Men finish ninth at National Invitational Tournament


Day One

TUCSON, Ariz. — Despite top-20 finishes from Patrick Fishburn and Rhett Rasmussen, BYU men's golf placed ninth on Tuesday at the National Invitational Tournament held at the Omni Tucson National-Catalina Course.

"We continue to struggle to finish our rounds, " BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. "Hopefully finishing in ninth place will get our attention to go to work. Peter Kuest's 68 was a strong round that help our team's score today, and ties for Rhett (Rasmussen) and Patrick (Fishburn) are respectable. It was a frustrating week, but we will bounce back."

The Cougars fired a third-round team score of 287, tying for the sixth best team score of the day. As a team, BYU had 14 birdies in round three. 

Fishburn and Rasmussen both shot 2-under-par through 54 holes and tied for 18th place. Fishburn birdied four holes on Tuesday, shooting 1-under on the back nine. Rasmussen also carded a 35 on the back nine. Both Fishburn and Rasmussen shot even par on the day.

Kuest shot the lowest round of any Cougar in round three. The freshman shot a 4-under 68 and finished the tournament tied for 25th place. Kuest birdied five holes on the day.

Spencer Dunaway and CJ Lee rounded out the scoring for BYU. Dunaway shot 6-over on Tuesday to finish at 16-over through three rounds of play. Lee concluded the event with a third-round score of 75. Lee shot 8-over for the tournament.

West Coast Conference opponents San Francisco and Santa Clara finished the tournament in sixth and eighth place, respectively. In-state rival Utah placed 14th overall, shooting a team score of 881.

The Cougars will continue their spring season as they travel to California to participate in The Goodwin from March 29 to April 1.

National Invitational Tournament - Feb. 27-28, 2017

Omni Tucson National-Catalina Course

PlacePlayerRound 1Round 2Round 3TotalTo-Par
T18Patrick Fishburn736972214-2
T18Rhett Rasmussen717172214-2
T25Peter Kuest747368215-1
T57CJ Lee737675224+8
T82Spencer Dunaway797578232+16


PlaceTeamRound 1Round 2Round 3TotalTo-Par
1Iowa State274275283832-32
T2Arizona State280270287837-27
6San Francisco281295287863-1
7Colorado State293282289864E
8Santa Clara289287289865+1
10Notre Dame296283288867+3
12San Jose State303288286877+13
13New Mexico State294290295879+15