CSU men’s golf head coach Jamie Bermel said he believes that
junior Kevin McAlpine is the most talented player he has ever
McAlpine displayed some of his talents Friday and Saturday as he
tied for eighth place among the 95 players who participated in the
Fresno Lexus Classic in Fresno, Calif.
“Kevin is a very talented player,” Bermel said. “He needs to
continue to mature on the golf course. He still gets easily
frustrated, and that sometimes leads to unforced errors, but his
overall game is improving. I still believe he is the most talented
player I have ever coached.”
McAlpine shot a three-round total of 211, five strokes under
par. In the team standings, CSU finished sixth among the 15 teams
Bermel also said he was impressed with the play of freshman
Praneeth Perera, who participated in his first-ever collegiate
tournament at the Fresno Lexus Classic.
“I was pleasantly surprised by Praneeth opening up with a 71 in
his first collegiate round,” Bermel said. “Praneeth played pretty
solid. I like the fact he shot under par in one of his rounds.”
After shooting a one-under par score of 71 in his first round,
Perera shot 75 in each of his final two rounds. Perera’s final
score of 221 earned him a tie for 47th place in the individual
CSU sophomore Derrick Whiting shot a two-under par score of 214,
earning a tie for 18th place. Junior Nate Pettitt finished tied for
28th with a score of 218; sophomore Aaron Weston finished tied for
65th place with a score of 224 and senior John Hayes finished tied
for 77th place with a score of 226.
The Rams’ sixth-place finish at the Fresno Lexus Classic was an
improvement over the team’s 11th-place finish at the Tucker
Invitational on Oct. 2. However, Bermel said he still expects more
from his team.
“We got off to a pretty good start on Friday morning (during the
first two rounds),” Bermel said. “I was a little disappointed in
the finish, especially the play (during) the last round.”
CSU will next compete in tournament play on Oct. 22-24 when the
team participates in the Nelson Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.
Bermel is hoping that CSU will shoot better as a team at the
“We still need to play better and we need better play out of the
veterans. Some of the new guys have really carried the load at
times,” Bermel said. “If the older guys can step up and play
better, we are going to have a pretty good year.”