Apr 062004
Authors: Joelle Milholm

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

Jamie Bermel.

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

closest competition.

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.

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