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Authors: Bob Fernandez

The CSU men’s golf team shot a combined score of 878, finishing

in 11th place among the 19-team field at the Tucker Invitational

tournament in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday and Saturday.

Arizona won the three-round tournament with a team score of


After finishing the first day tied for seventh place, the Rams

struggled during the second day, falling to 11th.

“I was a little disappointed we didn’t finish higher,” Bermel

said. “We were (tied for seventh) going into the last round and

finished two strokes out of seventh.”

Six of the eight MWC teams participated in the tournament. The

only conference teams that didn’t participate were Wyoming and


Among the Mountain West participants was the tournament’s host,

New Mexico. The Lobos entered the tournament ranked No. 1 in the

country, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index

rankings. The Lobos shot a team score of 857 and finished second


“I think New Mexico and UNLV appear to be the top two teams (in

the conference),” Bermel said.

CSU finished 21 strokes behind New Mexico, 15 strokes behind

UNLV, one stroke behind BYU, eight strokes ahead of San Diego State

and 28 strokes ahead of Air Force.

UNLV’s Ryan Moore finished first out of 100 players in the

individual standings with an 11-under par score of 205. Aaron

Weston, who finished tied for 24th place with a score of 220, led

the Rams.

Bermel said he continues to be impressed with Weston, who

entered the season as one of the Rams’ most inexperienced


“I felt (Weston) really played well,” Bermel said. “He has been

very steady the first two tournaments (of this season) and had a

nice third round (at the Tucker Invitational).”

The Rams have a short break before heading to Fresno, Calif., to

compete in the Fresno Lexus Golf Classic. The two-day tournament

begins Friday.

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