With giant drives and sinking putts, senior golfers Nolan Martin
and Martin Laird played in the Mountain West Conference
Championship last Thursday through Saturday just like they have
played in every other tournament this season. The two managed once
again to finish in the top five with Martin tying for second and
Laird taking fourth.
“They (Martin and Laird) have been good all year and good in
every tournament,” said CSU head coach Jamie Bermel. “They have
just been really effective.”
CSU finished the tournament in fifth place with a three-round
score of 876. New Mexico and Brigham Young tied for first place
with a score of 867, but the Lobos went on to take the team title
after winning the playoff hole.
Laird started with a career day in the opening round of the
tournament when he shot an 8-under par 64. His score tied a career
best, tied the single-round CSU record, put him in first place and
the Rams in second. With eight birdies and never shooting less than
par, Laird closed out Day 1 five swings ahead of the nearest
“We were 2-over par the first day and I was feeling pretty
good,” Bermel said. “We just struggled to get a high third and
fourth place score.”
The Rams dropped to fourth in the second round after sophomore
Kevin McAlpine was disqualified.
“We had the wrong name on the scorecard and Kevin was
disqualified,” Bermel said. “That cost us eight strokes and we lost
by nine, so that was huge.”
Sophomore Nate Pettit said he was disgusted with the
“It cost us the tournament,” Pettit said. “We had to go to the
next best score (only the top four scores count) and that hurt
Laird hit a 73 in the second round, which was enough to stay in
first place going into the final round. Martin hit 5-under 67,
which tied him in second place.
The Rams fell to fifth in the final day, but Martin’s score of
70 secured a tie for second place. Laird hit a 74 and dropped to
fourth place. Sophomore Pettit was the next best Ram, tying for
CSU will now compete in the NCAA West Regionals May 20-22 at the
same course that the MWC Championship was played at in Sunriver,
“We have got two great golfers and that is 50 percent of our
score, so if we can just get some help from the three, four and
five, we should do well,” Bermel said.
Laird and Martin are expected to go far in the national
tournament and could finish as two of the top golfers in the
“They have the ability to win any tournament they play in,”
Bermel said. “But it has always been the goal to make it to the
finals as a team and to play well.”
Liard gets MWC golfer of the month honors
Before teeing off in the MWC Championship, Laird was named MWC
Co-Player of the Month along with Ryan Moore of UNLV. Laird has now
received the honor four times during his tenure at CSU.
During the month of April, Laird finished in the top-five in all
five tournaments he played. Laird has the lowest per-round average
of any Ram at 69.93 and is ranked third in the MWC.
Laird has accumulated a school-record 23 top-10 finishes
throughout his career at CSU. He also has nine top-10 finishes and
11 top-20 finishes, which are both school records.