Robbie Fillmore took home the first tournament title of his career at the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
FRESNO -- The BYU men’s golf team recorded its first tournament victory of the season Tuesday at the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic, defeating San Diego on the first playoff hole to win the team championship. Senior Robbie Fillmore birdied his first playoff hole to take home his first individual title.
“This was a really exciting day,” said BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank. “This is what college golf is all about. It was great for this team to step up and win. Robbie obviously played great, and I’m really happy for him. But we had six guys out there that all contributed. Hopefully we can build on this for the future.”
The Cougars had to finish second-round action on Tuesday before completing the final 18 holes after Monday’s play was suspended due to darkness. BYU went +7 in the second round and posted an identical score of 362 in the third for a final score of 1085, 20 strokes over par, to tie with San Diego. On the playoff hole, BYU recorded three birdies and two pars compared to one birdie and four pars for the Toreros, giving the Cougars a two-stroke victory.
Fillmore had a spectacular run through his last 36 holes after opening the tournament +3. He finished the second round with six birdies to go 1-under overall and then posted seven birdies in the final round to improve to five strokes under par, going a combined -8 in the last two rounds. Fittingly, Fillmore defeated UC Irvine’s John Chin with a birdie on the first playoff hole to win the championship with a total score of 208, the first tournament victory of his career.
Senior Brady Johnson also had a strong tournament as he tied for fifth in the field of 99 golfers. Johnson was +1 in the third round to finish the event at even par. His placement marked the fifth top-five finish of his career.
Freshman Alton Anderson also had the best finish of his young career as he tied for 25th place at +7. Anderson was +4 in the third round. Junior Esteban Calisto was right behind Anderson at +8 for the tournament to tie for 33rd place. Two other young Cougars also contributed as freshman Zac Blair was +13 for the tournament and sophomore Jordan Rodgers was +20.
With a wave of momentum on their side, the Cougars will next compete at the Denver Desert Shootout held March 18-20.
Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic
T1*. BYU +20
T1. No. 24 San Diego +20
3. No. 6 Washington +22
4. No. 3 Oregon +23
5. No. 45 Michigan +27
6. No. 43 Pepperdine +29
7. UC Irvine +42
8. No. 41 Fresno State +44
9. No. 21 California +45
T10. Sacramento State +51
T10. Cal Poly +51
12. Pacific +57
13. St. Mary’s +62
14. Nevada +63
15. Kansas State +67
16. San Jose State +70
*defeated San Diego on the first playoff hole to win the team championship
BYU +20 (361-362-362—1085)
T1*. R. Fillmore 74-67-67—208/-5
T5. B. Johnson 70-71-72—213/E
T25. A. Anderson 68-77-75—220/+7
T33. E. Calisto 75-71-75—221/+8
T52. Z. Blair 76-77-73—226/+13
T83. J. Rodgers 74-76-83—233/+20
*defeated John Chin (UC Irvine) on the first playoff hole to win the individual championship