Laird wins Border Olympics
Senior Martin Laird won the individual title of the 53rd annual
Border Olympics on April 3 in Laredo, Texas. Helping the CSU men’s
golf team to secure a fourth place finish. Lairds’ three-round
total of 207, 9-under par, gave him his first victory of the
Nolan Martin, also a senior, gave the Rams a boost as his score
of 216 put him in a tie for 14th.
“Martin and Nolan are playing really solid and we are getting
help from the (No.) 3, 4 and 5 guys as well,” said CSU head coach
Playing as an individual, Nate Pettitt tied for 21st, while John
Hayes tied for 29th, Kevin McAlpine tied for 51st and James
Kurtenbach tied for 54th.
CSU moved up two spots in the final round of play, bringing
their score to 866, but could not catch up to Southern Methodist
University who won the tournament with 852. The fourth place finish
was the team’s 10th straight top-20 finish in the 2003-04 season
and the ninth top-10 finish of the spring.
The Rams will enjoy some time off before heading to their last
regular-season tournament of the spring, the Cougar Classic hosted
by Brigham Young in Provo, Utah on April 23.
“We are going to continue to work on our short game, but I am
giving them the weekend off to enjoy the Easter weekend and maybe
get a chance to go home,” Bermel said. “Then we will come back on
Monday and get back to business. We have to fine tune some things
to get ready for BYU.”
Women take fifth at BYU Dixie Classic
With a combined three-round score of 929, the CSU women’s gold
team landed a fifth place spot in the BYU Dixie Classic. UNLV took
the tournament crown with a score of 876, almost 30 shots below the
Dawna Virdell was the top finisher for the Rams with a total of
288, to tie for 12th place. Trisha Quick and Lynette Duran tied for
22nd with scores of 232 each.
The Rams have now finished in the top-10, eight times this
season. The Dixie Classic was the regular season finale for the
team as they now look to prepare for the Mountain West Conference
Championships, beginning April 22 in Sunriver, Ore.