Oct 212004
 
Authors: Bob Fernandez

The CSU men’s golf team will have little time to relax during

the next five days, as it plays in two tournaments

back-to-back.

The Rams will begin play today in Palo Alto, Calif., as they

participate in the Nelson Invitational. The three-day tournament

will conclude on Sunday and the Rams will then travel to San Diego

to participate in the Barona Collegiate Cup on Monday.

Playing two tournaments back-to-back can be an exhausting task,

but head coach Jamie Bermel said the team is up to the

challenge.

“I expect the team to play well,” Bermel said. “We have had two

good weeks of practice and qualifying and things are looking good.

I think we will be just fine.”

In addition to CSU, 16 other teams will participate in the

Nelson, including host Stanford, Colorado, Northern Colorado and

Mountain West Conference teams UNLV and New Mexico. The tournament

will take place at the Stanford Golf Course.

Each member of a team will play 18 holes each day for a total of

54 holes during a three-day period. CSU’s five-man team will

consist of senior John Hayes, juniors Nate Pettitt and Kevin

McAlpine, and sophomores Aaron Weston and Derrick Whiting. Each

team’s four lowest individual scores will count toward the team’s

overall score.

Pettitt said that although playing in two tournaments

consecutively will be a challenge, it is important for the team to

play well in the Nelson and build momentum for the Barona.

“It will test us both physically and mentally,” Pettitt said.

“If we play well the first tournament we will be fine, but if we

struggle early on, then it may be a long trip.”

Hayes said a successful performance at the Nelson could help

give the team the confidence it needs to perform well at the

Barona.

“Hopefully we can get off to a good start at Stanford and ride a

wave of confidence through the tournament in San Diego,” Hayes

said. “I know all of us have played at least five straight days

before, so I don’t think it will be too much to ask of any of

us.”

The Rams last played Oct. 8 and 9 at the Fresno Lexus Classic in

Fresno, Calif. The team finished in sixth place and McAlpine had

perhaps his most impressive performance of the season, finishing in

a tie for eighth place in the individual standings.

“I’m looking to go (to Stanford) thinking I can win,” McAlpine

said. “Going off my last performance in Fresno, I’m sure that I can

do that. I’m going to play hard and hopefully the putts will fall,

and I’ll put in a good performance.”

The Rams are ranked No. 61 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin

Performance Index rankings. McAlpine said the Rams are better than

their No. 61 ranking, and he said he sees the Nelson and the Barona

as opportunities to climb in the rankings.

“It will give us a big boost of confidence if we can post two

good finishes and also improve our ranking,” McAlpine said. “(Our

ranking) has slipped below where I feel we should be at this point.

We are definitely a top-50 team and I’m aiming to get back into

that top 50.”

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