Cougars finish tied for first after final round cancellation

PROVO, Utah -- Thanks to a rare late April snow storm, Saturday's final round of the PING Cougar Classic was cancelled. Because of the cancellation, BYU earns its first tournament victory of the season finishing in a three-way tie with Colorado State and Nevada at seven-under-par.

The Cougars finished one stroke ahead of ninth-ranked Fresno State. Nick Watney of Fresno State earned the individual championship finishing 10-under-par (68-66-134). He was followed by teammate Jonathan Echols, who finished seven-under-par.

The top Cougar finisher was Freshman Nick Becker, who competed as an individual and was not counted into BYU's final team score. Becker shot 68-73--141 three-under-par for his best career finish in seventh place. Two other freshmen, Greg Machtaler and Ron Harvey Jr. led the Cougar team both finishing in a tie for ninth place at two-under-par. Six Cougars finished in the top 16 individually including Kyle Wight who tied for 14th at one-under-par and Manuel Merizalde and Devin Heid who both ended even par and tied for 16th.

With the victory, the Cougars solidified their position to qualify for the NCAA West Regional in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 17-19. The Cougars should enter as the fifth seed in district VII. BYU will now focus on bringing home their second-consecutive Mountain West Conference championship on April 29-May 1 in Sunriver, Oregon.

Fin.   Top 20 Teams             Scores  

1 Brigham Young Univ. 282 287 569

Colorado State Univ. 284 285 569

Nevada, Univ. of 283 286 569

4 Fresno State Univ. 283 287 570

5 Texas El Paso, U. of 284 293 577

6 Wyoming, U. of 291 292 583

7 Denver, U. of 291 297 588

8 Air Force 294 297 591

9 Hawaii, Univ. of 283 310 593

10 Utah, Univ. of 298 300 598

UC-Santa Barbara 301 297 598

Boise State Univ. 291 307 598

13 Weber State Univ. 297 303 600

14 Southern Utah Univ. 300 302 602

15 Utah State Univ. 304 302 606

Fin. Top 20 Players School Scores

1 Nick Watney Fresno St. 68 66 134

2 Jonathan Echols Fresno St. 67 70 137

3 Mike Haack Nevada 69 70 139

Chris Baryla UTEP 64 75 139

Tony Giarratano Denver 68 71 139

6 Martin Laird Col. St. 70 70 140

7 Ian Hagen Nevada 68 73 141

*Nick Becker BYU 68 73 141

9 Mike Urbatchka Wyoming 72 70 142

Graham DeLeat Boise St. 71 71 142

Brett Tobyne Col. St. 72 70 142

Greg Machtaler BYU 69 73 142

Ron Harvey, Jr. BYU 70 72 142

14 Kyle Wight BYU 73 70 143

Tommy Sharp Col. St. 70 73 143

16 Luke Swilor Utah 73 71 144

Manuel Merizalde BYU 72 72 144

Scott Hollenbach UTEP 74 70 144

Carlos Concha Nevada 70 74 144

Kramer Aoki Hawaii 73 71 144

John Hayes Col. St. 72 72 144

Devin Heid BYU 71 73 144

T 1 Brigham Young Univ. 282 287 569

T 9 Greg Machtaler 69 73 142

T 9 Ron Harvey, Jr. 70 72 142

T 14 Kyle Wight 73 70 143

T 16 Manuel Merizalde 72 72 144

T 16 Devin Heid 71 73 144

T 1 Colorado State Univ. 284 285 569

6 Martin Laird 70 70 140

T 9 Brett Tobyne 72 70 142

T 14 Tommy Sharp 70 73 143

T 16 John Hayes 72 72 144

T 33 David Schultz 73 75 148

T 1 Nevada, Univ. of 283 286 569

T 3 Mike Haack 69 70 139

T 7 Ian Hagen 68 73 141

T 16 Carlos Concha 70 74 144

T 29 Sprague Kolp 76 71 147

T 33 Cullen Brasfield 76 72 148

4 Fresno State Univ. 283 287 570

1 Nick Watney 68 66 134

2 Jonathan Echols 67 70 137

T 29 Ryan Carter 73 74 147

T 50 Dustin Smith 75 77 152

70 Chad Spencer 78 77 155

5 Texas El Paso, U. of 284 293 577

T 3 Chris Baryla 64 75 139

T 16 Scott Hollenbach 74 70 144

T 24 Trent Rommann 73 73 146

T 38 Drew Hawley 73 76 149

T 50 Nathan Fritz 77 75 152

6 Wyoming, U. of 291 292 583

T 9 Mike Urbatchka 72 70 142

23 Kurt Kowaluk 70 75 145

T 24 Mike Mezei 75 71 146

T 45 Matthew Brunk 74 76 150

T 67 Jonathan Shuss 76 78 154

Fin. School Scores

7 Denver, U. of 291 297 588

T 3 Tony Giarratano 68 71 139

T 29 Erik Billinger 74 73 147

T 48 Barrett Jarosch 74 77 151

T 50 Shawn Wills 76 76 152

T 71 Tommy Hart 75 81 156

8 Air Force 294 297 591

T 24 Ben Leestma 73 73 146

T 33 Adam Wasinger 76 72 148

T 38 Brandon Daum 73 76 149

T 50 Matt Sakowitz 72 80 152

T 67 Daryl McCoy 78 76 154

9 Hawaii, Univ. of 283 310 593

T 16 Kramer Aoki 73 71 144

T 38 Jaime Matsumura 69 80 149

T 50 Norman-Ganin Asao 75 77 152

T 61 Matthew Kodama 69 84 153

T 67 Kellen-Floyd Asao 72 82 154

T 10 Utah, Univ. of 298 300 598

T 16 Luke Swilor 73 71 144

T 24 Ashdon Woods 73 73 146

T 50 Bruce Summerhays 76 76 152

T 71 Paul Winterowd 76 80 156

T 71 Nick Micek 76 80 156

T 10 UC-Santa Barbara 301 297 598

T 29 Scott Linklater 73 74 147

T 33 Nick Telliard 75 73 148

T 45 Jeff Greenfield 76 74 150

T 61 Greg Snider 77 76 153

T 74 Brian Six 80 77 157

T 10 Boise State Univ. 291 307 598

T 9 Graham DeLeat 71 71 142

T 48 Jeff Smith 74 77 151

T 50 Mike DeBoard 72 80 152

T 61 Jory Russell 74 79 153

80 Luke Sestero 78 83 161

Fin. School Scores

13 Weber State Univ. 297 303 600

T 38 Blair Bingham 71 78 149

T 50 Chet Thomas 77 75 152

T 61 Curtis Andrews 76 77 153

T 61 Zac VanLeuven 80 73 153

79 Derek Fox 73 86 159

14 Southern Utah Univ. 300 302 602

T 38 John Mosier 74 75 149

T 50 Jake Turley 74 78 152

T 50 Zach Johnson 76 76 152

T 50 Taylor Edwards 76 76 152

T 77 Robb Evans 83 75 158

15 Utah State Univ. 304 302 606

T 24 Nate Blotter 72 74 146

T 45 Kevin Mullen 75 75 150

T 61 Phil Kalivas 77 76 153

T 74 Michael Ericson 80 77 157

81 Chris Combe 82 85 167

Fin. Individuals School Scores

T 7 Nick Becker BYU 68 73 141

T 33 John Hulwick Denver 73 75 148

T 38 Jared Overton BYU 74 75 149

T 38 Christopher Graham BYU 74 75 149

T 74 Cameron Young So. Utah 76 81 157

T 77 Berg Crawford BYU 78 80 158