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
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
Softball to play two more in Triple Crown Classic
The CSU Rams will take on the Northern Colorado Bears and
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
CSU will face UNC at 10 a.m. and take on Western Nebraska at 2
p.m. Sunday at Triple Crown Field.