The CSU men’s golf team will have little time to relax during
the next five days, as it plays in two tournaments
The Rams will begin play today in Palo Alto, Calif., as they
participate in the Nelson Invitational. The three-day tournament
will conclude on Sunday and the Rams will then travel to San Diego
to participate in the Barona Collegiate Cup on Monday.
Playing two tournaments back-to-back can be an exhausting task,
but head coach Jamie Bermel said the team is up to the
“I expect the team to play well,” Bermel said. “We have had two
good weeks of practice and qualifying and things are looking good.
I think we will be just fine.”
In addition to CSU, 16 other teams will participate in the
Nelson, including host Stanford, Colorado, Northern Colorado and
Mountain West Conference teams UNLV and New Mexico. The tournament
will take place at the Stanford Golf Course.
Each member of a team will play 18 holes each day for a total of
54 holes during a three-day period. CSU’s five-man team will
consist of senior John Hayes, juniors Nate Pettitt and Kevin
McAlpine, and sophomores Aaron Weston and Derrick Whiting. Each
team’s four lowest individual scores will count toward the team’s
Pettitt said that although playing in two tournaments
consecutively will be a challenge, it is important for the team to
play well in the Nelson and build momentum for the Barona.
“It will test us both physically and mentally,” Pettitt said.
“If we play well the first tournament we will be fine, but if we
struggle early on, then it may be a long trip.”
Hayes said a successful performance at the Nelson could help
give the team the confidence it needs to perform well at the
“Hopefully we can get off to a good start at Stanford and ride a
wave of confidence through the tournament in San Diego,” Hayes
said. “I know all of us have played at least five straight days
before, so I don’t think it will be too much to ask of any of
The Rams last played Oct. 8 and 9 at the Fresno Lexus Classic in
Fresno, Calif. The team finished in sixth place and McAlpine had
perhaps his most impressive performance of the season, finishing in
a tie for eighth place in the individual standings.
“I’m looking to go (to Stanford) thinking I can win,” McAlpine
said. “Going off my last performance in Fresno, I’m sure that I can
do that. I’m going to play hard and hopefully the putts will fall,
and I’ll put in a good performance.”
The Rams are ranked No. 61 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin
Performance Index rankings. McAlpine said the Rams are better than
their No. 61 ranking, and he said he sees the Nelson and the Barona
as opportunities to climb in the rankings.
“It will give us a big boost of confidence if we can post two
good finishes and also improve our ranking,” McAlpine said. “(Our
ranking) has slipped below where I feel we should be at this point.
We are definitely a top-50 team and I’m aiming to get back into
that top 50.”