BYU Finishes 2nd at Ping Cougar Classic

Sophomore Brad Nicholson led BYU at the Ping Cougar Classic, finishing in 4th place at 5-under-par. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- With strong winds and firm greens, the BYU men's golf team achieved a solid second-place finish at the 2008 Ping Cougar Classic.

"We shot great on the first nine holes of the final round," said BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank. "But we missed a few short putts on the last six holes, which slowed us down."

The Cougars finished the tournament, tied for second with Washington State, at 6-under-par.

Sophomore Brad Nicholson led all Cougars in the final round, shooting a 3-under-par 69. He finished the tournament in fourth place with an overall score of 211. Teammate Robbie Fillmore followed Nicholson, finishing in fifth place--just one stroke behind him at 4-under-par.

The Ping Cougar Classic was a 54-hole tournament featuring 14 teams and 78 competitors. New Mexico State won the tournament at 17-under-par. The University of Utah finished in seventh place, 13 strokes behind BYU, and Weber State finished in 10th place.

The Cougars hope to improve their short game for the upcoming Mountain West Conference Championships.

"It's nice to make more putts than you miss," Brockbank said. "And right now we're not doing that."

BYU looks forward to playing against other conference teams at the Championships in Tucson, Ariz.

"We're going to take a shot and see if we can get in contention," Brockbank said. "We have nothing to lose, and I know we can do it."

LEADERBOARD

Place School R1 R2 R3 Total

1 New Mexico State 277 282 288 847 -17

T2 BYU 287 279 292 858 -6

T2 Washington State 285 285 288 858 -6

4 Saint Mary's 279 284 297 860 -4

5 New Mexico 280 281 303 864 E

6 Boise State 287 284 295 866 +2

7 Utah 287 292 292 871 +7

8 Air Force 279 292 302 873 +9

9 Wyoming 289 286 303 878 +14

10 Weber State 293 289 297 879 +15

11 Idaho State 288 295 298 881 +17

12 UVSC 294 297 291 882 +18

13 Utah State 297 293 299 889 +25

14 Sacramento 294 297 301 892 +28

Place Player R1 R2 R3 Total

4 Brad Nicholson 68 74 69 211 -5

5 Robbie Fillmore 72 67 73 212 -4

T14 Esteban Calisto 70 71 74 215 -1

T18 Tyson McFarland 73 71 72 216 E

T22 Nick Killpack 72 70 75 217 +1

T26 Adam Tebbs 77 71 70 218 +2

T39 Brady Johnson 73 71 76 220 +4

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