Cougars to Host PING Classic

BYU looks to capture the team title for the 34th time after a second-place finish in 2010. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah -- The BYU men’s golf team is set to host the PING Cougar Classic, the 49th edition of the annual event, Apr. 15-16 at the Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah.

The 18-team field includes conference foes Air Force, Colorado State, UNLV, Utah and Wyoming. The Cougars are currently ranked fifth in the Mountain West in stroke average (73.82). Sophomore Zac Blair’s 72.17 stroke average ranks him seventh among MWC competitors.

The Cougars finished second in 2010, just two strokes behind Colorado State. Senior Robbie Fillmore was the top Cougar finisher, carding a tournament total of 209 (-7) to tie for fourth place overall. Two other Cougars finished in the top 15 as sophomore Jordan Rodgers and freshman Zac Blair tied for 13th place at one under par.

Since the tournament’s inception in 1963, BYU has captured the team championship 33 times, including 20-consecutive titles from 1969-1988.

The last individual champion for BYU was Daniel Summerhays in 2007. Summerhays, a first-team All-American, carded an 11-under 205 to edge out teammate and fellow All-American Jake Ellison by one stroke.

Rounds one and two will be played Friday, Apr. 15 with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. MT. The final round will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 16. Each of the three rounds can be followed live by visiting www.golfstat.com.


Cougar Classic Records

Individual

54-hole total: 201, (69-69-63) Andy Miller, BYU, 2000

Best 1st Round: 64, Johnny Miller, BYU, 1968

Best 2nd Round: 64, Nick Becker, BYU, 2005

Best 3rd Round: 63, Brent Franklin, BYU, 1985

63, Andy Miller, BYU, 2000

Team Record

Five Golfers: 820, Fresno State, 2005 (Mark Mogdlin, Ryan Carter, Brian

Kelley, Jon Rosa, Ryan McDonald)

BYU Team Record

Five Golfers: 821, BYU, 2000 (Andy Miller, Manuel Merizalde, Scott Miller,

Jose Garrido, Billy Harvey)