Fishburn leads Cougars to tie for 13th after second day at NCAA Championships


STILLWATER, Okla. – Patrick Fishburn leads No. 35 BYU men’s golf team to tie for 13th place after the second round of the NCAA Championship, Saturday.

BYU is tied with Arkansas, Arizona State and North Carolina all with a two-day total of 585 (+9).

“We played some very good golf most of the day,” BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. “It was nice to be in the top 5 of the leaderboard for a majority of the time.”

Fishburn led the Cougars in the first round, carding a 5-under-par 67. Birdying three holes on the back nine going 2-under-par, Fishburn finished the first round on the front nine birdying four more holes. In the second round, the senior fired a 72, birdying three holes, ending tied for second individually with a 36-hole total of 139 (-5).

CJ Lee shot a 72 in the first round birdying three holes. He followed it up with a 73 in the second, carding four birdies. Ending tied for 37th, the senior totaled a 145 after two rounds.

Sophomore Rhett Rasmussen finished tied for 77th after two rounds. Rasmussen started out strong in the first round birdying the first and third holes ending at an even par 72. Shooting a 77 in the second round, Rasmussen finished with a 36-hole total of 149. 

Peter Kuest shot 78-74 for a 36-hole total of 152 (+8) to tie for 121st, while Spencer Dunaway tied for 153rd.

Tomorrow, BYU will have its third round Sunday score added to the total for the three days of competition. The Cougars played their Sunday round on Thursday. To advance to Monday play, the Cougars must be one of the top 15 teams.

In their Sunday round, Rasmussen carded the lowest BYU score at 73 (+1). Fishburn shot a 78 (+6), followed by Kuest hitting a 79 (+7). Lee fired a 82 (+10) while Dunaway shot a 86 (+14). The team totaled a 24-over-par 312 score.

“Unfortunately, it is not looking good after they post our third round scores. I do have to say, I was impressed with how our team bounced back after a very disappointing Sunday round on Thursday. We will just wait and see how it all adds up tomorrow.”

The other 29 teams and individuals will play their third round Sunday starting at 7 a.m. CST. Live scoring can be found on the BYU men’s schedule page.

Day 1 Recap

2018 NCAA Championship - May 25-30, 2018

Karsten Creek Golf Club

PlacePlayerRound 1Round 2TotalTo-Par
T2Patrick Fishburn6772139-5
T37CJ Lee7273145+1
T77Rhett Rasmussen7277149+5
T128Peter Kuest7874152+8
153Spencer Dunaway8377160+16


PlaceTeamRound 1Round 2TotalTo-Par
1Texas Tech284287571-5
2Oklahoma State287285572-4
T6Kent State288291579+3
12Texas A&M293289582+6
T13Arizona State296289582+9
T13North Carolina296289585+9
T23Iowa State290302592+14
T25NC State292303595+19
T25North Florida293302595+19