Sep 302004
 
Authors: Bob Fernandez, Nate Ramos

The CSU men’s golf team will take on some of the best collegiate

golfers in the nation when they compete in the William H. Tucker

Invitational tournament today and Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.

The 19-team field includes No. 4 Wichita State and No. 1 New

Mexico, who will serve as host of the tournament. These rankings

are according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index,

which puts CSU at No. 31.

“I don’t really feel more pressure than usual,” said sophomore

Aaron Weston. “If we just play good as a team, then we can give any

school a run for their money.”

Senior John Hayes is leading the young CSU team that will enter

the tournament as an underdog.

“A top-5 finish would make the weekend a great success,” Hayes

said. “I doubt many people are looking at us to contend with these

teams because (Martin Laird) and (Nolan Martin) have graduated, but

this gives us a chance to play well and hopefully surprise some

people. We need to show the other teams that even though we lost

two All-Americans that we can still compete with the best of

teams.”

This tournament will also give the Rams an opportunity to get an

up-close look at all of their Mountain West Conference rivals

except Utah and Wyoming.

“With most Mountain West teams being there, it’s obviously

important to do well and show them we are one of the best teams in

the conference,” said junior Kevin McAlpine. “It’s a good way to

learn how close we are to being a great team. I think we are close,

and hopefully throughout the year we can improve, and when it comes

to the conference championships in the spring we will be ready to

prove we are the best.”

Head coach Jamie Bermel said the team has practiced extensively

over the last three weeks and has focused on conditioning.

“I expect everyone to play well and the team to do well,” Bermel

said. “This will be a very good test within our conference. We need

to play very solid; nothing spectacular, but real solid CSU

golf.”

Softball to play two more in Triple Crown Classic

The CSU Rams will take on the Northern Colorado Bears and

the

Western Nebraska Cougars on Sunday in a continuation of the

Triple Crown Classic.

In the tournament’s games Sept. 24-26 CSU went undefeated by

beating UNC 7-0 in a no hitter, outscoring the Colorado-Colorado

Springs 2-0 and 3-2 and by beating Montana 7-0.

CSU will look to go 6-0 in the tournament against UNC that has

yet to get on base against the Rams and against a Western

Nebraska’s team that is entirely composed of freshmen and

sophomores.

CSU will face UNC at 10 a.m. and take on Western Nebraska at 2

p.m. Sunday at Triple Crown Field.

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