May 052010
 
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

It happened in 2008, and the CSU men’s golf team hopes it will happen again in 2010.

The Rams are in Tucson, and ready to tee off in the Mountain West Conference Championships. CSU won the MWC in 2008 and is in a good position to pull out another victory this season.

CSU senior Bryce Hanstad said the team feels pretty good going into the tournament and is ready to pull out a victory.

“We’re coming off a big win at BYU and playing well,” he said. “It was good to get that back in our system heading into the post season. We’ve played here a ton before. We all know the golf course really well, so we’re all excited and ready to go.”

Ranked No. 34 nationally, the Rams enter the MWC Championships coming off a first place finish at the Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah on April 24. Senior Riley Arp said the win was a good precursor to the post season.

“It gives you quite a bit of momentum,” he said. “If you think about it, it’s been about four months since our previous win, and so we’ve been looking for an upswing coming into conference and regionals and then hopefully nationals. I think the win at BYU got us off to a really good start.”

The Rams are led by Arp and Hanstad. Both golfers enter the weekend with an average score of just under 72 strokes per round. Also set to compete for the green and gold this weekend are senior Dustin Morris, junior Ryan Peterson and sophomore Zahkai Brown.

Morris said that the Rams are in a really good state of mind heading into the competition and said he is pretty relaxed at the moment.

“It kind of feels like we don’t have any pressure on us right now since we won last (time out),” Morris said. “It kind of feels like we are going for broke right now. If we win, we win, if we don’t, we don’t. We still have regional’s and then nationals hopefully.”

Even though all nine MWC schools are set to compete in the tournament, TCU and UNLV appear to be the Rams biggest competition this weekend. The Rebels enter the competition ranked No. 17 in the nation followed closely by the No. 19 Horned Frogs.

Hanstad said he’s most worried about TCU.

“They (TCU) have a pretty experienced team and they’ve had a pretty good year going,” Hanstad said. “I would see them as the biggest competition.”

Hanstad, a Minnesota native, added that winning the conference championship in 2008 has given the Rams confidence they can do it again this year and said CSU’s experience will help to carry the team.

“We have a couple more years under our belts and we’ve been able to win some tournaments along the way,” he said. “That definitely makes a big difference. I think experience will be the changing factor of whether we win or not.”
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Assistant Sports Editor Adam Bohlmeyer can be reached at sports@collegian.com._

About the Team

What: MWC Champion ships
When: Today – Saturday
Where: Tuscon, Ariz.

Lineup:

Riley Arp
Zahkai Brown
Bryce Hanstad
Dustin Morris
Ryan Peterson

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