under par 138 (70-68).

The victory is a huge momentum shift for Gonzaga as it now focuses its attention on the 2013 West Coast Conference Championship. This year’s tournament will be held in Bremerton, Wash., April 15-17 at the Gold Mountain-Olympic Course.

TerpZag
04-10-2013, 08:12 PM
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