HONOLULU -- At the John A. Burns Intercollegiate, the BYU men's golf team continued its lackluster play with a final round 293 (+5)to finish in ninth place at Leilehua Golf Course on Friday. After a promising first round (291, +3), the Cougars struggled in the second round (297,+9), before making slight improvements to finish with a three round, 54-hole total of 881 (+17).
"This is a disappointing showing for us," said BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank. "We are capable of playing much better. We didn't make the shots we needed to make, and our seniors, who we count on, had trouble getting their game together."
On the day, the Cougars were led by junior Jared Overton, who shot a BYU tournament best 70 (-2). Overton was the only Cougar to improve his performance with each round, after carding a first round 77 (+5) and a second round 74 (+2). Freshman Ron Harvey Jr. was the most consistent Cougar in the tournament, as he finished at even-par (71-73-72-216). Harvey was the only Cougar to finish in the top 20, as he tied for 12th.
"It was nice to see Jared compete the way he did," Brockbank said. "Ron played very consistent, and he showed alot of poise throughout the tournament. He's a freshman who has a load of potential."
BYU's seniors, All-American Manuel Merizalde and Kyle Wight, led the team in the fall, but so far in the spring their play has been inconsistent. Wight carded a 75 (+3), and Merizalde shot 77 (+5), for the second consecutive day, to tie for 48th and 58th respectively.
"For our team to do well, our seniors need to play better," Brockbank said. "They have the necessary tools to be sucessful, but they are
playing ugly golf right now."
San Diego State golfer John Lieber finished with a top score of nine-under-par (65-71-71=207). SDSU was the runaway team leader, with a three round total 853 (-11), to win the tournament by nine strokes.
BYU will next play in the Southwestern Intercollegiate, at the North Ranch Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The tournament will be
hosted by the University of Southern California, Mar. 4-5.
"We definitely need to regroup, and get ourselves ready to play in California," Brockbank said. "We have to look forward to playing better golf."
t12 Ron Harvey, Jr. BYU 71-73-72=216 E
t35 Jared Overton BYU 77-74-70=221 +5
t48 Kyle Wight BYU 72-77-75=224 +8
t52 Greg Machtaler BYU 76-73-76=225 +9
t58 Manuel Merizalde BYU 72-77-77=226 +10
Fin. School Scores
1 SanDiego State U. 274-295-284=853 -11
2 Auburn University 288-288-286=862 -2
3 Pacific, U. of the 294-288-289=871 +7
4 UNLV 289-290-295=874 +10
New Mexico, U. of 287-294-293=874 +10
6 Arizona, U. of 299-288-291=878 +14
California, U. of 296-289-293=878 +14
8 UCLA 295-291-293=879 +15
9 Brigam Young Univ. 291-297-293=881 +17
Colorado State Univ. 295-288-298=881 +17
11 Hawaii, Univ. of 288-299-295=882 +18
12 Denver, U. of 297-292-295=884 +20
13 Utah, Univ of 298-296-297=891 +27
14 Hawaii,-Hilo, U. of 295-298-299=892 +28
15 Nagoya 306-291-299=896 +32
16 San Jose State Univ. 302-298-299=899 +35
17 Texas El Paso, U. of 305-299-301=905 +41
18 Wyoming, U. of 317-290-299=906 +42
19 San Francisco, U. of 305-307-306=918 +54
20 Hawaii-White 330-312-321=963 +99