It happened in 2008, and the CSU menâ€™s golf team hopes it will happen again in 2010.
The Rams are in Tucson, and ready to tee off in the Mountain West Conference Championships. CSU won the MWC in 2008 and is in a good position to pull out another victory this season.
CSU senior Bryce Hanstad said the team feels pretty good going into the tournament and is ready to pull out a victory.
â€œWeâ€™re coming off a big win at BYU and playing well,â€ he said. â€œIt was good to get that back in our system heading into the post season. Weâ€™ve played here a ton before. We all know the golf course really well, so weâ€™re all excited and ready to go.â€
Ranked No. 34 nationally, the Rams enter the MWC Championships coming off a first place finish at the Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah on April 24. Senior Riley Arp said the win was a good precursor to the post season.
â€œIt gives you quite a bit of momentum,â€ he said. â€œIf you think about it, itâ€™s been about four months since our previous win, and so weâ€™ve been looking for an upswing coming into conference and regionals and then hopefully nationals. I think the win at BYU got us off to a really good start.â€
The Rams are led by Arp and Hanstad. Both golfers enter the weekend with an average score of just under 72 strokes per round. Also set to compete for the green and gold this weekend are senior Dustin Morris, junior Ryan Peterson and sophomore Zahkai Brown.
Morris said that the Rams are in a really good state of mind heading into the competition and said he is pretty relaxed at the moment.
â€œIt kind of feels like we donâ€™t have any pressure on us right now since we won last (time out),â€ Morris said. â€œIt kind of feels like we are going for broke right now. If we win, we win, if we donâ€™t, we donâ€™t. We still have regionalâ€™s and then nationals hopefully.â€
Even though all nine MWC schools are set to compete in the tournament, TCU and UNLV appear to be the Rams biggest competition this weekend. The Rebels enter the competition ranked No. 17 in the nation followed closely by the No. 19 Horned Frogs.
Hanstad said heâ€™s most worried about TCU.
â€œThey (TCU) have a pretty experienced team and theyâ€™ve had a pretty good year going,â€ Hanstad said. â€œI would see them as the biggest competition.â€
Hanstad, a Minnesota native, added that winning the conference championship in 2008 has given the Rams confidence they can do it again this year and said CSUâ€™s experience will help to carry the team.
â€œWe have a couple more years under our belts and weâ€™ve been able to win some tournaments along the way,â€ he said. â€œThat definitely makes a big difference. I think experience will be the changing factor of whether we win or not.â€
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About the Team
What: MWC Champion ships
When: Today – Saturday
Where: Tuscon, Ariz.